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Over the weekend, I engaged in an Important Debate on 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 »


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 »


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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