(If you're going to SLC Comic Con FanX, here's my schedule)
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Of course, not everyone wants to confront an issue head on; many authors, even in contemporary literature, prefer to use symbols. Once again, science fiction and fantasy have a distinct advantage over their literary counterparts; because we deal with imaginary worlds, it is far, far easier for us to create symbols than it is for authors limited to the real world. Though, to be fair, we probably have more of a challenge helping the reader recognize our symbols for what they are without figuratively beating him or her over the head with them. Even so, we have the ability to help our readers confront ideas from a position of strength and security (the comfort of a blatantly imaginary, nonthreatening setting and the lure of an engaging plot), which gives our writing tremendous power.
* Cold and Thieving Fires is not yet published. The details above are shared with permission of the author. You can contact Blake Bunker at www.facebook.com/Blake.Bunker.5