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 Water Knife
The Choosing (Seer, #1)
The Book of Phoenix (Who Fears Death, #0.1)
Apex (Nexus, #3)
Slow Bullets
Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction
Eternity's Wheel
Unseemly Science (The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire, Book 2)
Hunted By Treaty (Qui Treaty Collection, #3)
The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty, #1)
The Dead Lands
A Crown for Cold Silver
The Vorrh
The Affinities


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    A God in Ruins
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    Superhero Fiction
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    The Handmaid's Tale
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    Brave New World
    Fahrenheit 451
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    Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
    Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
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    The Zombie Room
    Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)
    Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)
    Never Let Me Go
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    The Giver (The Giver, #1)

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