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Science Fantasy


Robots and wizards, spaceships and dragons, lasers and fireballs. Mix these ingredients in your cyber-witch's boiling pot of dark matter, and you've got yourself Science Fantasy.

Science Fiction and Fantasy stories can be difficult to tell apart under normal circumstances, as all but the very hardest sci-fi introduces some hypothetical technology that one has to take on faith, like FTL Travel or Humanoid Aliens. And at the other end of the scale, even High Fantasy works have consistency requirements like Magic A Is Magic A, which can blur the line into Sufficiently Analyzed Magic.

Science Fantasy works, on the other hand, take traditional Fantasy and Science Fiction tropes and throw them in a blender, purposely creating a setting that has the feel of both. Expect to see a lot of classic Fantasy tropes (e.g. warriors with swords, dragons, wizards, castles, and elves) and a lot of standard Science Fiction tropes (e.g. spaceships, aliens, lasers, scientists, robots, and Time Travel).

In any event, it's bound to include Sufficiently Analyzed Magic, Magitek, Functional Magic, Magic from Technology, and probably Scientifically Understandable Sorcery. Sometimes, it may contain so much fantasy and science fiction as to be both Fantasy Kitchen Sink and Sci-Fi Kitchen Sink.

It should be noted that some works may slant towards one or the other, yet still contain elements of both. Science Fantasy lies near the middle of a continuum between Science Fiction and Fantasy, so there will naturally be a wide range of works that lie somewhere between "Fantasy with a dash of Sci-Fi" and "Sci-Fi with a smidgen of Fantasy". For an explanation of why the genres are so linked, see the analysis page on Speculative Fiction.

Subtrope of Speculative Fiction, under which all Fantasy and Science Fiction falls. Compare Urban Fantasy, Gaslamp Fantasy, Space Opera, Dungeon Punk, and Planetary Romance. Contrast How Unscientific!, where the mix of genres seems out of place. Compare and Contrast Doing In the Wizard and Doing In the Scientist, which retcons a fantasy element to a sci fi one and vice versa.

Science fantasy may also arguably describe character oriented stories where the fantastic elements are very subtle and are common to both science fiction and fantasy. Examples could include Paranormal Romance which just happens to involve Applied Phlebotinum, TimeTravel or Artificial Intelligence. Many such stories strive to keep the fantastic elements understated (often in the form of minimal Special Effects) in the interest of focusing on human drama.

Supertrope of Wizards from Outer Space.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Scrapped Princess blends fantasy and sci-fi elements, with a world seemingly in Medieval Stasis where magic and Tron Lines abound. Then adds Ruins of the Modern Age and the Skid into the mix and the existences of Xeferis, and Natalie, who're dragoons that link with their masters. And the Peacemakers, who are a powerful race of alien overlords who can enslave the minds of all who gaze upon them. And their true forms resemble Humongous Mecha!
  • Aura Battler Dunbine was a noteworthy Humongous Mecha anime because it was a Yoshiyuki Tomino work and because it happened in a medieval setting full with unicorns, fairies... and giant robots. And that medieval world was a parallel dimension the main character arrived at through a dimensional gate.
  • In Panzer World Galient the setting was a typical medieval fantasy world... with giant robots thrown in the mix. Later events show the setting to be closer to a science fiction story set in a medieval society (with a plot inspired by heroic fantasy tropes) than it is a high fantasy story that features giant robots.
  • El-Hazard: The Magnificent World is another series that blends science fiction with fantasy, featuring a story centered around a time paradox set in a land rife with magic and supernatural wonder. Yet, there are remnants of ancient technology as well, such as the Stairway to the Sky, the Eye of God, and the demon dolls.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! seemed to be straight Urban Fantasy at first, what with the mages and golems and vampires. Then Chachamaru came in. And the Mad Scientists. And the Magic Internet. And the magical Playful Hacker vs The Cracker face-off in cyberspace. And the Martian Time Traveller from the future with Humongous Mecha and Mecha-Mooks. And most recently, it seems that the magic world is actually on Mars. It ends up as sci-fi and fantasy in a blender.
  • In Lyrical Nanoha, the Space-Time Administration Bureau that the main characters work for is like Star Trek's Federation, except where Star Trek would have a piece of Techno Babble to power its futuristic devices, Nanoha just uses magic. Magical Energy Weapons, magical Faster-Than-Light Travel, magical Cyborgs, magical artificial intelligence with Windows-esque error codes...
  • Outlaw Star has spaceships and aliens, but the Space Pirates use Chi Magic and the most popular resort world in the galaxy was originally a Mana mine. The main character's signature weapon is a fireball-flinging Magitek pistol.
  • Urusei Yatsura technically may be a sci-fi, but essentially all of the aliens are some form of Youkai from Japanese Mythology: Lum is from the Planet Oni, Yuki the yuki-onna is from Neptune, etc. In practice, anything from Science Fiction or Fantasy can happen from Time Travel to Onmyodo exorcisms, so long as it's funny.
  • Wolf's Rain: Technology meets mythology. And how. In an incredibly twist at the end of the series, you'd think the entire story happened centuries in the future, when in reality it was 10,000 years in the past.
  • Dragon Ball starts out as a new rendition of a fantastic Chinese folk tale, with some science-fiction elements on the side (everything made by Capsule Corp). In Dragon Ball Z we get alien invaders, space travel, and androids and it all gets weirder from there. The final arc involved Wizards from Outer Space and an unstoppable pink blob-monster from near the dawn of time.
  • The Korean manga (manwah) Noblesse features an 800-year old vampire awakening in modern-day Korea, his having to deal with an age-old betrayal and his fellow Noble Vampires, who wield immensely powerful Soul Weapons passed down from generation to generation, containing the spirits and powers of their previous owners. Oh, and the bad guys is an international military organization known as the Union, which runs Super Soldier experiments with modified humans, werewolves, and vampires.
  • ARIA is a subversion. Set in a replica of Venice on the planet Aqua (née Mars), there are elaborate technological control systems maintaining the environment — floating islands for climate control, underground facilities for enhancing the planet's gravity — the works. Then the cast is caught up in supernatural time travel and ghosts of the past appear. This sounds like the setting for a gripping tale of planetary exploration and the technological and social struggles of the colonists as they deal with a mysterious past. But really, it's just an excuse for Scenery Porn, as the female gondoliers float through a beautiful, peaceful city in their happy-go-lucky lives.
  • A Certain Magical Index the tag line is "when science and magic cross paths", and draws liberally from all sorts of speculative fiction and fantasy tropes for each story arcs.
  • Zombiepowder. flavors it with Western themes. At the same time as you have gunplay, chainswords, bounty hunting, and gangs of outlaws, you have strange arts bordering on magic, people who can teleport, and rings that eat life force and can use it to revive the dead and make the living immortal.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a Magical Girl show. The science part comes in when Kyubey's motivation for recruiting magical girls is revealed. He and his race are Sufficiently Advanced Aliens attempting to stop the heat death of the universe. Magical girls and witches really are magical and not bound by the laws of physics, so the energy they produce can be used to fight entropy.
  • The Vision of Escaflowne has a girl from present day Earth being magically transported to Gaia, a sort of hidden moon from where she can see the Earth and the Moon. In this world, feudal states, Italian-like and Arabian-like cities, and a superior technological empire are at war, using Mechas that are powered by dragon hearts. Oh, and there are Fairies, but we won't call them that.
  • Hunter x Hunter is set in a world brimming with strange fantasy creatures and mythical locations juxtaposed with modern cities and cutting-edge technology, and characters can manipulate their auras to use Nen, which gives them access to fantastic abilities.

    Comic Books 
  • Comic books, especially those set within the mainstream superhero universes published by DC and Marvel, don't so much straddle the line as obliterate it, in that ray-guns and magical spells coexist quite comfortably. While there are too many examples to list here, here are a few notable ones:
    • The original Defenders featured both the Silver Surfer, an alien adventurer who had been empowered by the embodiment of universal entropy and whose own series was a classic space opera, and Doctor Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme, who fights demons.
    • Captain Atom also seemed to fall on both sides of sci-fi and fantasy, since his powers, which came from the alien tissue grafted to his skin by a nuclear explosion, also tied him to the life-energy of the universe, which allowed him to journey to the afterlife, fight death itself, and then return.
    • Swamp Thing, as Alan Moore re-envisioned him, was the latest in an ancient line of plant elementals with godlike powers, and was able to travel to the afterlife and other immaterial realms. At the same time, his origin received a pseudo-scientific explanation (transmission of memories from predator to prey), and he later discovered that his mind was an electromagnetic wave pattern capable of subtle manipulation that allowed him to travel to any planet with vegetation.
    • Superman is classically vulnerable to three things: the particular frequency of EM radiation emitted by the fragments of his homeworld, red sunlight, and magic. He's also vulnerable to psychic attack. Telepathy itself fits quite comfortably in either genre.
      • His alternate universe counterpart Superboy-Prime is invulnerable to magic though... for some reason.
      • And speaking of Superman, on Smallville, not only does magic exist alongside high technology, but it often seems, at least to some viewers, that Jor-El was more wizard than scientist, and that the voice which inhabits the Fortress of Solitude is more ghost than artificial intelligence. Certainly, his actions often seem to follow a more supernatural than scientific logic, as when he tells Clark that the price of his resurrection will be the death of one of his loved ones in exchange, or when he arms Clark with a dagger with glowing runes on the blade capable of killing a Kryptonian.
    • The New Gods, especially in the original stories. On the one hand, they exist on two planets that are in an Enforced Cold War, one side is doing a covert invasion of Earth, and they use what looks like highly advanced technology. On the other hand we have things like the biblically inspired Source, a personification of Death (connected to said Source), and the Big Bad is looking for something called the "Anti-Life Equation" which in the original stories existed in the minds of a couple of humans and gave them a Compelling Voice. Not to mention the New Gods were originally thought of as characters in The Mighty Thor (which also had some of this trope, at least early on).
    • Along with everything that has a comic book background: City of Heroes, Whateley Universe, ...
  • The Fables universe contains Anthropomorphic Personifications of various literary concepts. Amongst the genres, Science Fiction and Fantasy are twins (and have a little brother, Superhero); at one point Fantasy remarks to her brother "We're so sympatico that sometimes it's hard to tell where I leave off and you begin."
  • What's New? with Phil and Dixie on the differences between fantasy and science fiction: None.
  • Judge Dredd: The Dreddverse is mostly a sci-fi dystopian urban sprawl with robots, mutants, hoverships, and colonization of deep space, but there are quite a lot of supernatural elements, including psychics, undead enemies, demonic possession, and various types of magic.

