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27th May 2004
For those of you that don't know what Speculative Fiction is, I shall quote wikipedia for you. As my bloody browser crashed with my long-winded post in it. (Lucky bastards. =p)
Speculative fiction is a term which has been used in multiple related but distinct ways. Speculative fiction is a type of fiction that asks the classic "What if?" question and attempts to answer it.
In some contexts, it has been used as an inclusive term covering a group of fiction genres that speculate about worlds that are unlike the real world in various important ways. In these contexts, it generally includes science fiction, fantasy, horror fiction, supernatural fiction, superhero fiction, alternate history, and magic realism.
Some brilliant examples of Spec Fiction are Frank Herbert's DUNE trilogy (Pure brilliance.), Tolkien's Lord of The Rings and even Star Wars to an extent, through its commentary on our political systems.
Another major thematic concern of the genre is the comment or observation it makes on humanity, LOTR looks at issues such as environmentalism, industrialisation, as well as genetic engineering.
Currently I've been tasked with writing a short story addressing this genre and need a few ideas. I'm currently posing the following "What if?" questions:
- What if WW1 never ended and were still happening today?
- Global Warming was accelerated to such a degree it killed our planet?
- Christ were to return and disown what religion has become?
Those are just toss around ideas. What do you think of them? Any of your own? Or just love literature like this? Just post! =p
I think it's an interesting premise for story-telling. Unfortunately, most speculative fiction books I've read aren't very good, I guess particularly historical fiction.
A lot of science fiction can be considered speculative as well. I just finished Contact by Carl Sagan for instance, which was stunning and speculative. A lot of Arthur C Clarke and Robert Heinlein books are the same way.
For whatever reason, Magical Realism is in there; I loves me some Kafka or Marquez. :yum: