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What is Specultave Fiction?

Speculative fiction asks the ‘what if’ questions? What if our world contained magic? What would space travel entail and who would we meet? If the society doesn’t change, what will happen to us?


The author shows is possible or what would have happened in the past if things were different.


What is the purpose of speculative fiction?


Its purpose is to stimulate our minds to a new understanding of our world, and usually how easily it can all go wrong.


What are the sub-genres of speculative fiction?

Alternative History, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Paranormal/Supernatural, Steampunk and Cyberpunk, Gothic, Horror, Superhero stories, Utopian and Dystopian fiction


Examples

1984 by George Orwell – What if our society was controlled and monitored by an authoritarian, omnipresent government?


The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – What if many women in our society couldn’t bear children? Would our government turn tyrannically religious?


Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – what if war desecrated our country and basic necessities for the masses were scarce?


The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling – what if the industrial revolution and the invention of computers happened at the same time?


Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken – what if shifters exist and fall in love with a human?


The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling - what if we had to mine asteroids which lead to us needing to become cybernetically enhanced?


So, are you writing a speculative fiction novel?


Speculative fiction is my favorite umbrella genre. It contains almost all of the type of books I enjoy reading and editing.


What are some of your favorite speculative novels?


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