Why SciFantasy, not SciFi?

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Earlier this year, someone introduced me to Science Fantasy. Thing is, it’s been a part of my life since I watched my first science fiction television show,  I just didn’t realize it. According to Tvtropes.org, favorite shows, books, and films like Battlestar Galactica, Lost, Piers Anthony’s Apprentice Adept, The Matrix, Star Wars, Thor, and Transformers all fall under this genre.

Science Fiction is all about the tech and science.  Everything has to have a logical explanation. If the tech proposed by a writer doesn’t work now, but has a foundation in physics, then it’s considered acceptable.  The genre doesn’t want anything to do with magic, mythology, mythical creatures, paranormal, or things of that nature. They have no way of being quantified by known scientific methods. Fantasy embraces these elements. SciFantasy combines the two under one umbrella.

Unfortunately, SciFantasy is an unofficial genre. A few of its subgenres are categories on Amazon and Smashwords. For a complete list, go to SciFan.org and click on booklist.

Stars of Heros fits in SciFantasy mainly because of the horses and the werewolves. The canines won’t make an appearance until later, but the fact that I’m even considering them throws at least a few books outside realm of SciFi. The series is also more character than technology driven. Finally, there is an underlying quest during the first part of it, return Richard Peterson/Jeff Mason to his home century. Fantasy has the grand quest element, SciFi not so much.

I’m glad Science Fantasy exists because it makes quantifying and qualifying my books a little easier. Not as easy as if it was a standard genre, but one day, hopefully, I won’t have to worry about that.

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