Dissecting Dragons

Dissecting Dragons: Episode 205: Guardians of Knowledge - Magical Libraries in Speculative Fiction

January 17, 2020

Episode 205: Guardians of Knowledge - Magical Libraries in Speculative Fiction

 

Libraries have come a long way since the days when they were almost entirely concerned with subscription users borrowing books, although that is still often the perception. In real life, libraries are places of nostalgia, even wonder. In speculative fiction the 'jack of all trades' approach of modern libraries is usually taken to new extremes. This week the dragons delve into the subject of libraries in speculative fiction - what do they represent? How are they iterated by different authors? What is the parallel between libraries and magical systems? Join Jules and Madeleine as they explore the darker, more whimsical side of knowledge keeping. On the shelf this week - Lirael by Garth Nix, The Flight of Dragons, Avatar the Last Airbender and many more.

 

Title music: Ecstasy by Smiling Cynic