Podcast Episode 37: Exploring Culture through Epic Fantasy

shawn lambJoin The Genre Traveler as she chats with Shawn Lamb, author of the young adult fantasy series Allon. The series was instigated by a request from Shawn’s daughter, but grew into much more as the diverse array of neighborhood kids got in on the fun. During the conversation we touch on the cultural questions teens from other countries have when exposed to American High School culture, making the transition from historical fiction to fantasy, writing for BraveStarr at Filmation Studios, age appropriateness of stories, the benefits of having a good understanding of history and more.

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Duration: 31:26
File Size: 36 MB

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This animated space Western aired from September 1987 to February 1988. It was the last animated series produced by Filmation and Group W Productions that was broadcast. The idea for the show started in 1984 when Filmation was working on the animated Ghostbusters. The staff created a character called Tex Hex. Lou Scheimer, one of the original founders of Filmation, found the character fascinating and pulled him from the Ghostbusters cast and asked Arthur Nadel, Filmation’s Vice President for Creative Affairs, and art director John Grusd to develop a SF western around the character. What resulted was BraveStarr and Tex Hex was his chief adversary.

Mary Stewart's Merlin series Mary Stewart
Stewart is a popular English novelist best known for her Merlin series, which straddles the boundary between historical and fantasy fiction.
Saint Camber Katherine Kurtz
Kurtz is an American novelist best known for her Deryni novels. Saint Camber was the fifth of the Deryni novels, the second book in second trilogy, The Legends of Camber of Culdi. These three novels were prequels to the first trilogy, taking place two centuries before.


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As The Genre Traveler, Carma Spence loves to view the world through Genre-Coloured glasses. In other words, she sees the world through a lens of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, where trash cans can be Daleks in disguise and neighborhood forests can harbor faeries and sprites. Magic realism is real! Or at least you can choose to see the world that way to add to the fun and awe of life.