Timothy C. Ward interviews Mr. Magical Realism, Bruce Taylor, about how Magical Realism creates a plethora of opportunities for story telling. You may remember Bruce from the WorldCon/ChiCon panel where he and Cat Valente discussed, “Quantum Physics Meets Magical Realism.”
About our guest, Bruce Taylor:
Bruce Taylor, also know as “Mr. Magic Realism,” was a student at the Clarion West Science Fiction/Fantasy, and has been actively promoting and advancing the form of writing known as Magical Realism, founding the Magic Realist Writers International Network in 2001. He has currently co-edited, along with Elton Elliott (former editor of the Science Fiction Review), the anthology Like Water for Quarks: The Intersection of Magic Realism and Science Fiction.
- Magical Realism as a literary form of lucid dreaming
- Examples of stories in this genre:
- An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce; Finding Willoughby; One Hundred Years of Solitude (P.S.) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies by Laura Esquivel;
- How Magical Realism combines cultures, such as European and South American.
- How do you combine the magical without throwing people out of the story?
- How the use of metaphor can convey what words can’t, and how Magical Realism uses that in story.
- How South America/European clash was the perfect place to create Magical Realism.
- How the advances in modern quantum physics create a perfect time to explore Magical Realism. (17:45)
- Story ideas a plenty!
- “As quantum physics and magical realism have developed and drawn closer together, it is like a singularity that only magical realism and quantum physics can appreciate how strange things truly are.” ~20 min
- Tim reviewed Like Water for Quarks at SF Signal.
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