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28th Dec '15 2:00:07 AM spirasen
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The term 'Speculative Fiction' was originally a "backronym" for the initials SF; at the time, during the NewWaveScienceFiction movement of the 1960s, some writers felt that science fiction, or 'sci-fi', was equated to flying saucers and rubber monsters, and wanted to distinguish themselves with a new genre label. The desire for a separate category became even greater when people began to apply the sci-fi label to horror films containing blatantly supernatural elements (such as various immortals) but few if any science-based elements whatsoever. Over time, however, the term 'Speculative Fiction' grew to become a SuperTrope covering not only what self-described Speculative Fiction authors wrote, but also the SciFi and Horror B-movies they were trying to distinguish themselves from. Nevertheless, Speculative Fiction can be applied to a work correctly or incorrectly in order to help it avoid the SciFiGhetto; it can allow the more pretentious to believe that their favorite work is a proper 'literary' work with no connection to and thus obvious superiority over that geeky science fiction or fantasy. Today Speculative Fiction covers practically the entire fantastic end of the SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic, including {{fantasy}}, ScienceFiction, {{horror}}, and other, less well-known genres. (In this genre, JustHereForGodzilla is in full effect.) However, there are many speculative fiction stories that fall on the border between genres, and others that may be completely unclassifiable. Furthermore, many of these genres can be either used to [[NightmareFuel terrify]] or PlayedForLaughs, with the latter producing such genres as comic SF and comedy - horror.
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The term 'Speculative Fiction' was originally a "backronym" for the initials SF; at the time, during the NewWaveScienceFiction movement of the 1960s, 1960's, some writers felt that science fiction, or 'sci-fi', 'sci-fi,' was equated to flying saucers and rubber monsters, and wanted to distinguish themselves with a new genre label. The desire for a separate category became even greater when people began to apply the sci-fi label to horror films containing blatantly supernatural elements (such as various immortals) immortals), but few if any science-based science based elements whatsoever. Over time, however, the term 'Speculative Fiction' grew to become a SuperTrope SuperTrope, covering not only what self-described self described Speculative Fiction authors wrote, but also the SciFi and Horror B-movies they were trying to distinguish themselves from. Nevertheless, Speculative Fiction can be applied to a work -- correctly or incorrectly -- in order to help it avoid the SciFiGhetto; it can allow the more pretentious to believe that their favorite work is a proper 'literary' work with no connection to to, and thus obvious superiority over that geeky science fiction or fantasy. Today Speculative Fiction covers practically the entire fantastic end of the SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic, including {{fantasy}}, {{Fantasy}}, ScienceFiction, {{horror}}, {{Horror}}, and other, less well-known well known genres. (In this genre, JustHereForGodzilla is in full effect.) However, there are many speculative fiction stories that fall on the border between genres, and others that may be completely unclassifiable. Furthermore, many of these genres can be either used to [[NightmareFuel terrify]] or PlayedForLaughs, with the latter producing such genres as comic SF sci-fi and comedy - horror.

!!Speculative Fiction Sub-Genres:
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!!Speculative !! Speculative Fiction Sub-Genres:


** PunkPunk - Cyberpunk tropes and conventions juxtaposed with other genres and time periods
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** PunkPunk - PunkPunk: Cyberpunk tropes and conventions juxtaposed with with, other genres and time periodsperiods.

* HighFantasy, the epitome of which is ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''
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* HighFantasy, the epitome of which is ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings.''

* MagicRealism, "Hey! You got magic in my whimsical [[LitFic literary epic]]!" * MundaneFantastic, fantasy elements intrude on mundane everyday life. * NewWeird, non-derivative Horror, Scifi and Fantasy mostly blended together.
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* MagicRealism, MagicRealism: "Hey! You got magic in my whimsical [[LitFic literary epic]]!" * MundaneFantastic, fantasy MundaneFantastic: Fantasy elements intrude on mundane everyday life. * NewWeird, non-derivative Horror, Scifi NewWeird: Non derivative horror, sci-fi, and Fantasy fantasy mostly blended together.

