One difference, as bi-genre writer Matthew Dickerson notes, is that science fiction is based on science, “or, more accurately, on the assumption that everything is explainable by science.”. Science, of course, is naturalistic: It is replicable, depends on material laws, follows a rigorous logic.
Usually, the line between science fiction and fantasy is pretty clear. Fantasy involves magic; science fiction involves technology. The genres are similar enough from a writing perspective - world building, internal consistency, and so on - but the focus is different.
Writing Science Fiction: How to Approach Exposition in Sci-Fi Novels. In this excerpt from the book Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card explains why exposition can present particular challenges when you're writing science fiction, and tips for overcoming those challenges.One of my most popular blog posts is my 50 Fantasy Plot Ideas and Writing Prompts, so I thought I’d share a companion post of sci fi story ideas and writing prompts.Some of these may be more along the lines of “speculative fiction” than science fiction. They include prompts about the environment, artificial intelligence, genetics, medicine, time travel, space exploration, alien races.Use the ENG 237F course Web site to locate on-line materials on science fiction and fantasy. This offers course handouts as well as some e-texts for early sf works and a listing of useful Web pages. The essay should be 1,500 words in length (about ten pages).
It was all a labor of love; in particular Asimov often remarked that of all his writing, his essays for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction were his favorite, despite the fact that he received the lowest word-rate payment for them. From November 1959 to February 1992, an essay of his appeared in the magazine every month, without fail.Read More
How America’s Leading Science Fiction Authors Are Shaping Your Future The literary genre isn’t meant to predict the future, but implausible ideas that fire inventors’ imaginations often.Read More
Science fiction usually has a scientific premise at its core. For example, Jurassic Park, a novel by Michael Crichton, explores cloning. While science fiction draws on and extrapolates from what we know about reality and science, fantasy invents what does not (and likely could not) exist in our reality.Read More
There’s a bit of yin and yang to the sci-fi and fantasy genres, isn’t there? They’re not related by accident. They aren’t just the two genres that happen to be about things that are not real. No, there is some ouroboros, some magnetic dipole in th.Read More
Science fantasy is a mixed genre within the umbrella of speculative fiction which simultaneously draws upon or combines tropes and elements from both science fiction and fantasy. In a science fiction story, the world is presented as being scientifically possible, while a science fantasy world contains elements which violate the scientific laws of the real world.Read More
Science Fiction and Fantasy ready to change the way you see the world. DreamForge is an independent, small press Magazine of Positive Science Fiction and Fantasy. Our Print Magazine is beautifully illustrated in Full Color by nationally known and award winning illustrators like Elizabeth Leggett, Mark Zingarelli, Cassandre Bolan, and John Blumen.Read More
Science fiction will sometimes address the topic of religion.Often religious themes are used to convey a broader message, but others confront the subject head-on—contemplating, for example, how attitudes towards faith might shift in the wake of ever-advancing technological progress, or offering creative scientific explanations for the apparently mystical events related in religious texts.Read More
Science Fiction is such a strange term, since there are a lot of 'sci-fi' stories that have elements of mysticism and the supernatural (Spider-Man teaming up with a character like Dr. Strange). Anyway, I suppose Avatar has a bit of both.Read More
However, others have argued that three important distinctions take this novel out of the traditional realm of science fiction into a broader, more encompassing genre called speculation fiction, which is an umbrella term that includes science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, horror, dystopian fiction, and other works that imagine a universe that is slightly different from our own.Read More
Science fiction has always been about stimulating the imagination of the audience, using science-oriented speculation to explore the ramifications of ideas, usually in a way that provides some commentary on society. Fantasy has been similar to science fiction, but uses magic-oriented speculation instead (with a heavy emphasis on good versus evil).Read More