The Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers Group (aka MNSpec) occasionally does some public events, such as the 2013 Speculative Fiction Writers Showcase which I hosted at Acadia last month. Whenever we show up in public, the question always comes up:
What is Speculative Fiction?
For the record, no one has ever asked me to explain the categories of Fantasy or Science Fiction. Most people learn at an early age that if a story has dragons in it, then it goes in the fantasy section, and if it has time travel in it, then it goes in the science fiction section. But then someone came up with time-travelling dragons and pitched a spanner in the works. Imagine the poor librarian, trying to decide where to put a book about cybernetic fairies, or spaceships powered by dwarven runes! [Read more...]