These books are speculative in nature, with an emphasis on using accurate scientific or technical details.
Social Science Fiction (a.k.a., Soft Science Fiction)
Books in this category speculate about human behavior, with a focus on the anthopological or sociological implications of human societies.
Books in this category are mainly set in outer space, have melodramatic or romantic themes, and feature advanced technologies and abilities that may or may not have a plausible scientific explanation. (Think Star Wars.)
Books in this category use supernatural phenemona as a major element in developing the plot and the setting. They generally do not try to explain events scientifically and frequently take place in fictional worlds.
Books in this category use supernatural phenemona as a major element in developing the plot and are set in an urban environment. They generally do not try to explain events scientifically and frequently take place in magical versions of this world.
Books in this category feature events in which the speculated history differs from actual history. This category includes Steampunk, a sub-genre which features technology, fashion, architecture and other elements as may have been envisioned by those of the Victorian era.
Books in this category feature events which are designed to frighten or startle the reader. They frequently use supernatural phenomena to explore concepts related to death, morality, the afterlife, and reality.
More Reading Ideas
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