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

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The Year of the Witching
Axiom's End
A Peculiar Peril (The Misadventures of Jonathan Lambshead, #1)
Trouble the Saints
Or What You Will
Unconquerable Sun (The Sun Chronicles, #1)
The Relentless Moon (Lady Astronaut #3)
Splinters of Scarlet
The Worst of All Possible Worlds (The Salvagers, #3)
A Song Below Water
These Nameless Things
The Mysterious Study of Doctor Sex
The Rain Heron
The Testaments (The Handmaid's Tale, #2)
Malorie (Bird Box, #2)
The Glamourist (The Vine Witch, #2)
Exhalation: Stories
Survivor Song
A Girl From Nowhere (The Firewall Trilogy, #1)
The Empire of Gold (The Daevabad Trilogy, #3)
The Second Sleep
A World of Secrets (The Firewall Trilogy, #2)
Summer Frost
As the Last I May Know
Scarlet Odyssey (Scarlet Odyssey, #1)
The Lost Colony (The Long Winter, #3)
The Relentless Moon (Lady Astronaut #3)
The Woman in the Window by A.J. FinnThe Wife Between Us by Greer HendricksSometimes I Lie by Alice FeeneyThe Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth WareThe Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
2018 Mystery Thriller Horror
284 books — 293 voters
The Name of the Wind by Patrick RothfussThe Wise Man's Fear by Patrick RothfussThe Final Empire by Brandon SandersonThe Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott LynchThe Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
New Speculative Fiction Stars
1,059 books — 2,679 voters

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail BulgakovSolaris by Stanisław LemThe Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki MurakamiKafka on the Shore by Haruki MurakamiOne Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
Translated Speculative Fiction
333 books — 158 voters
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeerAuthority by Jeff VanderMeerStarshine by G.S. JennsenWords of Radiance by Brandon SandersonThe Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
2014 Speculative Fiction
67 books — 192 voters

The Moon Dwellers by David EstesFire Country by David EstesThe Woodlands by Lauren Nicolle TaylorThe Past by Kenneth   ThomasA Different Alchemy by Chris Dietzel
Little Known Dystopias
229 books — 312 voters
City of Bones by Cassandra ClareAberrant by Ruth  SilverCity of Glass by Cassandra ClareCity of Ashes by Cassandra ClareA Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Best Speculative Fiction
264 books — 247 voters

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

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