* ScienceFantasy - {{Mix And Match}}ed scifi and fantasy elements
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* ScienceFantasy - ScienceFantasy: {{Mix And and Match}}ed scifi sci-fi and fantasy elementselements.

* SupernaturalFiction - It's all about ghosts, witches, suspense, and mystery
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* SupernaturalFiction - SupernaturalFiction: It's all about ghosts, witches, suspense, and mysterymystery.

16th Jun '15 3:54:58 PM PhantBat
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15th Jun '15 4:34:58 PM sdouglasjohnson
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Fixed broken link for Dark Fantasy
* DarkFantasyDarkFantasy
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* DarkFantasyDarkFantasyDarkFantasy
15th Jun '15 6:25:19 AM PhantBat
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Added a few more types
* BioPunk * ClockPunk

* DarkFantasy
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* DarkFantasyDarkFantasyDarkFantasy * DieselPunk

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* DarkFantasySandalPunk

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* DarkFantasyStonePunk * SteamPunk
10th Jun '15 1:40:24 PM ANTMuddle
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Today Speculative Fiction covers practically the entire fantastic end of the SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic, including {{fantasy}}, ScienceFiction, {{horror}}, and other, less well-known genres. (Much of what is under this genre tends to qualify as being JustHereForGodzilla.) However, there are many speculative fiction stories that fall on the border between genres, and others that may be completely unclassifiable. Furthermore, many of these genres can be either used to [[NightmareFuel terrify]] or PlayedForLaughs, with the latter producing such genres as comic SF and comedy - horror.
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Today Speculative Fiction covers practically the entire fantastic end of the SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic, including {{fantasy}}, ScienceFiction, {{horror}}, and other, less well-known genres. (Much of what is under (In this genre tends to qualify as being JustHereForGodzilla.genre, JustHereForGodzilla is in full effect.) However, there are many speculative fiction stories that fall on the border between genres, and others that may be completely unclassifiable. Furthermore, many of these genres can be either used to [[NightmareFuel terrify]] or PlayedForLaughs, with the latter producing such genres as comic SF and comedy - horror.
7th Jun '15 5:58:04 AM ANTMuddle
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The term 'Speculative Fiction' was originally a "backronym" for the initials SF; at the time, during the NewWaveScienceFiction movement of the 1960s, some writers felt that science fiction, or 'sci-fi', now equated to flying saucers and rubber monsters, and wanted to distinguish themselves with a new genre label. The desire for a separate category became even greater when people began to apply the sci-fi label to horror films containing blatantly supernatural elements (such as various immortals) but few if any science-based elements whatsoever. Over time, however, the term 'Speculative Fiction' grew to become a SuperTrope covering not only what self-described Speculative Fiction authors wrote, but also the SciFi and Horror B-movies they were trying to distinguish themselves from. Nevertheless, Speculative Fiction can be applied to a work correctly or incorrectly in order to help it avoid the SciFiGhetto; it can allow the more pretentious to believe that their favorite work is a proper 'literary' work with no connection to and thus obvious superiority over that geeky science fiction or fantasy.
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The term 'Speculative Fiction' was originally a "backronym" for the initials SF; at the time, during the NewWaveScienceFiction movement of the 1960s, some writers felt that science fiction, or 'sci-fi', now was equated to flying saucers and rubber monsters, and wanted to distinguish themselves with a new genre label. The desire for a separate category became even greater when people began to apply the sci-fi label to horror films containing blatantly supernatural elements (such as various immortals) but few if any science-based elements whatsoever. Over time, however, the term 'Speculative Fiction' grew to become a SuperTrope covering not only what self-described Speculative Fiction authors wrote, but also the SciFi and Horror B-movies they were trying to distinguish themselves from. Nevertheless, Speculative Fiction can be applied to a work correctly or incorrectly in order to help it avoid the SciFiGhetto; it can allow the more pretentious to believe that their favorite work is a proper 'literary' work with no connection to and thus obvious superiority over that geeky science fiction or fantasy.
21st May '15 4:28:47 PM ANTMuddle
