Speculative Fiction

Speculative fiction is a broad category of fiction encompassing genres with certain elements that are nonexistent in terms of reality, recorded history, or nature and the present universe, covering various themes in the context of the supernatural, futuristic, and many other imaginative topics.

Under this umbrella category, the genres include, but are not limited to: science fiction, fantasy fiction, horror fiction, supernatural fiction, superhero fiction, utopian and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, and alternate history.

It is can be used as an umbrella term for sci

She Who Became the Sun (The Radiant Emperor, #1)
The Taking of Jake Livingston
A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot, #1)
The Book of Accidents
Build Your House Around My Body
You and Me at the End of the World
The Past Is Red
The 22 Murders of Madison May
Notes from the Burning Age
Sword Stone Table: Old Legends, New Voices
The Weight of Memory
Last Guard (Psy-Changeling Trinity #5)
We Have Always Been Here
The Testaments (The Handmaid's Tale, #2)
The Startup Wife
The Lost Colony (The Long Winter, #3)
2034: A Novel of the Next World War
The 22 Murders of Madison May
Remote Control
The End of Men
The Mermaid of Black Conch
The Past Is Red
Before the Coffee Gets Cold: Tales from the Café (Before the Coffee Gets Cold, #2)
The Glamourist (The Vine Witch, #2)
Light Perpetual
Soulless by Gail CarrigerRetribution Falls by Chris WoodingAnno Dracula by Kim NewmanAgatha H and the Airship City by Phil FoglioThe Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder
Favourite Steampunk/Alt. History Novels
165 books — 192 voters
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn MuirThe Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha ShannonThis Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-MohtarThe Hanged Man by K.D.  EdwardsThe Fever King by Victoria  Lee
2019 Queer SFF
136 books — 279 voters

Kindred by Octavia E. ButlerLegend by Marie LuBinti by Nnedi OkoraforMoon Called by Patricia BriggsAmerican Gods by Neil Gaiman
Diversity in Fantasy and Science Fiction
958 books — 701 voters
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail BulgakovSolaris by Stanisław LemThe Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki MurakamiOne Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García MárquezKafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Translated Speculative Fiction
353 books — 168 voters

Ender's Game by Orson Scott CardDune by Frank Herbert1984 by George OrwellFahrenheit 451 by Ray BradburyBrave New World by Aldous Huxley
Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
7,278 books — 22,183 voters
1984 by George OrwellDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. DickBrave New World by Aldous HuxleyFlowers for Algernon by Daniel KeyesFahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Philosophical Science Fiction
348 books — 492 voters

The Handmaid's Tale (The Handmaid's Tale, #1)
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1)
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Fahrenheit 451
Brave New World
Station Eleven
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Never Let Me Go
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle, #4)
Dune (Dune, #1)
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
The Power
Parable of the Sower (Earthseed, #1)

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