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 Light Between Worlds
Friday Black
Alice Isn't Dead
The Monster Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #2)
Finding Baba Yaga: A Short Novel in Verse
In the Vanishers’ Palace
Moon of the Crusted Snow
The Black Khan (The Khorasan Archives #2)
Unholy Land
The Tiger Flu
Exiles, Vol. 1: Test of Time
She Would Be King
For a Muse of Fire (For a Muse of Fire, #1)
A Room Away From the Wolves
Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)
The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1)
Alice Isn't Dead
Everything Under
The Fire Queen (The Hundredth Queen, #2)
Leap (Breakthrough, #2)
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
Salvation (Salvation Sequence #1)
Lies of the Beholder (Legion, #3)
Impostors (Impostors, #1)
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)
Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers, #3)
Acceptance (Southern Reach, #3)
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. TolkienThe Hobbit by J.R.R. TolkienA Game of Thrones by George R.R. MartinEnder's Game by Orson Scott CardDune by Frank Herbert
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Diversity in Fantasy and Science Fiction
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2018 Mystery Thriller Horror
213 books — 224 voters

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301 books — 143 voters
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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)
Never Let Me Go
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
Station Eleven
The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle #6)
Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1)
Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)

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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

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