Dissecting Dragons: Episode 25: Death and All His Friends - Themes of Death, Dying and Grief in Speculative Fiction

July 29, 2016

Episode 25: Death and All His Friends - Themes of Death, Dying and Grief in Speculative Fiction

Death comes to us all but apparently it wasn't the Dragons' time since He declined a guest spot on the show,. Instead SFF authors J.A.Ironside and M.E.Vaughan take a look at death in speculative fiction. Why is there so much personification and anthropomorphism of a natural life event? Where does that and concepts like 'Death and the Maiden' date back to? How are death and grief used as motivators (or not) in speculative fiction? On the slab this week Buffy the Vampire slayer, Supernatural, pre-Babylonian and Greek myths about the descent of the goddess to the underworld, Sarah J, Maas' A Court of Mist and Fury and of course, Harry Potter.
Join us for both gallows humour and serious discussion.
Title music: 'Ecstasy' by Smiling Cynic
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