The Inner Workings of Speculative Fiction

Written by Chris Jorgensen

Today, and in the next few posts, I want us to discuss the modern genre. More specifically, I'll be focusing on the fantasy genre, as I have the best grasp of that material. Let's first talk about: 

The Inner Workings of Speculative Fiction

Speculative fiction is what we define as an umbrella term for fiction that contains elements that do not exist in the real world. This is why we can find Horror, Sci-fi, and Fantasy, all under this same term. Not only that, but Speculative fiction dates back to mythological stories, but I have some quibbles about that, which I will touch on more when I do a historical article. For the most part, we have a genre that tries to encapsulate the nonexistent into one term. Listed below are some examples that go under this term: 

  • Fantasy

  • Science fiction

  • Horror

  • Utopian

  • Dystopian

  • Apocalyptic

  • Post-apocalyptic

  • Supernatural

  • Superhero

  • Alternate history

Already, you can see that there is going to be a lot to cover. And rather than write for the next two years on one subject in the same format, I will do my best to condense or take the time it needs to get it done proper. 

So, next time, we will begin this epic journey into the genre that is starting to take over the popular media platform.