Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Myers, Edward

(1950-    ) US writer whose only fiction of genre interest, the Lost-Race Mountain TrilogyThe Mountain Made of Light (1992), Fire and Ice (1992) and The Summit (1994) – picks up Motifs and Plot Devices from the period (circa 1900) when this category of fiction was in its prime, but applies a Revisionist-Fantasy analysis to the imperialism and racism endemic to his examples. So doing, he expands upon the lessons James Hilton (for instance) imparts through the world-well-lost tone of Lost Horizon (1933). In the first tale, a young anthropologist, psychically wounded by World War I, comes across a lost civilization in a valley in the Andes. By the end of the trilogy, he and another white man, along with a citizen of Xirrixir, are undertaking a transcendental climb to the summit of the Mountain Made of Light, where a City rests in wait. The lessons are complex: the Xirrixirians retain a range of wisdom Westerners have lost; but the anthropologist and his white rival have an ability to see their lives in terms of a Quest that drives the story onwards. [JC]

Edward Myers


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.