  • Many fanfics will fall into this category, usually crossovers between works on opposite ends of the speculative fiction scale.
  • Undocumented Features, a Mega Crossover, fuses many Fantasy and Science Fiction sources into a single narrative. For example, a Norse God used dimension door to get his party onto the Klingon Space Pirates' ship, whereupon their sorceress summoned a protective wall of roses as they hacked the computer to gain control of the ship — all while a Space Battle was going between the two ships outside.
  • Child of the Storm features this, true to its comics roots, mixing up A.I. with Genius Loci, magic and technology - though there tends to be a little more emphasis on magic than technology.
  • The Conversion Bureau, is set Twenty Minutes In The Future with A.I. handling most menial tasks, holograms everywhere, cybernetic upgrades readily available, and the early phases of space colonization. With the emergence of Equestria there are also spell casting unicorns, weather controlling pegasi, monsters from across many mythologies, and two Physical Gods of the moon and sun.
  • Glorious Shotgun Princess is a crossover between the (comparatively) hard Sci-Fi of Mass Effect, and the clearly fantasy (and Kung-Fu) world of Exalted.
  • Always Having Juice is set on an alien planet in a fictional planetary system with at least two other life-sustaining planets in it, and Everyone Is a Super (and because of their Bizarre Alien Biology if one's not, it's curtains for them...) with Floating Continents kept afloat by magical (and occasionally evil) artifacts from the ancient past. That's just the tip of the iceberg.
  • With Strings Attached completely blurs the lines between fantasy and science fiction. The planet C'hou has the quasi-Victorian land of Ketafa, with its guns, factories, and occasional motorized vehicle, and the exceptionally nonstandard fantasy continent of Baravada; the Fans influence events via Magitek and watch things on their computer screen; and the four visit three wildly different worlds on their Vasyn quest, including a 1950s parallel New York-Xanth expy, a universe where science has overtaken magic (but it still has its adherents), and a more traditionally magical world of adventure that was partially put together with Magitek.
  • Mass Effect Human Revolution starts out as Space Film Noir, but fantasy elements start creeping in from the Caleston arc onwards due to the lingering effects of Sufficiently Advanced Aliens.
  • The universe of Sonic X: Dark Chaos, beings essentially a twisted mixture of Warhammer 40,000 and Shin Megami Tensei, runs entirely with this. It combines Space Opera science fiction mixed in with magical Chaos powers, Lovecraftian horrors, and Sufficiently Advanced Aliens.
  • Mass Effect fic Crucible started with the time travelled Ad Astra which continue the sci-fi theme from canon, then the existence of living stars was revealed which kinda ventured out of this, and then ghosts/souls started to popping here and there and finally Death himself appeared which firmly pushed the series into Fantasy theme. And don't even get into what Shepard actually is and was or whom she's connected to.

  • The genre of Star Wars was explicitly stated by Lucas to be space fantasy. It's the story of a farmboy who meets an old wizard, learns magic and swordfighting from him, and then fights an evil wizard and a dark knight. He travels throughout strange lands where he meets monsters, rescues princesses, and... flies a spaceship. Because all this takes place in another galaxy where space aliens fight with laser guns and manual labor is done by robots. The prequels participate in some Doing In the Wizard, but even they don't try to explain the ghosts and the prophecies. The massive Expanded Universe gives us dragons, magical artifacts... and also features mass dewizardification, depending on the writer.
  • Thor series:
    • Thor: Asgard seems to be half Crystal Spires and Togas utopia, half Middle Earth clone. On the one side, we've got the Bifrost, a wormhole opening device which seems to function as an Einstein-Rosen bridge. On the other, we've got Thor's hammer coming to his hand when he proves worthy in something that cannot possibly be explained by anything but magic. The film lampshades this by citing Clarke's Third Law: sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    • Thor: The Dark World takes this Up to Eleven by having having Elves with spaceships and lasers (not Space Elves mind you. Actual Elves), Asgardian AA guns, and a "soul forge" which Jane helpfully points out is in fact a quantum field generator. Once again, science IS magic.
  • The Transformers film series is, at its core, an epic fantasy story told in modern times with giant transforming robots. It has the usual elements such as a mythical origin story, ancient artifacts of great, ambiguous power, discussions of fate, destiny, and the call to adventure, themes of absolute good versus absolute evil, and messiah and anti-Christ figures.
  • TRON starts out with what looks like a fairly standard evil AI plot, but then the main character is shot by a laser and "digitized" into a computer. He finds himself in a magical world where computer programs are people that worship godlike "users," and takes part in an epic quest to defeat an Evil Overlord (the Master Control Program) using a powerful artifact (an identity disc containing data that can destroy the MCP). The movie would probably be best described as a pure fantasy story, were it not for the fact that it was set inside computers.
  • Sucker Punch: The third battle scene is this at level 11. When Goblins are perfectly capable of being catapulted onto your World-war 2 gunship, and your assault rifle's bullets are just bouncing off that big dragon's hide, you realize that yeah, I'm in a Science Fantasy scene.
  • The Matrix: Neo is "The Chosen One", prophecied by an oracle, and he has special powers that allow him to fly, bend spoons, and dodge bullets. Oh, but it's only cause he's in a computer simulation run by intelligent machines (until the sequels, where he has powers outside it as well, which Morpheus says come from "the Source").
  • The Godzilla and Gamera franchises have monsters of both magical and scientific origin fighting or teaming up with each other, sometimes within the same movie.
  • Immortal is set in the future and features things such as flying cars, human augmentation, and other sci-fi conventions, but there are also Egyptian gods running amok with supernatural powers.
  • The Chronicles of Riddick series shifted into this with The Chronicles of Riddick, the second film. Pitch Black was fairly hard sci-fi, but Riddick 2 introduces superhuman warriors on a holy crusade led by an Evil Overlord, elemental alien seers, and a prophecy saying that Riddick (now the last living member of an extinct Proud Warrior Race destroyed by the Overlord) will be the one to kill the Necromonger leader. It still comes off as a strange mix with Low Fantasy, as the harder elements are still present in every scene that doesn't involve the Necros.
  • Electric Dreams: A 1980s era home computer achieves sentience because it's owner accidentally spills sparkling wine on the keyboard. It also seizes control of all the household appliances, and starts writing love songs for it's owner's girlfriend (much like Cyrano de Bergerac). Naturally, a Love Triangle Ensues.

  • According to its author, the universe of Play Places is science fantasy and not scifi, although this has yet to be seen from the ending.
  • Almost Night has vampires, werewolves, a troll, an elf, the main character drinks a magic potion, and the plot is centered around the spell book of an evil wizard. However, there are flying cars, space travel, a space empire, aliens, and laser guns.
  • The Young Wizards series by Diane Duane, especially from the third book onwards. What do you do with your Magic A Is Magic A Functional Magic that looks suspiciously like programming? Go to Mars. And then explore the rest of the galaxy and meet up with aliens.
  • This is a major part of the premise of Artemis Fowl. It's squarely between the two as well. Book number five, one of the better examples, has Artemis calculating, mathematically, the exact time that demons would appear out of nowhere (It Makes Sense in Context) due to magic, and the use of a high-yield bomb to power a spell.
    • Not to mention the whole premise of the book is a boy trying to steal gold from a leprechaun- done up as a high-tech heist movie! The boy is an wealthy evil prodigy, the gold is a ransom, and the leprechaun is actually an agent of Lower Elements Police reconnaissance (LE Precon).
  • Heinlein's Glory Road is a reconstruction of pulp adventure novels with an ordinary modern day man swashbuckling his way across several savage planets inhabited by "dragons" and other such beasties in search of a device that recorded the memories of all the Empresses of the Fifty Universes.
  • Piers Anthony's Apprentice Adept series fits perfectly. The setting is one world split across two realities. One of them is called Proton, which is high tech, while the other is known as Phaze, where magic prevails.
  • "Sufficiently Advanced Technology" by Christopher Nuttall. The story is of a Post-Singularity, Spacefaring society with vast technology that discovers an anomalous planet where wizards rule over feudal cities.
  • The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, set in a post-apocalyptic world where oil refineries, nuclear-powered water pumps, and the music of ZZ Top co-exist with wizards, succubi, and gunslingers who fight for truth and justice in the Arthurian tradition.
  • David Weber's Hell's Gate series is about two human civilizations coming into contact with each other through inter-universal portals. One civilization, The Union of Aracana, is a very Magitek civilization with wizards, dragons (that are genetically engineered) and the the main fighting weapons are swords and crossbows. The other one, The Empire of Sharona, has Psychic Powers and other little things like rifles, machine guns, cannons, steam engines, armored personnel carriers, trains, battleships, etc... Neither side reacts well to the existence of the other.
  • Anne McCaffrey:
    • The Dragonriders of Pern books feature intelligent, telepathic, teleporting, and occasionally time-traveling dragons. These are just genetically engineered upgrades of preexisting diminutive "dragons", which have similar powers, though this Lost Technology aspect isn't explored until the prequels. Later books also feature a supercomputer.

