This is a re-post of one of my favorite essays on a pet topic. Why do I write fantasy? For the same reason I read it: for pure delight, because it speaks true, and because I believe in the power of imagination. Here Ursula K. LeGuin argues eloquently in defense of fantasy (from her sadly-now-out-of-print 1979 book of collected essays, Language of the Night).
Why Are Americans Afraid of Dragons?