“Fantasy is the most intelligent, precise, and accurate means of arriving at the truth.”
—S. P. Somtow
Thirty-five years ago, I was on television in front of a live studio audience when the interviewer turned to me and asked without preamble, “So tell me, Mr. Donaldson. What is fantasy?”
At that time, fortunately, I had an answer. Now I have several. For the purposes of this essay, however, my subject is “epic fantasy.” So I’ll forego some of my favorite answers (e.g., fantasy is humankind’s best survival tool) and stick to those that are most immediately germane.