      McCaffrey has always maintained that the books are Science Fiction rather than fantasy, as everything is based on hard science, and she has spoken to many authorities in various sciences to work out the specifics of the world and the things that happen on it.
    • In The Ship Who Won, a Role-Playing Game-obsessed space ship crew discovers a planet where magic actually works. (Until they discover the inhabitants are just abusing a Sufficiently Advanced weather-control system). Definitely sold as Sci-Fi.
    • Acorna and sequels are about a foundling creature who looks like a "unicorn girl," complete with a horn on her forehead, unearthly beauty, and the power to purify water and air. Except she's not exactly magical: she's an alien, and the setting is basic science fiction with spaceships and interplanetary travel. Double subverted when it is revealed that her species is genetically-engineered by aliens who combined their own DNA with that of unicorns they rescued from Earth.
  • Julian May's Pliocene Exile/Galactic Milieu books feature aliens and spaceships, but also planet-shaking psychic powers, elves and goblins. Generally sold as Sci-Fi.
    • In all fairness, the elves and goblins are clearly referred to as alien races throughout the series.
  • Terry Brooks's Shannara series takes place in our future, After the End, and includes robots and mad computers, but also elves and magic. Generally sold as fantasy.
  • The Dragaera books look at first to be typical Dungeon Punk, with magic, elves (OK, "Dragaerans"), swordfights, et cetera. However, careful inspection indicates science-fictional underpinnings: humans ("Easterners") are from "small invisible lights" (meaning the stars, invisible in the Empire because of the enclouding), genetics and gene manipulation are well-understood, and some characters view abstract concepts like "the soul" as matters of engineering, not religion. Let's not even get started on the gods and the nature of magic...
  • Randall Garrett's Lord Darcy stories are a Sherlock Holmes-style mystery series set in an alternate history with very rule-based magic. While technology (and politics) has barely equaled the gaslight-era by the 1970s, magic has effectively reached a bit higher than modern day technology. And magic isn't just useful, it's carefully codified, requiring as much study, repeatability and dedication (and certification, licensing and taxes) as modern engineering or medicine. Though now commonly billed as fantasy, most of the stories originally saw the light of day in either Analog Science Fiction or Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.
    • Randall Garrett once stated that Lord Darcy’s world and ours shared the same laws of physics. He defined the “magic” of Darcy’s world as a form of psionics, which he thought of as a real-world phenomenon.
  • Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun series is set After the End in a Schizo Tech world mixing feudalism (and a Low Fantasy style of narration) with space travel, androids, laser weapons, etc. However, there is a device the protagonist gets a hold of called the Claw of the Conciliator which appears to be magical with no scientific explanation. Generally sold as science fiction.
    • One reviewer comparing the tetralogy with the fifth book, The Urth of the New Sun described the first four books as "science fiction pretending to be fantasy", and the fifth as "fantasy pretending to be science fiction".
  • Terry Pratchett's Nomes Trilogy is a good example of genre blending. All three books are written as a Borrowers/Littles sort of "tiny people living undetectably amongst us" story, except that it is revealed that the Nomes are in fact aliens marooned on Earth who have devolved somewhat, who only realize what they are when "The Thing", a mysterious box that one of the characters carries, starts talking and turns out to be a sentient computer.
  • Neil Gaiman and Micheal Reaves' book Interworld features a multiverse organized as an arc, with the worlds on one side being ones where magic is in control, and worlds on the other where science is the dominant paradigm. Each end is ruled by a multiplanar empire, one representing Magic and one representing Science, which are both trying to take over the entire multiverse. There is a third organization, made up of different versions of the main character, who fight both sides and have the ability to travel freely between worlds, who move about the center of the arc.
  • Roger Zelazny liked to challenge the boundaries between Science Fiction and Fantasy, and was known for blending in elements from Mythology:
    • Lord of Light featured apparent Hindu Gods—actually humans with mutant powers—on a far-future colony world.
    • Creatures of Light and Darkness, often considered a companion novel to Lord of Light, featured actual Egyptian Gods in a Standard Sci Fi Setting.
    • Eye of Cat had Native American Gods in a far-future setting.
    • Jack of Shadows takes place on a planet which is half-magic (dark side), and half technological (sunlit side). The titular antihero moves effortlessly between both.
  • A lot of Jack Chalker's novels and series mixed up the two, often with Sufficiently Advanced Alien (or sometimes human) tech providing a backdrop in which magical-like effects (sometimes called magic by the user who didn't understand it) were possible. The Well World series is an example of the alien version, while the Flux and Anchor series had the Applied Phlebotinum created by humans.
    • His Four Lords of the Diamond series features four planets seeded with a sort of alien parasite that provides people with strange powers, each unique to one of the four planets. The third book in particular involves a planet where people can effectively perform magic, and it's even called magic in the book.
  • Mary Gentle's Grunts! starts out as a stereotypical fantasy world told from the point of view of a tribe of Orcs. There's a Last Battle, a Dark Lord, a Nameless Necromancer, halfling thieves, The Dark Lands, and all the things you'd normally expect to find in a High Fantasy world. Then the orcs get their hands on modern firearms (from our universe via a magic portal). Cue an elephant made to fly with anti-gravity and a cloaking stealth dragon. Then Aliens invade!
  • His Dark Materials should fit in this. There are plenty of things that should go well with science fiction (the fact that Dust is a particle, the numerous technologies that look as if they came from various degrees of civilization, from Steam Punk worlds to things akin to those you'd see on hard science fiction (especially in the last book), the alternate evolutionary paths of life on Earth seen in some worlds like that of the mulefa, etc.), but there are plenty of themes that should connect it to at least Low Fantasy (the witches, the fact that Dust is conscious, the armoured polar bears, etc.)
  • Animorphs: A blue centaur gives a bunch of kids the ability to transform into animals so they can fight monsters. Could have been a fantasy book, but it just so happens the "centaur" is an alien, and the morphing powers have perfectly scientific explanations (alters your DNA etc.)
  • Orson Scott Card, in the afterword to an audio recording of Ender's Game, talks about trying to sell a short story based in the world of The Worthing Saga. He mentions that one of his rejections said that it was a good story, but it wasn't right for the magazine, as it was Fantasy rather than Science Fiction. He said that the reason it was considered Fantasy was because none of the scientific backdrop was present in the story. In the end, he concluded that the only difference between Fantasy and Science Fiction is that "Fantasy has trees, Sci-Fi has rivets."
  • Belisarius Series has sword-bearing warriors, robots, scizo-tech, time-travel, visions of the future, and all, all mixed up.
  • The 1997 novel Tale Of The Comet by Roland Green has an alien ship crashland on a Standard Fantasy Setting. The survivors and the natives band together to fight a Borg Expy, and some of the aliens learn magic by watching a native Wizard.
  • Freakling by Lana Krumwiede is set in an after the end crapsaccharine world with some advanced technology and where people have psychic powers.
  • Keith Hartman's Drew Parke books are set Twenty Minutes into the Future and mix holography and cloning tech with elements of Magical Realism such as visions and Ritual Magic done by a Wiccan circle.
  • The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson takes elements such as evil spirits, haunted houses, and your classic Knight in Shining Armor and throws them in with things like air-ships, chainsaw-like weapons, and energy-based superweapons.
  • Much of Nnedi Okorafor's work falls into this category. The Shadow Speaker and Zahrah the Windseeker both are mixtures of sci-fi and fantasy, though Zahrah the Windseeker is more explicitly fantasy. Both take place in futuristic worlds that are very high tech (the former takes place in a future Earth and the latter takes place on another planet that is similar to Earth) that also have various people with magical powers.
  • Sergey Lukyanenko's A Lord from Planet Earth trilogy is, while set in a sci-fi universe, definitely quite a lot of fantasy elements. Similar to Star Wars, the author has create the setting in such a way as to force people to fight using swords instead of much more advanced weaponry using Applied Phlebotinum that he doesn't even bother trying to explain (a commonly-used field that prevents any destructive reaction in its radius, including nuclear and annihilation). The twist is, the protagonist is a former army sergeant from Earth whose experiences in 20th-century hot spots have resulted in a Combat Pragmatist, who immediately tries to come up with ways to get around the fact that he has never held a sword in his life prior to the events of the book. Most characters think that his methods are dishonorable and atrocious. Also, like any fantasy story, it has a princess that requires saving.
  • The Witches of Karres by James Schmidt is about a spaceship captain who rescues three little girls who turn out to be the titular witches. Yes, you could call it "psychic powers," but actually everyone in the book calls it "klatha magic."
  • Ecko Rising by Daanie Ware combines a high tech cyberpunk world with that of fantasy.
  • The Acts of Caine mixes a Cyberpunk future Dystopy with a High Fantasy world far Darker and Edgier and Bloodier and Gorier than your usual one.
  • Samantha Shannon's The Bone Season is set in an Alternate History Cyber Punk England and adds in people with Psychic Powers and Rephaim, a race that combines characteristics of The Fair Folk and vampires.
  • Simon R. Green's novels are set in a Verse that's about half supernatural horror/fantasy and half gonzo Mad Science.
  • Eoin Colfer's The Supernaturalist combines a Cyber Punk future with invisble (to all but a very few), soul eating (or so it appears) cryptozoological creatures called Parasites.
  • Christopher Stasheff's Warlock of Gramarye series dances mockingly on the edge of SF. Most of it takes place in a cod-Elizabethan land of swords and sorcery, knights and lords, witches and fairies, but all the magic is more or less explained away by a mixture of psi powers, alien life forms and Sufficiently Advanced Technology.
  • Aldrea Alien's The Rogue King series starts with spaceships crashing on an alien world, which is largely controlled by gods and the larger population have some form of magic.
  • Everything that happens in The Giver is mostly within the realm of reality, except for the psychic way memories are passed from The Giver to The Receiver. No science is involved, just physical contact and concentration, implying use of some form of magic or supernatural ability.
  • The First Dwarf King uses this beautifully. Much of the first act takes place in a world populated by humans, elves, dwarves, orcs, and demons. Sounds like a Standard Fantasy Setting, right? Well, the races have gotten to the point where they use guns in the place of bows and arrows, which they wield tandem with swords, axes, and warhammers. In addition, the second act reveals a race of aliens living on an island off the coast, whose society utilizes the equivalent of 21st century technology. Just to make things even more complicated, the aliens' closest allies are a race of Lizard Folk who live in Medieval Stasis by choice, yet have also developed a fleet of airships. The lizards also have a Church Militant whose members can call upon their god to summon katanas out of thin air. And that's just scratching the surface.
    • The story also uses this trope in its setting and backstory. The universe was created by an omnipotent entity who used evolution to set the races on their course to sentience. Humans, elves, dwarves, orcs, and Redariam evolved from apes, while the Tarsi evolved from ancient reptiles. You may wipe your brains off the monitor now.
  • The Dante Valentine series is set a few hundred years in the future on an Earth where demons, necromancy, golems, Healing Hands, and the Devil himself exist side-by-side with computers, firearms, Hover Boards, and Frickin' Laser Beams. The series uses elements of Sufficiently Analyzed Magic (e.g. the setting's version of vampires, the Nichtvren, reproduce partially through a retroviral infection), but not everything can apparently be analyzed (there's apparently an "etheric transfer" involved in Nichtvren as well).
  • David Weber's In Fury Born features a Space Marine protagonist who is possessed by a literal Greek goddess (one of the Furies, the goddesses of vengeance who torment evildoers). This makes for a somewhat jarring Genre Shift in the omnibus edition after Weber added two prequel novels of straight-up Military Science-Fiction.
  • A Symphony Of Eternity: Is a SpaceOpera set in a universe where magic is used instead of technology, the aliens are varried and diverse with no two characters alike and the story is set around the backdrop of an Epic Galactic War with roman legion like units and Greek Phalanxes fighting by the side of magically powered tanks and space fighters that share the sky and outer space with power armours and pegasus riders.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who: A very clear-cut television example of this. Oh, where to begin... The original series was supposed to be firmly grounded in observable reality — the Doctor himself identified as a scientist on a number of different occasions, because the series was originally intended to be an Edutainment Show — but then the more zany science fiction elements took over. By now, it uses elements from all over Speculative Fiction, from eldritch horrors to Venetian vampires to Cybermen. (Though this gets subverted, as many of the apparent monsters commonly turn out to be just unusual aliens instead.) And it's all brought together by a Time Traveling TARDIS which looks like an antique police box on the outside and apparently goes where and when it is needed. The Eleventh Doctor's era was even explicitly stylised as "a dark fairytale", mixing space opera worthy elements with a childhood-like imagination and fantasy ethos.
  • Lost has ghosts, immortal people, and sentient Islands that can move...and also well thought out time travel, exotic matter, and electromagnetism as a key plot elements. Though, really, no one knows what genre it is.
  • SirArthurConanDoylesTheLostWorld had the 1920s Challenger Expedition that were stranded on a Prehistoric Plateau not only dealing with Dinosaurs and Apemen but a huge assortment of other Fantasy/Scifi themes. Everything from witches and disembodied spirits to space aliens and time travel. The supernatural plots usually had Challenger scoffing at the idea of such rubbish and that everything they encountered had an answer based in science.
  • Power Rangers, Super Sentai, and Kamen Rider all have elements of this. Some lean more towards science or magic, others happily mix the two, but it's inevitable when you have superheroes and physics-defying giant robots fighting monsters.
  • The trope is one of the major themes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 4. The penultimate episode is an epic battle between the forces of science and the supernatural, orchestrated by a Big Bad who has a foot in both camps.
  • The second season of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century has a lot of fantasy involved. In "Journey to Oasis", it has orc-like monsters, a cave filled with deathtraps, and a living sword with an invisible wielder.
  • Both the original and reimagined Battlestar Galactica included a large amount of cosmology and theology. Much of it appeared to be in the form of Sufficiently Advanced Aliens, particularly in the form of the mythical Lords of Kobol and the angelic seraphs from War of the Gods. The original series had a liberal dose of thinly disguised references to the Book of Mormon, the Christian Bible, Judaism, and Islam. The reimagined series settled for Greco-Roman mythology.

