from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A world or existence beyond earthly reality.
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- n. A world beyond death; an afterlife.
- n. A world other than the everyday world.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an abstract spiritual world beyond earthly reality
Ruling over this otherworld is an oppressive hierarchy known as the Magisterium, which is guilty of the unforgivable sin of (horrors!) telling people what to do.
It can summon the headless warrior, the greatest swordsman in otherworld with the spell, ‘come forth warrior, the battle has just begun,’ and to send him away, ‘its warrior this battle is done.’
SF/F has always questioned the status quo, imagined alternatives, and looked at assumptions and prejudices in otherworld settings that let us see the absurdities.
I thought the addition of the Elves as a society amidst the 'otherworld' was a great.
The entire purpose of holidays is that they are a kind of otherworld we step into, full of special symbols, that informs and shapes everyday life--and some of life, no matter how some bloggers would like to deny it in their Grinchitude, is always everyday.
The Nightside is a kind of otherworld othercity? parallel to London and vaguely accessible from London through various portals disguised, for example, as tube station maintenance closets.
In both the games and the film, Silent Hill exists on at least two levels - the town itself and "otherworld," a bleak dimension that operates alongside reality, or on top of it, or within it ... but separate from it.
In the interest of seeing what the "otherworld" competition is writing, read Simon Green's Nightside books and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, or even Charles DeLint.
Sometimes we ate at our desks - one year our teacher read a whole chapter of a novel aloud to us every lunchtime and I sat and ate and listened, drifting off into a kind of otherworld combining food and fiction, creating an association between eating and writing which has stayed with me to this day.
She didn't know if she was in the "otherworld," but more than anything, she wanted to go back.