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

This Is How You Lose the Time War
The Lightest Object in the Universe
Destroy All Monsters
Jade War (The Green Bone Saga, #2)
The Ascent to Godhood (Tensorate, #4)
Atmosphaera Incognita
David Mogo, Godhunter
The Survival of Molly Southbourne (Molly Southbourne #2)
The Lesson
Velocity Weapon (The Protectorate #1)
The Grief Keeper
Silver in the Wood
Forgotten Bones (Dead Remaining #1)
The Farm
Machines Like Me
To Be Taught, If Fortunate
Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)
The Need
Atmosphaera Incognita
Storm of Locusts (The Sixth World, #2)
Frankissstein: A Love Story
Fall, or Dodge in Hell
Hollow Kingdom
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)
Rules of Redemption (The Firebird Chronicles, #1)
Hazards of Time Travel
American Gods by Neil GaimanPerdido Street Station by China MiévilleNeverwhere by Neil GaimanAnnihilation by Jeff VanderMeerHouse of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Best Weird Fiction Books
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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
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Super Powered Characters Worth Reading
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The Handmaid's Tale
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1)
Fahrenheit 451
Brave New World
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Station Eleven
Never Let Me Go
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)
Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1)
The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle #4)
Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)

Margaret Atwood
They look, I said. They look in all our rooms. What for? he said. I think I lost control then, a little. Razor blades, I said, Books, writing, black market stuff. All things we aren't supposed to have.
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

Robert Jackson Bennett
Humans are strange. … They value punishment because they think it means their actions are important—that they are important. … it's vanity.
Robert Jackson Bennett, City of Stairs

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