  • The Vampire Fiction series Bloodline has this kind of setting. While Lilo and her allies stick with magic, the antagonistic Shengdi a variety of weapons. Examples: Flying mobile bases, modern day battle suits, scythes, tanks. And, of course, silver bullets and their own kind of magic.


    Tabletop Games 
  • Usually, Magic: The Gathering is average fantasy, but whenever Phyrexia is involved, it becomes this. Especially now that they have access to Blue mana.
    • Blue mana in general tends to lean in this direction, especially with the Frankenstein-esque Mad Scientists on Innistrad, and the Izzet League on Ravnica, who were practically built around this trope.
  • Duel Masters as a whole. Magic is pretty much an in-built feature, being what seperates the five civilisations, and thematically is does play up the fantasy angle. However, both the light and water civilisations have very advanced technology, to the point that the former are actually mostly living machines/cyborgs whose light manipulation can easily just be interpreted as standard sci-fi laser/optics use.
  • Shadowrun is the quintessential Cyber Punk Urban Fantasy. It's set in a world after The Magic Comes Back, with elves, dwarves, trolls, orcs, and dragons, but it's also set Twenty Minutes into the Future, so instead of forging axes underneath mountains, said dwarves are more likely to use cybernetic interfaces to pilot unmanned combat drones.
  • GURPS Technomancer. The first above-ground atomic explosion in the U.S. releases magic into the world. As a result, people can cast spells and weird hybrid creatures are born, but only in the area covered by magical fallout.
  • Dungeons & Dragons. Several supplements and campaign settings over the years have been based on this premise:
    • Module S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks, set in a spaceship that crashed in the Greyhawk setting.
    • The Odyssey - Tale of the Comet boxed set, which also involved a crashed spaceship.
    • Modules DA2 Temple of the Frog and DA3 City of the Gods, both of which occurred in the Blackmoor setting.
    • Spelljammer is essentially D&D as a Space Opera with magic-powered wooden ships sailing the phlogiston currents between stars.
    • Eberron is one of the codifiers of the Dungeon Punk sub-sub-genre. Elemental binding magic allows for airships, mag-lev trains, and sapient constructs, among other things.
  • Pathfinder looooves itself this trope. An entire book is devoted to the various planets in Golarion's solar system. There is also a nation in the setting called Numeria, where a spaceship crashed smack in the middle of a savage, barbaric land thousands of years ago. To top it all off, an entire Adventure Path, "Iron Gods", was based in that nation (further supplemented with both an ENTIRE book on sci-fi technology, and another book that details the various alien races you can play as, including androids!) which asks the question, "what happens when an artificial intelligence gains the ability to grant spells to its followers?".
  • d20 Modern. The standard setting is Urban Fantasy, but there's plenty of options for adding sf into the mix. The bodak, for example, is a zombie Grey.
    • Technically, the game is "whatever the GM wants". The only explicitly Science Fantasy campaign setting is From the Dark Heart Of Space from d20 Future. Though Dark Matter comes close.
    • The supplement d20 Cyberscape has a sample cyberpunk setting and devotes two paragraphs and an illustration to a variant with magic and fantasy races.
    • A relatively obscure, but critically well-regarded, third-party book called the Second World Sourcebook was explicitly written to enable the standard "d20 System" (i.e. 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons) and d20 Modern to be used together, mixing and matching characters created under both sets of rules. It posits, among other things, an extensive network of portals between a D&D style Standard Fantasy Setting and our own world. Though that probably sounds more like Urban Fantasy, the results would more closely resemble this trope in practise.
  • Dragonstar is a D20 Role-Playing Game that combines Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplay roles with a Science Fiction setting with interstellar travel, robots, and other features of futuristic technology. Thus you get wizards with laser pistols and an interstellar empire ruled by dragons.
  • Feng Shui takes place in a universe where robot monkeys coexist with sorcerers and demonic creatures.
  • The tabletop RPG Rifts is set a few centuries after the high tech world of tomorrow is utterly trashed by the return of magic. Human supremacist armies of cyborgs, chemically-enhanced supersoldiers and Humongous Mecha traipse across the landscape. Atlantis has risen. Sorcerers summon demons and raise the dead. Rifts in spacetime spew out critters from other dimensions more or less at random. Elves and dragons and goblins (oh my) roam the wilderness. Killer cyborgs from another dimension want to kill all humanoid life on Earth. Gods battle Alien invaders. Vampires openly run entire cities. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
    • No really. Think Warhammer plus Warhammer 40,000 condensed to a single planet. That's the level of over-the-top we're talking about, here.
    • The Phase World and the Three Galaxies sub-setting of the game takes this trope all the way. You have science-based interstellar civilizations (the Consortium of Civilized Worlds) alongside magic-based ones (the United Worlds of Warlock). The local Evil Empires (The Transgalactic Empire and the Splugorth Dominions) are ruled secretly or openly by Eldritch Abominations. Technology, magic, psionics and super powers all co-exist in a Standard Sci Fi Setting.... which is currently undergoing a Demonic Invasion.
  • Mage: The Ascension features groups that use science and groups that use magic. They
  • Warhammer 40,000. It takes place in a (far) future Space Opera setting, has spaceships, lasers, extraterrestrials, Psychic Powers, Humongous Mecha and an army of genetically-engineered Super Soldier Space Marines. Did we mention that the said spaceships travel through hell, said lasers are blessed by the Emperor, the extraterrestrials are basically your standard fantasy races IN SPACE, the individuals who use Psychic Powers are referred to as witches and sorcerers, the Humongous Mecha are Lost Technology worshiped by the resident Cargo Cult and the Space Marines are fanatical knights? Add to that the fact that a huge chunk of technology in the setting has a medieval Gothic aesthetic to it.
  • Monte Cook's Numenera is inspired by works like Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun, and is set a billion years into our future. The setting, called by its inhabitants the Ninth World, mixes a society with medieval technology with technological artifacts left behind by the previous civilizations that have risen and fallen over the previous billion years. Monte has cited Clarke's Third Law to explain the presence of things that would otherwise be at home in a fantasy setting such as "wizards" (Nanos, whose powers are derived from cybernetic implants, extradimensional aliens, or other non-supernatural sources), "gods" (alien entities or ancient AIs), and floating cities (kept aloft by some sort of anti-gravity or repulsor tech).
  • DragonMech. The setting was simple Standard Fantasy Setting. Now, there are also alien invaders from the moon and Steam Punk Humongous Mecha that developed to fight them.
  • Fading Suns throws out any distinction between science fiction and fantasy, though the closer the narration veers toward omniscient, the more likely something is to sound like sci-fi. In general, it's a Feudal Future where sci-fi stuff has taken on mystical and fantasy elements. Psis aren't just trained minds, they're sorcerers (and bear occult markings...which may just be genetic mutation); the family's ancestral sword is a wireblade; cyborgs have replaced part of their body with occult magic, and the sacred jumpgates represent the light of the Pancreator. And then you get into stuff such as theurgy and Antinomy, which calls upon what appears to be the divine or demonic forces respectively...but it might also be Sufficiently Advanced Aliens, or just another expression of humanity's potential.

