a genre of fantasy that uses a city as its primary setting; a work in this genre
The wicked witch Evilene runs a nasty sweat shop on the West side, and don’t nobody mess around with this Mamma or she’ll sic her motor cycle gange [sic] on you, the Flying Monkies. Poppies are out in this version; they have been replaced by a seductive group of streetwalkers whose alluring aromas almost do our heroes in. The Wiz, as you can see, has become a real urban fantasy.
Spielberg’s Amblin' Entertainment is also offering ‘*batteries not included,’ an urban fantasy with Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. They play the proprieter of a small café who lead the tenants of a dilapadated department building in a battle with would-be developers. Some teensy-weensy aliens get into the act in this socially self-conscious fantasy for the young at heart.
Hawk & Fisher (identified as the first in a series) is also an urban fantasy in a medieval setting, but suffers from a severe case of dual identity.
I know there are great exceptions, like urban fantasy.
Even though he writes passionately against the genre of alternate histories being included among sf subgenres, two of his most expansive ruminations are on steampunk books, Tim Powers’s Anubis Gates and Gibson-Sterling’s Difference Engine, which became occasions for passionate lectures on Dickens’s contribution to urban fantasy.
Urban fantasy, a city is a place ; urban fantasy is a mode. A city may be anicon or a geography; the UF recounts an experience. A city may be seen from afar, and is generally seen clear; the UF is told from within, and, from the perspective of characters acting our their roles, it may be difficult to determine the extent and nature of the surrounding reality. UFs are normally texts where fantasy and the mundane world interact intersect and interweave throughout a tale which is significantlyabout a real city.
Acclaimed by critics and readers on its first publication in 1987, War for the Oaks is one of the novels that has defined modern urban fantasy.
Strange Horizons (<www.strangehorizons.com>) is one of the best, notable for its focus on what I've called ‘soft slipstream’: near future SF or urban fantasy, relatively conservative in telling and subject matter (with occasional more outré outbursts).
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