Genre fiction, particularly fantasy and science fiction writing, has a mixed reception in academia across the world. The notion that make-believe characters and worlds could not be intellectually fulfilling is an old stereotype that reduces some of the most profound fiction of our era down to children’s tales. This fantasy collection serves as an example of how genre fiction can contain impactful stories that challenge our understanding of traditional values. As the title suggests, life, from relationships to self-identity, offers no absolutes for the future. Humanity faces uncertainty of the past, present, and future every day. These stories reflect the same doubts and struggles with the combined complexities of strict societies or crumbling worlds. Character and setting are driving forces behind each different tale while they remain connected through their focus on familial themes.
Advisor(s) or Committee Chair
Dr. David J. Bell
Creative Writing | English Language and Literature | Fiction
Hughes, Tiffany M., "No Absolutes: A Fantasy Collection" (2015). Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects. Paper 535.