    Video Games 
  • Nearly every Final Fantasy has had this. Besides the series standard magic and Summon Magic:
    • Going all the way back to the beginning, Final Fantasy I was mostly fantasy, with added bits of Lost Technology showing up later in the game, largely thanks to the Lufenians.
    • Final Fantasy III featured post-apocalyptic Ancient technology.
    • Final Fantasy IV had a spacecraft capable of going to the moon and a Humongous Mecha, although it's otherwise fantasy in all respects.
    • Final Fantasy V has people from other worlds landing on the planet via a meteorite, dimension travel and lost high technology, as well as castles, kings, pirates and dragons.
    • Final Fantasy VI had steampunk-esque technology and Edgar's tools, which included a chainsaw and drill. The sand-diving Castle Figaro was treated as using science rather than magic, although it's really not physically possible.
    • Final Fantasy VII had near-modern cities complete with television, guns, genetic engineering (sort of), electricity, and power plants. However, those power plants ran on the literal lifeblood of the planet, which also produced magic crystals that could teach you magic.
      • The spinoff game Dirge of Cerberus and the Advent Children film feature cell phones more prominently, though they do exist in the game, referred to as a "PHS."
    • Final Fantasy VIII has Summon Magic, magical Time Travel, schools that convert into ancient moving fortresses, and a ship that got lost in space while launching an evil sorceress into a space prison. It also has Esthar, a Crystal Spires and Togas-like futuristic country.
    • Final Fantasy IX is mostly fantasy, but includes quite a lot of Steampunk technology and a Sufficiently Advanced Magitek alien race to which both the protagonist and the Big Bad belong.
    • Final Fantasy X has machina, a slightly steampunk-esque technology that can make guns, grenades, mecha, and blitzball stadiums. On the other hand, there's an Eldritch Abomination running around killing everyone and the pyreflies that make up a person can reform into monsters after their death.
    • Final Fantasy XII has guns and more science fiction like airships than previous titles, but the airships are powered by magical phlebotinum. And all the other magical elements.
    • Final Fantasy XIII appears to be Science Fiction at first, with guns, more "realistic" airships, mecha, and genetic engineering. But most, if not all, of the tech is powered by fal'cie, magical beings. Who can also grant magical powers to chosen humans, although it sucks to be chosen this way for the human.
    • Final Fantasy XIV has the science fiction aspect mainly as the trait of the antagonistic Garlean Empire, who are incapable of using magic, but Cid Garlond has been making use of both since he defected from said empire. Other science-fantasy concepts induce a fallen Crystal Spires and Togas empire (Allag, with some emphasis on crystal spires) and aliens (specifically, the dragons or at least Midgarsomnr and his brood).
  • Averted with the first two Fable games which were were straight fantasy. Fable III however was in the industrial revolution, while the magic and swords were kept, the two DLCs Understone and Traitor's Keep featured steampunk robots with latter even including a potion to turn your dog into a robot.
  • Journey. Besides the beautiful sand that submerged the world, glyphs, magical cloth, and the impaired buildings, technology is uncommon at most. You fly using the energy bundled in your scarf, and although there exists an ancient language you can't seem to talk at all, even the game hardly shows any text beside from the logo and closing credits. Singing near large pieces of cloth can release "cloth creatures" from the machines' remnants. Glyphs and confluences teach you the history of a civilization started by your ancestors. The reason why the game takes place After the End is the machines powered by energy from red banners destroyed the world in a war against the White Robes.
  • Gradius routinely weaves in and out of this, especially in terms of some of the game's bosses, as some are prophecized ancient terrors, while others are elemental beings, like dragons made of fire, or lions made of sand. Supernatural elements routinely come into play as well, especially in the MSX games.
  • Xenoblade tends to mix the two so thoroughly that it can make one dizzy. The prologue starts with two warring titans whose dead bodies make up the entire world, and then it transitions to advanced Human Aliens (Homs) fighting a war against relentless killer robots. The robots can only be stopped by a legendary ancient sword called the Monado, which turns out to be equipped with a Laser Blade. Then the Monado starts granting the protagonist visions of the future, but that turns out to have a reasonable scientific explanation. Later on the team finds the High Entia, who are a race capable of manipulating ether, yet that didn't stop them from advancing their technology to great levels. It all continues to scalate from there.
  • Albion, a game where a spaceship in the future lands on a world with magic instead of technology. A lot of the time is spent in primarily fantastic or scifistic settings, but they eventually mix, and both elements are present at least a little most of the time.
  • Crystalis, a Zelda-esque top-down action-adventure game for the NES, takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where human civilization has regressed to medieval times and embraced magic over technology. The game's Big Bad has taken control of a floating tower and is threatening the world with powerful magic and Lost Technology.
  • Sacred 2 is a good example, although the barrier between Magitek and actual technology is difficult to define. You have artificial beings (both cibernetic and organic), lasers, lightsabers, force fields, strange energies and Resident Evil-esque mutant zombies in a High Fantasy premise.
  • The Super Mario games are set in a magical land where funny animals, castles, a monarchy, and cute monsters collide with modern technology, aliens, robots, time machines, and space travel.
  • Chrono Trigger: An apocalyptic future with destroyed domed cities caused by a Cosmic Horror, combined with a medieval Sword & Sorcery setting in the past. And it's all connected by Time Travel.
  • Touhou: While the series is fundamentally fantastic, there's still a fair bit of science going on in the sidelines. Most of it caused by the kappa, who are an entire race of mad scientists, but neither of the attempts at nuclear fusion involved them at all.
  • The Kingdom Hearts series has magic, souls ("hearts"), fantastic creatures, and a prophecy involving a hero of destiny... alongside spaceships armed with lasers, Mad Scientists, advanced robots, and Magical Computers including an Inside a Computer System level. The spaceships with lasers are firmly on the magic side of it. They are made from size-changing gummi blocks that broke off of the sky. On your second visit to the Inside a Computer System world you have to bring a computer program modified by Merlin's magic to TRON so that he can do battle with the MCP.
  • The Might and Magic series (which includes the first four Heroes of Might and Magic games) takes place in fantasy worlds but with SF-elements (mostly involving Lost Technology.) Not many people who haven't played M&M6 knows that the Kreegan/Inferno town of Heroes 3 is in fact populated not by demons but by hive-minded aliens (except for when the Inferno town is used to represent the non-Kreegan demons that are also around in the setting). For those that only know the HoM&M series: one of the third game's expansion packs was supposed to add a cybernetic army but they changed their mind after receiving threats of boycotting the series and death threats from 'fans' angry at the intrusion of science fiction into their fantasy setting.
    • The greatest example of just how science fantasy the series was may be that for the first five games, the Big Bad and the Big Good were magic-using robots travelling around in spaceships and infiltrating societies with castles, wizards and elves living on worlds created by really advanced Magitek.
  • Similarly, the primarily high fantasy Ultima and Heretic/Hexen series briefly skirted with SF on a number of occasions, resulting in the occasional raygun, spaceship, time machine, or demonic supercomputer.
  • The Guilty Gear series of games, set in a future where a new, unlimited source of power has been discovered... called "Magic." Humanoid robots and artificially created killing machines coexist with people who can summon the power of the elements and fight with melee weapons (admittedly, melee weapons which can spit fire and lightning).
  • The Amiga classic Shadow Of The Beast is set in a Roger Dean-inspired fantasy world called Karamoon, which features sword-wielding orcs, medieval architecture, goblins, morningstars, mechanical claws, jetpacks, and (in the third game) robots.
  • For a game-series with a fundamentally magic premise (books that act as portals, scribed in an ancient arcane language), the Myst games incorporate an awful lot of sci-fi trappings: transport pods, electronic viewers, spaceships, submarines, giant mechanical engines, alien ecologies, orbital observatories, etc.
  • Alongside it's many standard fantasy elements The Elder Scrolls also feature spaceships used by gods; time traveling, terminatorish robots with laser weapons; and astronauts (the mananauts and Sunbirds of Alinor), and in extension: more spaceships. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
    • Also, the realms of Aeterius and Oblivion were originally presented as simply this world's equivalent of Heaven and Hell. Then The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard featured an observatory where the realms of Oblivion appeared as planets orbiting Nirn (the mortal world) and the gods as even more distant planets at the edge of a solar system. So, the Oblivion Gates? Those may or may not be stargates in disguise.
    • Becomes a bit more complicated when you learn that the planets (and moons) are actually the bodies of dead gods, the sun and probably stars are holes in reality caused by fleeing gods, and that the Dwemer/dwarves were a race of militant atheists who accidentally unexisted themselves trying to gain godhood. Science is literally magic.
      • Or not. The one factor that really distinguishes TES lore from in-universe texts in other RPG settings is that it is specifically stated (and shown a few times) to be unreliable - things can be either misinterpreted, exaggerated or just plain wrong, and racial/social biases are also part of the lore design (e.g. a Khajit creation myth might be true or just a myth in itself, but when it's retold in a book by an Imperial historian, it's a given that there's misrepresentation/wrong translation and so on present). This basically reflects our real world's inherent uncertainty mythologies and religious beliefs. Hence, planets in TES might really be the bodies of dead gods, but they might also be just that - planets. Same with everything else.
  • The Unholy War was a strategy game that took this to an extreme, with an army of fantasy creatures fighting an army of science fiction characters.
  • In the The Longest Journey series, magic and technology once coexisted. Past misues of the two brought the Powers That Be to separate the two into Stark (technology, "our" world) and Arcadia (magic/medieval world). Attempts to alter this balance are what drives the plot.
  • The Star Ocean series typically takes characters from a science fiction setting, and then plunges them deep into fantasy, while ever hinting at science fiction overtones throughout the stories.
    • Special mention goes to Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, by having Fayt and Cliff, who're members of the Pangalactic Federation, crash land on Elicoor II, a planet who's inhabitants are a type-3 civilization. Fayt and Cliff go to great lengths to conceal the true nature of their identities to avoid unnecessary trouble, leading to predictable results. Except for the part where they learn that their universe, and everything in it, is one big virtual game!
