Interstellar space travel, alien invasions, nuclear holocaust, and futuristic computers; what do all of these thing have in common? They are all elements found within science fiction literature. We looked at the history of science fiction in our last installment. Many works of science fiction fit nicely into a well established set of sub-genres, while others defy classification in their uniqueness. We already looked at several types of science fiction in our article on the ‘Punk genres (such as Cyberpunk,) but there are many more to discuss. In this installment in our genre studies series, I will be covering some of the broad classifications used to define works of science fiction literature.
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Expanding on my work exploring the many sub-genres of speculative fiction here at bkbass.com, I will be diving into each of them in-turn and trying my own hand at writing them, exclusively for Peak Story Reviews
“Discovering New Worlds” with B.K. Bass will explore various sub-genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Each monthly installment will not only discuss the topical sub-genre, but also will feature an original flash fiction written by myself in that genre!
Keep an eye out for the first installment of “Discovering New Worlds” on June 29th. In the meantime, head over to Peak Story Reviews to check out all of the great content that is already there! Book reviews! Movie reviews! Much more to come soon!
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Our article on the ‘Punk genres, such as cyberpunk and steampunk, is now availbable.
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Like a mechanical octopus rising from the deep, the various ‘punk genres of speculative fiction can be surprising, amusing, and frightening! The ‘punk genres often blur the lines between different types of speculative fiction. They also share a lot of common themes, such as antiauthoritarianism and disestablishmentarianism. The commonality of these themes is largely responsible for the use of the word “punk” in their names. The views expressed in early cyberpunk works – which birthed the entire movement – reflected those of the punk subculture of the 1970’s and 1980’s.
Also, don’t forget to check out my articles exploring the history and sub-genres of fantasy literature HERE, and be sure to follow the page and myself for updates on my upcoming series on the science fiction genre!
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I recently entered two flash fiction pieces for a contest with Lore Publication. Today, it was announced that my science fiction entry, A Diamond Among the Rough, was chosen as the winner for that category!
A Diamond Among the Rough is a flash fiction story (less than 1,000 words) in the cyberpunk sub-genre of science fiction. It is a simple story focused more on immersion into the setting than anything, but sets up the potential for possible sequels. I would love to see this become a serial fiction project.
Lore will be publishing the story on their Medium site soon. Stay connected for updates!