Science Fiction Genres – Part One

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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The Fantasy Genre: Part 2

The second part of our series exploring the fantasy genre is now available!

In this second section of a three-part journey, I’ll be examining each of the major sub-genres of fantasy more closely.  In the first part, we looked at the history and evolution of the fantasy genre as a whole.  This time, we will be focusing more on the content and differences of the four major sub-genres of fantasy literature.  In the third part, we will explore the more niche sub-genres and sub-sub-genres that tackle very specific themes.

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Join me next for part three of The Fantasy Genre, where we will continue to explore the sub-genres of fantasy literature.  This next installment will look at the more specifically defined subgenres such as urban fantasy, flintlock fantasy, and dark fantasy.  See you again soon!