Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Borderlands

The difference between borderlands and Water Margins is a question of edges. A water margin exists at the edge of, or may fully surround, a central Polder or Land or empire; but it has no further edge. Characters cannot pass through water margins into other regions: if they remain close to the edge they may re-enter the central territory, but if they stray too deep they simply fade from view. A borderland, on the other hand, always boasts at least two edges, and generally serves as a marker, resting place or toll-gate between two differing kinds of Reality. A borderland like that featured in the Borderland sequence of Shared-World anthologies ed Mark Alan Arnold and Terri Windling will be a hotbed of Crosshatch activities, and may readily serve as a Template venue for various sorts of Epic Fantasy. [JC]

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.