Speculative fiction isn’t an old genre. While its subgenres have been around forever, they have only recently been grouped as speculative genres. Yet, it’s a perfect invention. After all, most of us geeks who love one of those subgenres like the others as well. Every geek has his favorite genre, as does the Ranting Dragon staff.
This week, our team looks at speculative subgenres. Here are our favorites:
|I usually read epic fantasy. However, there is one genre that intrigues me more: steampunk. There’s just something about it that makes my geek heart sing. While I haven’t read many steampunk books—though I adored the ones I did read—but I have seen a lot of steampunk-esque films and series. I mean, just think of the awesomeness that is Legend of Korra, for example! Or Sucker Punch! Steampunk all the way, especially if it has airships and other cool inventions.|
|High or Epic Fantasy
|I love High Fantasy/Epic Fantasy, which isn’t surprising since my introduction to fantasy in general was C.S. Lewis’s Narnia and Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness. I enjoy original worlds, mythical creatures, and magic that doesn’t have to be hidden behind the everyday. There’s something about a pre-industrial monarchical society that captures the imagination: Just ask anyone who’s ever read G.R.R. Martin, Mercedes Lackey, or Robin Hobb.|
|Hard Science Fiction
|While it’s tempting to talk about Epic Fantasy, I’m going to have to come down on the side of Hard Science-Fiction. Hard sci-fi is different from general sci-fi in that it’s concerned with accurate portrayal of the “Hard” sciences of physics, chemistry, astronomy, etc. It requires a serious attempt to make the science of the sci-fi plausible, and, when done well, makes a futuristic world seem much more real. While I won’t always necessarily be able to grasp some of the science at play, the fact that the writer put a lot of thought into it and isn’t just writing “fantasy in the future” where the science is basically magic with lots of LEDs really sits well with me.|
|Urban Fantasy. I mean, COME ON. Just go look at the list of reviews I’ve written and my list of books read this year, already!|
What’s your favorite subgenre? Let us know in the comments below!