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Unbound Worlds specializes in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Fiction. "So You Want to Read" offers detailed recommendation lists meant to introduce readers to specific categories within these genres.
Covering the science fiction and fantasy field since 1968. Locus publishes news of the science fiction, fantasy, horror, and young-adult publishing field, with extensive reviews and listings of new books, short fiction, and magazines.
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A non-profit fan-run web site and growing online community, dedicated to identifying, reading and sharing the best Speculative Fiction books the genre has to offer.
Fantasy is a genre that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, and/or setting. Fantasy is generally distinguished from science fiction and horror by the expectation that it steers clear of technological and macabre themes, respectively, though there is a great deal of overlap between the three (collectively known as speculative fiction or science fiction/fantasy)
Terry Pratchett – fantasy and comic fantasy author, see author’s website here. Series include the famous Discworld Series and other notable works such as the novel Nation and the collaborated novel Good Omens with Neil Gaiman.
J. R. R. Tolkien – fantasy author. Series include The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and the beloved prequel The Hobbit.
Neil Gaiman – science fiction, horror, and fantasy author, see author’s website here. Notable works include Stardust, Neverwhere, American Gods, and the collaborated novel Good Omens with Terry Pratchett.
Robert Jordan – fantasy author. Most notable series is the Wheel of Time series.
Urban fantasy is a subset of fantasy, consisting of novels and stories with supernatural and/or magical elements set in contemporary, real-world, urban settings--as opposed to 'traditional' fantasy set in imaginary locations.
Ransom Riggs – urban fantasy author, see author’s website here. Series include Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and other notable works such as Taking Pictures: Images and Messages Rescued from the Past.
Science fiction (abbreviated SF or sci-fi with varying punctuation and capitalization) is a broad genre of fiction that often involves speculations based on current or future science or technology. Science fiction is found in books, art, television, films, games, theatre, and other media. In organizational or marketing contexts, science fiction can be synonymous with the broader definition of speculative fiction, encompassing creative works incorporating imaginative elements not found in contemporary reality; this includes fantasy, horror and related genres.
Jules Verne – science fiction author. Notable works include Around the World in Eighty Days, 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, and The Blockade Runners.
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.
H. G. Wells – speculative fiction author. Notable works include The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, and Love and Mr. Lewisham.
Superhero fiction is a genre originating in and most common to American comic books, though it has expanded into other media through adaptations and original works. Ms. Marvel by Willow Wilson is one example.
Utopia is an ideal community or society possessing a perfect socio-politico-legal system. The term has been used to describe both intentional communities that attempt to create an ideal society, and fictional societies portrayed in literature. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is one example.
Dystopia is a form of literature that explores social and political structures. It is a creation of a nightmare world - unlike its opposite, Utopia, which is an ideal world. 1984 by George Orwell is one example.
Apocalyptic fiction focuses on the end of civilization either through nuclear war, plague, or other global catastrophic risk. The Road by Cormac McCarthy is one example.
Post-apocalyptic fiction is set in a world or civilization after such a disaster. The time frame may be immediately after the catastrophe, focusing on the travails or psychology of survivors, or considerably later, often including the theme that the existence of pre-catastrophe civilization has been forgotten (or mythologized). Divergent by Veronica Roth is one example.
Alternate history is a subgenre of speculative fiction (or science fiction) and historical fiction that is set in a world in which history has diverged from the actual history of the world. Temeraire series Naomi Novak is an example of this.