History and SFF: Footnotes in Fantasy Storytelling | #SciFiSunday
Great post from Erika Harlitz-Kern over at Tor.com about footnotes in fantasy fiction.
We historians spend a lot of time getting our footnotes right before we send a book or article off to being published. It’s painstaking and pedantic work—but love them or hate them, footnotes are crucial for scientific rigor and transparency.
Footnotes can be found in SFF, as well. But where historians use footnotes to clarify or to add additional helpful commentary, fiction authors have the freedom to use them to obfuscate and complicate their story in intriguing ways. Let’s look at a couple of examples…
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