When No One Else Will Stand Up and Fight the Obvious Evil: The “Unchosen Ones” of Fantasy #SciFiSunday

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Leah Schnelbach takes a look at the “unchosen ones” of Science Fiction & Fantasy in her new piece up on Tor.com!

It is a truth long acknowledged that an epic quest needs a Chosen One. The One Character, Chosen by Fate, Long-Prophesied, riddled with Marks of Great Portent, whose Birth Was Foretold, and Who Will Bring Balance/Right Wrongs/Overthrow Injustice.

But what about those heroes who aren’t chosen? Who see all of their friends, all of their world, go quiet in the face of an obvious evil? What about those who take up the lightsaber, the armor, the Ring, knowing all the while that, at any moment, they could be revealed as frauds? Or die without making anything better?

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