  • Starting around the sixth game in the series, the Wizardry games dove head-first into combining fantasy and sci-fi, where spells, magical creatures, and arcane artifacts are found hand-in-hand with spacefaring aliens, starships, and advanced energy weapons.
    • Wizardry VII was the first of the series to embrace this trope-while the party is firmly grounded in fantasy, and the world seems to be with the full range of usual fantasy creatures and items, there's also the fact that the party arrived on the world by a starship, the Big Bad has a robotic army, two more alien races are engaged in a power struggle over the planet from their landing zones, and one of the native races travels around in rocket-powered aircraft.
    • Wizardry 8 takes this to an even more extreme bent, where powerful magic and advanced technology happily coexist-you'll see sophisticated artificial intelligences talking happily with wizards, flamethrowers and rocket launchers wielded by elves, and an alien airbase guarded by potent technological and magical defenses.
  • Pokémon takes place in a Constructed World full of magical creatures, impossible geography, and polytheistic gods… and aliens and computers and robots and electric power plants and psychic powers and spaceships.
  • Warcraft 'verse's technology is roughly at pre-industrial level, where guns are getting common, but swords and bows are still viable. However, the range of technology available is quite large. Rock axes can down demonic Humongous Mecha, and Death Rays can be used against ancient evil gods. And the dimension-hopping giants that ride around in spaceships.
    • In World of Warcraft you can have a mage that can teleport, cast spells, ride a variety of mounts on the ground, from a normal horse, to a demonic unicorn, to a motorcycle on the ground and anything from dragons, to flying carpets, to a rocket in the air. Druids can turn themselves into a bird. Heck, engineering is a profession, where you can make your clothing produce rockets and bombs if you want to.
  • Septerra Core wandered back and forth between the two, blending such elements as Steam Punk technology, magic fueled by the planet itself, genetic engineering and a pantheon of gods.
  • The Ar tonelico series features girls who control magical powers with their songs and goddesses who control the giant towers that humanity has been forced to live in after a disaster destroyed the world's land. The backstory of the series reveals that this disaster was caused by the technology of a highly advanced civilization. The towers themselves were built by these civilizations. The villain in the first game invades the tower's systems with viruses that can take physical form and possess many of the tower's robot guardians. The magic wielding girls themselves are actually an artificial race designed to use magical powers based on the intricate principles of "wave science."
    • The prequel series, Surge Concerto takes this even further, as Ra Ciela's civilization is even more advanced than Ar Ciel's, and one of the series' games even takes place almost entirely on a spaceship. However, there's still the same magic music and gods as is usual for this universe.
  • Doom features an invasion by demons from hell ... thwarted by a space marine on Mars with a plasma rifle.
    • Demons with cybernetic implants. One of them is called Cyberdemon.
  • The Mortal Kombat universe also combines elements of both science-fiction (cyborgs, advanced weaponry, parallel dimensions, spaceships) and fantasy (magic, dragons, gods, demons).
  • Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura is a mixture of more specific genres: High Fantasy and Steam Punk. The overarching story is fantasy epic, set in a more dystopian land that includes race and class conflict and the growing pains of an industrializing society as themes. Magic vs. technology is less a war than an ideological clash that can at least find common ground in its goals if not its practical methods.
  • Metro 2033 takes place in a fairly standard Grim Dark version of After the End, with hostile mutants, scattered human survivors, and a climax that involves using pre-cataclysmic weapons. There are also enough murderous ghosts for one of the characters to have a theory on them (Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory were also atomized), including a bona fide Afterlife Express.
    • The sequel takes this even further at one point, actually throwing a player into a hellish supernatural dimension where one of the game's big moral choices takes place. Also features a legitimately haunted airplane wreck.
  • Cave Story takes place on a Floating Continent, which is inhabited by fantastic creatures such as bunny-shaped Mimigas, (undead) sand-dwelling crocodiles or humanoid cockroaches, ruled over by an old witch who's responsible for an abomination that keeps the island afloat from inside a chamber protected with terminals and water control. There's also an incubator corridor that keeps dragon eggs and Ridiculously Human Robots.
  • The Shin Megami Tensei meta-series is made of Science Fantasy. The original novels that started it all presented summoning spells written in computer code so that computers could conjure demons - and those demons able to inhabit the computers into which they were summoned. Some games are more or less so than others - Shin Megami Tensei I, II, and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey are steeped in this genre, as are the Devil Survivor games and the first two Devil Summoner games (and parts of the Raidou Kuzunoha ones flirt with it). Persona and Persona 3 are much more so than 2 or 4. Meanwhile, Digital Devil Saga is, well... just look at the name.
  • Asura's Wrath IS this trope with a Hindu and Buddhist twist.
  • Phantasy Star, though as the series progressed, it more thoroughly embraced the sci-fi side of things.
  • Cosmic Fantasy.
  • The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise in general. The series has always been a big fan of robots, and machinery and has also dabbled in artificial life-form creation, aliens, time travel, and alternate dimensions but it also contains many supernatural elements like the Chaos Emeralds and gods.
  • The Kirby series takes place on an alien planet and features Eldritch Abominations, spaceships, and interplanetary travel alongside fantasy tropes such as castles, knights, dragons, and magical artifacts.
  • Geneforge is another examples of this. The Shapers are a sect of wizards who can literally create life, but the methodology is strongly implied to be at its heart pure sci-fi. Most of its machinery is explained as being carefully designed semi-living creatures that, for example, shift to open a door when someone approaches, or release a cloud of spores that signals other creations to, say, not explode. You've even got General Alwan, who's kept alive by what is basically intravenous magic.
  • SaGa 2 is a fantasy game with sci-fi elements. It's centered around gods and the ancient stones called MAGI that give them power, but heroes and enemies include robots as well as magical creatures and humans. Weapon stores sell heavy assault guns alongside swords and spellbooks.
    • In SaGa 3, the heroes fight against evil gods to recover the missing parts of their time machine.
  • The Guild Wars series flirts with this. It's hinted that the Mists are actually something akin to Hyperspace and the humans and Forgotten are confirmed to have been brought to Tyria from another planet by the gods (who may or may not be Sufficiently Advanced Aliens). The charr and asura races, on the other hand, are racing headlong into this trope from the other direction - the asura have magitek with a definite sci-fi feel, while the charr are in the midst of an industrial revolution and continuing to advance at a breakneck pace.
  • inXile's upcoming Torment: Tides of Numenera is a spiritual sequal to Planescape: Torment, and is based on Monte Cook's Numenera tabletop game (mentioned above). The far-future post-apocalyptic setting uses sufficiently advanced science and technological artifacts left by the previous civilizations that have risen and fallen on the Earth over a billion years to explain traditional fantasy tropes.
  • Perimeter has Physical Gods with Sufficiently Advanced Technology that reside in floating cities. You lead super-advanced, Shapeshifting robotic soldiers fighting demons on alien worlds. Faster-Than-Light Travel is achieved by sending things through the noosphere.
  • Destiny definitely belongs in this genre, with wizards, magic, souls ripping from the bodies of deceased enemies, and necromancers existing in a universe teeming with time-travelling robots, aliens, and spaceships. Bungie has even described the game as being "mythic science fiction".
  • WildStar is this and a Space Western. Instead of wands, the wizards use dual mag pistols and are called Spellslingers. They also have nuclear-powered greatswords, among other things.
  • Lost Odyssey is set during an era called the "Magic-Industrial Revolution". It has swords and sorcery alongside muskets and tanks, idyllic villages with haunted houses near dirty steel and concrete cities and mortals and immortals the latter from another world fighting alongside, and against one another. The opening sequence alone features a battle between armored knights and barbarian warriors utilizing very steam-punkish weapons (one of the most interesting being a machine that resurrects dead soldiers, powered by magical chanting). Then there's Grandstaff, which is described as a "Magic Staff". It's actually an enormous mechanical TOWER that channels magic. The entire game is one massive kitchen sink.
  • Endless Legend mixes the sciencey bits of its predecessor with fantasy, as the game takes place on a former Concrete Endless world which has been populated by the survivors a wrecked spaceship. Suits of Animated Armor powered by money argue with sentient dragons in the courts, on the battlefield Power Armor-wearing hatchetmen follow their Humongous Mecha into battle against witches and wizards who get their power from pain, while an empire of malfunctioning robots converts bands of orcs and trolls to join their cause in destroying the ruins of the Endless.
  • Space Station 13 fits into this category pretty squarely. On one hand, it takes place upon a highly technologically advanced space station some 500 years into the future, with spaceships, lasers, cyborgs, aliens and generally the standard run-of-the-mill science fiction elements common to most space settings. On the other hand, some of the factions out to destroy the station or otherwise cause general mayhem to its crew members include murderous demon cults and the Space Wizard Federation, who both employ different kinds of magic to achieve their goals. While not all rounds feature said roles, the ones that do tend to become very weird indeed.
  • The Legend of Zelda has shades of this in that a few games use technology beyond what one could expect from a fantasy setting, from the trains of Spirit Tracks to the Ancient Robots of Skyward Sword. In addition, Time Travel and related tropes are a recurring element within the franchise.
  • Castle Crashers starts out in what is, ostensibly, a quirky Low Fantasy setting, with a war against a barbarian tribe, evil wizards, and the classic chestnut of the princesses getting kidnapped. Upon crossing the ocean, you immediately thwart an Alien Invasion by the Alien Hominids.
  • Although Battleborn is a deeply sci-fi based game in the vein of Borderlands, it has a number of things that are more fantasy in basis. These include among things, magical abilities derived from science grounded concepts and Magitek-like technology. The most notable of all of these however are the Eldrid, an entire faction consisting of fantasy inspired individuals whose number includes a sentient Fungus, a Space Elf, a space dwarf, and a skeletal ice golem.

