Speculative Fiction

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. It is often used as an umbrella term for science fiction and fantasy considered as a single genre.

The term is used this way in academic and ideological criticism of these genres, as well as by some readers, writers, and

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Alice Isn't Dead
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In the Vanishers’ Palace
Moon of the Crusted Snow
The Black Khan (The Khorasan Archives #2)
Unholy Land
The Tiger Flu
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She Would Be King
For a Muse of Fire (For a Muse of Fire, #1)
A Room Away From the Wolves
Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)
Lies Sleeping (Peter Grant, #7)
The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1)
The Fire Queen (The Hundredth Queen, #2)
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers, #3)
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)
Salvation (Salvation Sequence #1)
Finding Baba Yaga: A Short Novel in Verse
Leap (Breakthrough, #2)
Alice Isn't Dead
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American Gods by Neil GaimanPerdido Street Station by China MiévilleNeverwhere by Neil GaimanAnnihilation by Jeff VanderMeerHouse of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
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The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1)
Fahrenheit 451
Brave New World
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Never Let Me Go
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
Station Eleven
The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle #6)
Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1)
Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)

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Madeleine L'Engle
At Tara in this fateful hour, I place all Heaven with its power, And the sun with its brightness, And the snow with its whiteness, And the fire with all the strength it hath, And the lightning with its rapid wrath, And the winds with their swiftness along their path, And the sea with its deepness, And the rocks with their steepness, And the earth with its starkness: All these I place, By God's almighty help and grace Between myself and the powers of darkness!
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