My personal definition of urban fantasy is “Weird stuff in the real world,” and I love it. I read it, I write it, and I love to talk about it.
I will always happily remember my discovery of urban fantasy. It was sometime in the 1980s—I suppose I could do some research and find out exactly when, but I’m not going to. I had recently moved to Minneapolis and I went to a local SF convention called 4th Street Fantasy Con. There were some writers there I’d heard of, and a bunch more that were recently published that I hadn’t heard of but were going to become influential in the future. These new writers included Steven Brust, Lois McMasters Bujold, and, most importantly for this blog, Emma Bull. Emma Bull’s first book War for the Oaks had just been released and was getting great buzz at the con. I bought a copy and—WOW!