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Today Speculative Fiction covers pretty much the entire fantastic end of the SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic, including {{fantasy}}, ScienceFiction, {{horror}}, and other, less well known genres. (Much of what is under this genre tends to qualify as being JustHereForGodzilla.) However, there are many speculative fiction stories that fall on the border between genres, and others that may be completely unclassifiable. Furthermore, many of these genres can be either used to [[NightmareFuel terrify]] or PlayedForLaughs, with the latter producing such genres as comic SF and comedy - horror.
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Today Speculative Fiction covers pretty much practically the entire fantastic end of the SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic, including {{fantasy}}, ScienceFiction, {{horror}}, and other, less well known well-known genres. (Much of what is under this genre tends to qualify as being JustHereForGodzilla.) However, there are many speculative fiction stories that fall on the border between genres, and others that may be completely unclassifiable. Furthermore, many of these genres can be either used to [[NightmareFuel terrify]] or PlayedForLaughs, with the latter producing such genres as comic SF and comedy - horror.
11th May '15 1:18:41 PM ANTMuddle
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Today Speculative Fiction covers pretty much the entire fantastic end of the SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic, including {{fantasy}}, ScienceFiction, {{horror}}, and other, less well known genres. (Much of what under this genre tends to qualify as being JustHereForGodzilla.) However, there are many speculative fiction stories that fall on the border between genres, and others that may be completely unclassifiable. Furthermore, many of these genres can be either used to [[NightmareFuel terrify]] or PlayedForLaughs, with the latter producing such genres as comic SF and comedy - horror.
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Today Speculative Fiction covers pretty much the entire fantastic end of the SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic, including {{fantasy}}, ScienceFiction, {{horror}}, and other, less well known genres. (Much of what is under this genre tends to qualify as being JustHereForGodzilla.) However, there are many speculative fiction stories that fall on the border between genres, and others that may be completely unclassifiable. Furthermore, many of these genres can be either used to [[NightmareFuel terrify]] or PlayedForLaughs, with the latter producing such genres as comic SF and comedy - horror.
29th Apr '15 5:17:18 PM ANTMuddle
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In line with the "pretty much anything" ruling.
Today Speculative Fiction covers pretty much the entire fantastic end of the SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic, including {{fantasy}}, ScienceFiction, {{horror}}, and other, less well known genres. (Pretty much everything falling under this genre qualifies as being JustHereForGodzilla.) However, there are many speculative fiction stories that fall on the border between genres, and others that may be completely unclassifiable. Furthermore, many of these genres can be either used to [[NightmareFuel terrify]] or PlayedForLaughs, with the latter producing such genres as comic SF and comedy - horror.
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Today Speculative Fiction covers pretty much the entire fantastic end of the SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic, including {{fantasy}}, ScienceFiction, {{horror}}, and other, less well known genres. (Pretty much everything falling (Much of what under this genre qualifies tends to qualify as being JustHereForGodzilla.) However, there are many speculative fiction stories that fall on the border between genres, and others that may be completely unclassifiable. Furthermore, many of these genres can be either used to [[NightmareFuel terrify]] or PlayedForLaughs, with the latter producing such genres as comic SF and comedy - horror.
27th Apr '15 6:01:05 AM ANTMuddle
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Today Speculative Fiction covers pretty much the entire fantastic end of the SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic, including {{fantasy}}, ScienceFiction, {{horror}}, and other, less well known genres. However, there are many speculative fiction stories that fall on the border between genres, and others that may be completely unclassifiable. Furthermore, many of these genres can be either used to [[NightmareFuel terrify]] or PlayedForLaughs, with the latter producing such genres as comic SF and comedy - horror.
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Today Speculative Fiction covers pretty much the entire fantastic end of the SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic, including {{fantasy}}, ScienceFiction, {{horror}}, and other, less well known genres. (Pretty much everything falling under this genre qualifies as being JustHereForGodzilla.) However, there are many speculative fiction stories that fall on the border between genres, and others that may be completely unclassifiable. Furthermore, many of these genres can be either used to [[NightmareFuel terrify]] or PlayedForLaughs, with the latter producing such genres as comic SF and comedy - horror.
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