Speculative Fiction

Speculative fiction is a fiction genre speculating about worlds that are unlike the real world in various important ways. In these contexts, it generally overlaps one or more of the following: science fiction, fantasy fiction, horror fiction, supernatural fiction, superhero fiction, utopian and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, and alternate history. It is often used as an umbrella term for science fiction and fantasy considered as a single genre.

The term is used this way in academic and ideological criticism of these genres, as well as by some readers, writers, and

The Library at Mount Char
The Philosopher Kings
The Life of the Mind (The End of All Things, #1)
The Light of the Eldari (Flower of the Universe Book 1)
Submit By Treaty (Qui Treaty Collection, #4)
Aurora Rising: The Complete Collection (Aurora Rising, #4)
The Water Knife
The Choosing (Seer, #1)
Slow Bullets
The Book of Phoenix (Who Fears Death, #0.1)
Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction
Eternity's Wheel (InterWorld, #3)
Unseemly Science (The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire, Book 2)
Speculative Fiction 2014: The Year’s Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary
Hunted By Treaty (Qui Treaty Collection, #3)


  • Io Deceneus by Florian Armas
    Io Deceneus: Journal of a Time Traveler (The Living Universe, #1)
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  • The Alpha and the Omega by H.M. Charley Ada
    The Alpha and the Omega: An absurd philosophical tale about God, the end of the world, and what's on the other planets

    On March 28th, 2016, God will end the world.

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    Nemecene: The Epoch of Redress (Series, #1)
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  • The Martian
    Station Eleven
    Ready Player One
    The Girl with All the Gifts
    The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)
    A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1)
    The Bone Clocks
    Nemesis Games (Expanse, #5)
    Saga, Volume 1
    Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
    The Water Knife
    Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1)
    Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)
    Watchmen by Alan MooreSoon I Will Be Invincible by Austin GrossmanThe Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael ChabonHero by Perry MooreBatman by Frank Miller
    Superhero Fiction
    505 books — 851 voters
    Fight Club by Chuck PalahniukTrainspotting by Irvine WelshFear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. ThompsonMagic America by C.E. MedfordAmerican Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
    Contemporary Cult Fiction
    135 books — 176 voters

    A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor VingeRed Mars by Kim Stanley RobinsonSnow Crash by Neal StephensonThe Diamond Age by Neal StephensonBeggars in Spain by Nancy Kress
    Classic Science Fiction - 1990-1999
    120 books — 60 voters

    The Handmaid's Tale
    The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
    Brave New World
    Fahrenheit 451
    Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1)
    Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
    Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
    The Elephant Tree
    The Zombie Room
    Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)
    Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)
    Never Let Me Go
    The Giver (The Giver, #1)

    Jonathan Lethem
    Jonathan Lethem Chronic City
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    Peter F. Hamilton
    [sic] his reaction was a sign of civilization. Nobody reaches for a gun anymore, just for his lawyer.
    Peter F. Hamilton, Manhattan In Reverse

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