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PostSubject: About the Genre   Sat Nov 22, 2008 6:49 pm

Sub-Categories of Sci-Fi & Fantasy:

Alternate History: speculative fiction that changes the accepted account of actual historical events, often featuring a profound "what if?" premise.

Arthurian Fantasy: reworkings of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Bangsian Fantasy: stories speculating on the afterlives of famous people.

Biopunk: a blend of film noir, Japanese anime and post-modern elements used to describe an underground, nihilistic biotech society.

Children's Fantasy: a kinder, gentler style of fantasy aimed at very young readers.

Comic: fantasy or science fiction that spoofs the conventions of the genre, or the conventions of society.

Cyberpunk: stories featuring tough outsiders in a high-tech near-future where computers have produced major changes in society.

Dark Fantasy: tales that focus on the nightmarish underbelly of magic, venturing into the violence of horror novels.
Dystopian: stories that portray a bleak future world.

Erotic: SF or fantasy tales that focus on sexuality.

Game-Related Fantasy: tales with plots and characters similar to high fantasy, but based on a specific role-playing game like Dungeons and Dragons.

Hard Science Fiction: tales in which real present-day science is logically extrapolated to the future.

Heroic Fantasy: stories of war and its heroes, the fantasy equivalent of military science fiction.

High/Epic Fantasy: tales with an emphasis on the fate of an entire race or nation, often featuring a young "nobody" hero battling an ultimate evil.

Historical: speculative fiction taking place in a recognizable historical period.

Mundane SF: a movement that spurns fanciful conceits like warp drives, wormholes and faster-than-light travel for stories based on scientific knowledge as it actually exists.

Military SF: war stories that extrapolate existing military technology and tactics into the future.

Mystery SF: a cross-genre blend that can be either an SF tale with a central mystery or a classic whodunit with SF elements.

Mythic Fiction
: stories inspired, or modeled on, classic myths, legends and fairy tales.

New Age: a category of speculative fiction that deals with occult subjects such as astrology, psychic phenomena, spiritual healing, UFOs and mysticism.

Post-Apocalyptic: stories of life on Earth after an apocalypse, focusing on the struggle to survive.

Romance
: speculative fiction in which romance plays a key part.

Religious: centering on theological ideas, and heroes who are ruled by their religious beliefs.

Science Fantasy: a blend in which fantasy is supported by scientific or pseudo-scientific explanations.

Social SF: tales that focus on how characters react to their environments Ð including social satire.

Soft SF: tales based on the more subjective, "softer" sciences: psychology, sociology, anthropology, etc.

Space Opera: a traditional good guys/bad guys faceoff with lots of action and larger-than-life characters.

Spy-Fi: tales of espionage with SF elements, especially the use of high-tech gadgetry.

Steampunk: a specific type of alternate history in which characters in Victorian England have access to 20th century technology.

Superheroes: stories featuring characters endowed with superhuman strengths or abilities.

Sword and Sorcery: a classic genre often set in the medieval period, and more concerned with immediate physical threats than high or heroic fantasy.

Thriller SF: an SF story that takes on the classic world-at-risk, cliffhanger elements of a thriller.

Time-Travel: stories based on the concept of moving forward or backward in time, often delving into the existence of parallel worlds.

Urban Fantasy: a fantasy tale in which magical powers and characters appear in an otherwise normal modern context, similar to Latin American magical realism.

Vampire: variations on the classic vampire legend, recently taking on many sexual and romantic variations.

Wuxia: fantasy tales set within the martial arts traditions and philosophies of China.

Young Adult: speculative fiction aimed at a teenage audience, often featuring a hero the same age or slightly older than the reader.
Sub-Genre DescriptionsMarch 18, 2008by Michael J. VaughnWriter's Digest
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