Defining Speculative Fiction
Blogger: Rachel Kent
First, I’d like to announce that KRISTA QUINTANA was randomly selected as our winner for the Starbucks gift card for participating in the survey. Congratulations to Krista!
We had more than 370 people respond to our survey and we are so grateful to you all. We are going to be able to use the information gathered from that survey to improve our blog and it was encouraging to hear that so many of you like what you are reading here already.
One of the survey questions asked about which genre you write in and it was obvious from the responses that the Speculative genre is a mystery to many people. The survey was anonymous so I don’t know who you are, but I’d like to talk about Speculative fiction with you today 🙂
Speculative fiction is an umbrella term for the fantastical fiction genres. I think it’s common to think about Speculative as the genre for a project like The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger or House by Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti, where there’s an element of the supernatural in the story without the project being a true sci-fi or fantasy. But the term speculative fiction is much more broad than that.
It includes all science fiction, fantasy, books with supernatural elements, superhero fiction, utopian and dystopian, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic, “weird” fiction (ghosts, vampires, witches, etc.), and books with fictional alternate history. I’ve even seen horror included in the definition of Speculative, but I’m not sure I would go that far.
Knowing that Speculative Fiction includes all of these types of books, which speculative books are your favorites? Which type of Speculative is your favorite?
If your favorite is Twilight, we will not judge. 🙂 Or maybe you love The Lord of the Rings or The Chronicles of Narnia?
I don’t like sci-fi much at all, but I do enjoy fantasy and books with an element of the supernatural in them–not angels and demons–but something that takes me out of the way the normal world works–like the 7 Hours project that was my client James Andrew Wilson’s idea.
I look forward to your responses!