Monday, 16 December 2013

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X is for xenotopia. Never heard of it? I was going to say, of course not, because I have just made it up, but I googled it to make sure, and it does exist. Although not quite in the sense I have made it up. Xenotopia means Strangeworldiness, so all fiction that utilises Other worlds, Alternative worlds, parallel world, magical worlds, fantastic worlds, alien worlds – all such books are xenotopian. They can be utopian or dystopian or heterotopian or whatever. Of course, all fictional worlds are strange, but let's agree that xenotopia is only about worlds that are really strange, ones that you can never reach, not even through time travel.

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