  • In BIONICLE, the setting is vaguely Polynesian at face value, everyone is a mostly machine cyborg, they all live inside a giant robot made of Applied Phlebotinum. They sport some pretty sweet tech, but the most common way for the powerless Matoran to defend themselves are with frisbees that can freeze, shrink, or teleport whatever they touch, and the main heroes, Toa, control the elements with no explanation other than "elemental energy"note  and wear magic masks that have an ever growing list of options.
    • Energized Protodermis, the universe's most powerful substance that can either transform or destroy whatever it touches. What you get is based on destiny. Oh, and it's sentient.
    • The Makuta, a race designed to be genetic engineers, do so by mixing potions in a cauldron. They come from a pool of slime containing their unborn, bodiless spirits — sounds fantasy enough, right? But those "spirits" are really preprogrammed artificial intelligence, and the liquid is just a strange data storage device.
  • LEGO's Nexo Knights line is set in a medieval kingdom where magic meets space-age technology.

  • Girl Genius is steampunk combined with fantasy. Most of the weird stuff can be explained by technology, but not everything. The magic includes stuff like the river Dyne (which is an apparently natural spring the waters of which make the drinker a mad genius, though in most cases it's instantly lethal. It also mutates creatures into monsters and can be used as a power source), Geisterdamen (ghost-like beings), Frankenstein-esque reanimated corpses, Jaegermonsters (non-human beings with superhuman strength and lifespans who are former humans who drank the "Jaegerdraught"), multiple cases of Brain Uploading, the castle Heterodyne's seemingly telekinetic ability to move chunks of itself...
  • Gunnerkrigg Court: There are robots and other advanced tech in the Court, while the Gillitie Wood is full of magic-users (including Physical God Coyote). Transformation to/from forest creatures is an accepted part of the universe, and the Court has students and teachers skilled in "etheric sciences".
  • Quentyn Quinn, Space Ranger is a sequel to Tales of the Questor that takes place 700 years later in the interstellar age. At that point most Racconnans rely on technology for most of their Lux use.
  • The Dragon Doctors make heavy use of magic, but always use it rationally and scientifically (their leader even calls herself a "Magical Scientist"). LEGO Genetics are referenced at one point as being only possible with the use of magic to treat traits as conceptual objects.
  • MegaTokyo has both light fantasy elements (mostly Magical Girls) and soft sci-fi (stuff related to the TPCD mostly). A Dark Magical Girl is best friends with a Robot Girl and said DMG used to control people's emotions through an MMORPG.
  • Thanks to its World of Weirdness and Fantasy Kitchen Sink setting, Sluggy Freelance is filled with this trope. Santa Claus is infected with alien DNA. Witches and Talking Animals lead teams of Space Pirates. A ray gun is used to blast a demon back in time. A centuries old sorcerer is President of the United States IN SPACE!!!
  • Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures has both magic and futuristic technology, and combinations of the two.
  • The Crushed subseries of Supermegatopia is technically the result of a space explorer using Sufficiently Advanced Technology to make a medieval fantasy world. This later gets ruined by the Ragnaracoon, and mixed into an unapologetic mishmash of high technology and high fantasy called Meshworld.
  • Broken Space (site) features aliens, demons, clockwork, steam-power, magicians, guns, swords, strange Magitek weapons, and divinely powered starships.
  • El Goonish Shive has genetically altered super-mutant assassins, aliens, mad scientists and many magic users, several of whom are main characters. Oh yeah, and one of the magic users can create a fairy version of herself, and Tedd's been hacking a Magitek transformation ray gun since 2002.
  • Last Res0rt is set several thousand years into the future, contains nanotechnology, flying robots, and a galactic society... and also contains lots of creatures that run off of soul-based magic, including vampires, djinn, and zombies. Also, furries. It's labeled Cyberpunk — but it's about as Cyberpunk as, say, Shadowrun.
  • Homestuck revolves around a very advanced game that Plays You, is set in a world in which everyone has their own videogame-esque abstract inventory systems, and features a lot of robots and cyborgs, but it also plays around heavily with fantasy tropes and themes such as princes and princesses, knights, dragons, quests, and magic.
  • The Mansion of E features robots along with magic.
  • Zap! is mostly soft science fiction, with psychics, robots, cat girls, FTL, and other scifi sundries. However, the aliens with Elemental Powers cement it in this category.
  • Iothera is a science fantasy with a lot of Magitek.
  • Archipelago contains a society with witch doctors, bird spirits, undead pirates, sharkmen, living books, ancient demigods, dragons, and ancient magical legacies, all built on the back of a fallen dragon ... by which they mean an ancient spaceship. The bird spirits are corrupted AIs; the undead pirate is kept alive through the use of cybernetics; the sharkmen are genetically-engineered super soldiers; and the magic is implied to be all-pervading nanotechnology.

