Christian Writers of the West recently held our Rattler Writing Contest. One of the categories was Speculative Fiction. In that it is a less-understood genre, I explored a little. Here is what I found:
Pure fiction, tells stories in hypothetical situations, whereas speculative fiction tells stories that take place in hypothetical story-worlds different from our own.
Speculative fiction is a fiction genre speculating about worlds that are unlike the real world. It generally overlaps one or more of these: science fiction, fantasy, horror, supernatural fiction, superhero fiction, utopian and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, and alternate history.
Speculative fiction encompasses works that don’t fit neatly into the separate genres of horror, science fiction, and fantasy.
Stories such as Stranger in a Strange Land. The Twilight Zone.
When you come across a story that both is and isn’t science fiction, fantasy, and/or horror, that’s speculative fiction.
David Bowlin of ShadowKeep Magazine states, “Speculative fiction is a world that writers create, where anything can happen. It is a place beyond reality, a place that could have been, or might have been, if only the rules of the universe were altered just a bit. Speculative fiction goes beyond the horror of everyday life and takes the reader (and writer) into a world of magic, fantasy, science.”
2 thoughts on “What Is Speculative Fiction?”
Hi Brenda: Very nice explanation of the term Speculative fiction. I wish that ACFW recognized Fantasy and Science Fiction Genres as separate and distinct genres. Thanks
Thanks. That helps. With everyone mixing genres, it seems like the line between gets thinner and thinner