Eddie Smith
Eddie Smith asked:

Why is book described as sci-fi? It's clearly fantasy, from an author that never wrote but fantasy.

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Thierry Easy way to decide:
If the golden age is in the past, it is fantasy
If it lies in the future, or in the hope of a better future, it is science fiction.
This is why Star wars is fantasy. Yes, fantasy... Come on, it's in a distant past, things were better before, you even get an emperor, princesses, knights, magicians and even dragons! What more do you want?
Here, you get colonists, trying to make a good life on an alien planet using technology. They escaped a broken planet that very much resembles ours. Their everyday life includes brain implants, neural interface to public and personal servers, social networking as a basic of life, 3d printing of anything from houses to food or medicine...
"it's clearly fantasy" you say. Not for me, not at all...
Where are your arguments?
Katy I would say it is sci-fi. The characters travelled to the planet where the book takes place from future Earth on a space ship, and they use technologies that don't currently exist.
Mark Cofta Definitely science fiction. The author speculates believably about future tech and how it could be tied to biology rather than refined metals and plastics, as well as how a society meant to be equal and democratic might function when everyone is linked via built-in net connections.
Michael It is definitely sci-fi. Why do you think it is fantasy?
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