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Archive for the ‘Defining Genre’ Category

A goodreads screen capture, because I forgot to take a photo of my local bookshop's YA section.

Phoebe is out in the boonies with limited internet connectivity, to it’s going to be all Sean, all the time for the next week or so. You know what that means – opinion pieces!  Let’s all argue about genre for a while. I reviewed Midnight City by J. Barton Mitchell last Sunday, but I neglected to mention […] More »

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Over the weekend, I engaged in an Important Debate on goodreads.com when fantasy writer Jay Kristoff posted the following status update: Calling your book a dystopian when it’s actually just a romance with dirty windows is kinda like lying. This post isn’t meant to call out Jay in particular. But I think that the core […] More »

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Arthur C. Clarke stated that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Larry Niven responded that “any sufficiently rigorously defined magic is indistinguishable from technology.” Either quote could be used in a pinch to describe works of science fantasy. As a subgenre of both science fiction and fantasy, it occupies the overlapping center in […] More »

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When you think of the words “sci-fi,” what do you think of? Spaceships gliding across glittering starscapes? First contact with alien life forms? Interstellar intrigue? The truth is that all of these classic sci-fi elements belong to the same narrow genre–all of them are part and parcel of space opera. A subgenre that encompasses both […] More »

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One of the hottest genres in YA these days is “dystopian.” But despite the way this term is thrown around in publisher’s marketplace announcements, it’s not always used correctly. In fact, many novels labeled “dystopian” actually belong to a separate subgenre of sci-fi—some are, in fact, post-apocalyptic novels. Though they might have what you’d call […] More »

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