Speculative Fiction's Sub-sub-genres

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Speculative Fiction's Sub-sub-genres

Postby frankcreed » 2008 09 14 1903

Y'all--
I’m compiling the most complete list of spec-fic sub-sub-genres for posting in a Web article. If anyone can think of one I don’t yet have, pretty-please wing it my way, kay?
Thanks!

Anatomy of Speculative Fiction

A.Spec Fic
1. fantasy
2. sci-fi
3. horror
4. crossover sub-genres
1. fantasy
Alternative History
Bangsian
Contemporary or Urban
Dark Fantasy
Fairytale
High
Historical fantasy: Celtic Fantasy, Wuxia, Historical high fantasy, Medieval fantasy
Light Fantasy
Low
magic realism
traditional Fantasy
supernatural fiction
superhero
sword and sorcery
western




2. sci-fi
AI
alien invasion
alternate history
apocalyptic
Apocalypse or Holocaust
astrobiology
Biopunk
biorobotics
Clockpunk
Communalness
Cybernetic revolt
Cyberspace
cyborg
Coming of Age
Cosy catastrophe
Cyberpunk
Cyberprep
Dieselpunk
Edisonade
Extraterrestrial life
First Contact
Genetic Enginering
Hard Science Fiction
Hollow Earth
Hyperspace
Light
Military
Multiverse
Mundane
New-wave
Parallel universe
Post-Apocalyptic
Post-cyberpunk
Post-Holocaust
Retro-futurism
robotic
Social
soft
Space Opera
steampunk
spy-fi
superhero
Time travel
Voyages Extraordinaires
Wetware computer

3. horror
Big monsters
creepy kid
classic monsters: Devil/ demons, ghost, lycanthropic, mummy, vampire, zombie
extreme (or gore or splatterpunk)
gothic
Haunting
Insanity
Lovecraftian
Noir
Quiet
psychological
Satanic or occult
slasher
Surreal
Suspense
Visceral
Witches or Warlocks

D. crossover (Sub-sub-genres: subgenres that can be used by more than one spec-fic subgenre.)
Alternate history
Comic
Dark
Dwarfpunk
Dystopian
Elfpunk
Erotic
Gothic
Heroic
High
Immortality
Japanese
Juvenile
Low
Lycanthropic
Mannerpunk
Mythic
Philosophical
Psychic or mind control
Religious
Romantic
Science-fantasy: sword & planet, dying Earth
Superhero
Supernatural
Utopian
Weird or Pulp



Faith,
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Re: Speculative Fiction's Sub-sub-genres

Postby frankcreed » 2008 09 16 0919

Last night I thought of thought-crime.
In the Lost Genre Guild private newsgroup, Grace Bridges asked if I planned on including definitions within this list. All art is subjective, but when you mix religious, philisophic, social, and political aspects to literary art, there will be debate about genre definitions. There's debate at the Ray-Gun-Revival boards that I'm including themes as genres, because once there are a gaggle of books written in a category, that's one way a genre begins.

Some of the newer genres are still being defined. The best thing to do is string together terms, for example 'Christian who-done-it-fantasy', and see what Googles on any specific day.


I'd like to ask advice here. What do you think of this comment from Rimworlder at the RGR boards:
"Change your hierarchy to reflect the proper relationships:

A. Science Fiction
1. Sci Fi
2. Spec Fic
3. fantasy
4. horror

Unless you insist on believing that speculative fiction is NOT the literary equivalent of writing science fiction while not calling it that... "

This would have been true decades ago, but today, spec-fic is the market's umbrella term, no?
Thanks.

Faith,
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Re: Speculative Fiction's Sub-sub-genres

Postby frankcreed » 2008 10 19 2210

Y'all--
Kay, the article is now available in my free e-zine. Just go to frankcreed.com, click the newsletter link, and type in which addresses you'd like it poppin'.

This issue also has a word-count table for lengths of different fiction forms.

Faith,
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Re: Speculative Fiction's Sub-sub-genres

Postby frankcreed » 2008 12 31 1415

There's also a more basic list at the lostgenreguild.com


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