    Web Animation 
  • Matt N Dusty is this mixed with World of Weirdness and Law of Conservation of Normality, and is a complete straight-up comedy. Robots are voiced by the text-to-speech function in Moonbase Alpha, there's a giant pink dragon that bakes cookies, the two titular characters survive the apocalypse and prevent it with a Stargate, PlayStations and Xboxes have apparantly been in a Robot War for centuries, and to top everything else off, Interdimensional Jack Benny as Father Time.

    Web Original 
  • Limyaael's Fantasy Rants has tips for writing science fiction/fantasy hybrids.
  • Animated Urban Fantasy web series Broken Saints uses a lot of the technology from (probably) Twenty Minutes In The Future, and just labeled "state-of-the-art" in-story. However, it also includes Shandala's powers of healing and... not-so-healing..., and Kamimura's ability to Soul Jar his pupil, holding a fragment of said pupil's consciousness within his own mind. While the first ability is revealed to be part of her genetic design (very sci-fi), they are both firmly in the fantasy realm.
  • While most of Chaos Fighters novels are fantasy with minor science fiction elements inserted in the fighting scenes, Chaos Fighters II and Chaos Fighters: Chemical Warriors are science fiction with significant fantasy style battles.
  • Tech Infantry is like a mish-mash between the Old World of Darkness and Starship Troopers. The titular "Tech Infantry" are an army of Mages and Werewolves in Powered Armor.
  • Metamor City is a Layered Metropolis inhabited by humans transformed by a regional curse, elves, lutins, demons, celestials, vampires, mages both licensed and unlicensed, and psionics. They've also got Flying Cars and several varieties of Cyberpunk technology.
  • The Minister Of Chance is a borderline Doctor Who spinoff but with more of a fantasy slant.
  • The best explanation for the genre of Prolecto. It has angels and demons who make Chain Katars, versus guys in powered armor, and the main enemy is a demonic nanomachine entity.
  • While Chrono Hustle starts out as a sci-fi series, it starts including fantasy elements as early as the 4th story, in which a powerful magic user is introduced, although it is mentioned by some characters that she is just a powerful psychic. In the following story though, it is confirmed by characters with more information that she is an actual magic user. And then the 7th story introduces Greek Gods.
  • The fictonal MMORPG in which Noob happens has The Magic Versus Technology War as a setting. The magic side is your classic Medieval European Fantasy setting with some informed Steam Punk elements while the technology side's strongholds could get the setting mistaken for Science Fiction. The fact is best shown in the novels and the Neogicia Spin-Off, while the technology elements are somewhat Demoted to Extra in the webseries and almost absent in the comic.
  • Titansgrave Ashes Of Valkana takes place in a world where science and magic explicitly intermingle. There was even a holy war fought over the issue. The characters include a street performer with a robot companion, a wizard/priest and a cyborg warrior

    Western Animation 
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog is a surreal comedy-horror cartoon about a talking dog who regularly encounters all kinds of weird sci-fi/fantasy villains, monsters, and other weird characters; including other talking animals, aliens, demons, robots, ghosts, zombies, wizards, mad scientists, etc.
  • Samurai Jack involves a titular samurai warrior wielding a magic sword, who gets thrown through a time portal into the far future. During his ongoing quest to destroy a powerful shapeshifting demon who rules this world with an iron fist, he repeatedly encounters other warriors, sorcerers, demons, monsters, aliens, robots, etc. in an anachronistic world where the past meets the future.
  • Similar to it's Duel Masters inspiration, Kaijudo is pretty much a mix of sci-fi and fantasy aesthetics and tropes. It is overall a Urban Fantasy tale, involving a mystical parallel universe, spells and fantastical creatures... that can be manipulated through power gloves, are strongly technologically advanced, with the light ones being living, sapient robots, and the villain is pretty much a Mad Scientist.
  • The Fairly OddParents takes place in a modern setting and features fairies, genies, Greek gods, elves, monsters, and leprechauns as well as aliens, a kid genius, robots, and time travel.
  • Masters of the Universe in its various incarnations always includes high technology and powerful magic.
  • Thunder Cats has space travel, futuristic vehicles and the like, but also features a magic sword used by the hero and an undead Sorcerous Overlord as the main villain.
  • Gargoyles has laser weapons, robots, biotechnology along with pseudo-gods, fairies and ghosts (Oberon's children) as well as various other mythological creatures.
  • The Venture Bros. had a Magic Versus Science contest between Dr. Venture and Dr. Orpheus (a parody of Dr. Strange), reaching its climax as Orpheus produces fire from his hands. Dr. Venture's scientific one-up? A match.
  • Adventure Time has goblins, futuristic robots, princesses, wizards, hologram projectors, magic, and mini-anti-gravity chambers. All in a post-apocalyptic Earth.
  • Winx Club focuses mostly on magic since the main characters are fairies with all sorts of magic powers such as fire, natue, or light. Fairies, witches, and wizards dominate the series. The Magic Dimension is also shown to have advanced technology such as laser guns, inter-planetary spaceships, advanced holograms, inter-dimensional phones, and the like that don't seem to rely on magic at all. Tecna is the fairy of technology, showing that magic and technology can be used together.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) you got 4 mutant humanoid turtles who do ninjitsu, and battle ninjas, robots, aliens, and inter-dimensional creatures to boot.
  • The Ben 10 franchise has aliens, advanced tech, lovecraftesque Eldritch Abominations and magicians from an alternate dimension, as well as a species of aliens made of magical energy.
  • Wizards features a Schizo Tech Post-Apocalyptic world that resembles a Standard Fantasy Setting, in which magic-using elves and fairies wage a war against gun wielding robots, mutants, and Nazis.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender uses an interesting take on this trope. The first series was very much set in a Fantasy world, with only a few Steam Punk aspects introduced towards the end. However, by the time of The Legend of Korra (70 years after Last Airbender) technology has advanced considerably, with things like cars, airships, airplanes and even Humongous Mecha becoming more and more commonplace (especially by the time of Book 4). Essentially, Avatar shows what happens when a Fantasy setting breaks its Medieval Stasis.
  • In Steven Universe the Crystal Gems are ageless magical beings that defend humanity, but they're also aliens with advanced technology to boot.
  • Centurions was a Science Fiction series, filled with Technology Porn and set Twenty Minutes into the Future. On top of that, the writers introduced Dracula, Merlin, a Hot Witch and her Evil Twin sister, an army of mummies, Atlantis, Psychic Powers and accidental Time Travel into various episodes.
  • Wakfu takes place in a universe full of a variety of different from animal people, elves, plant people, and a race of greedy old people, it also has the titular base of magic that's also the life force of all living things, gods and demons, and even reincarnation. On the Science Fiction side, it has aliens, laser weaponry, time travel, and robots.
  • Gravity Falls is about a titular town filled with paranormal activity of both fantasy and sci-fi origin.
  • Defenders of the Earth is another example of a series which often combines elements of fantasy and science fiction. The extent to which this happens varies from episode to episode. Some are very much rooted in science fiction, though most of these still contain some fantasy elements. With others, such as "The Carnival of Doctor Kalihari" or "Dracula's Potion", the fantasy element dominates.
  • Downplayed in Jackie Chan Adventures, an Urban Fantasy show that was heavy on magic, and thus is mostly fantasy. Though given the modern setting, some science fiction elements sneaked in.
    • For example, the government agency Section 13 possessed some advanced and futuristic technology, such as laser weaponry and a time machine.
    • One episode revealed that Stonehenge is a landing pad for flying saucers, of implied extraterrestrial origin.
  • The Phineas and Ferb episode "Nerds of a Feather" featured a war between fans of the science fiction genre (led by Baljeet) and fans of the fantasy genre (led by Buford), with Phineas and Ferb caught in the middle. They managed to end the feud by having both sides team up against a hologram of a mystical creature armed with weapons.
  • Being the girl who can do anything, Kim Possible has dealt with enemies of every genre: spy, mutant, robot, magic, alien, superhero, even pirate.
  • In Barbie Star Light Adventure, while the setting is the futuristic planet of Para-Den, the story beats are that of a fantasy quest.

  • Disneyland, wherein fairy tale castles and Funny Animals exist side by side with futuretech exhibits.
  • The Evillious Chronicles, a dark multi-media series heavy on magic and science fiction technology. This is epitomized by the kingdom of Levianta, where they carried out a project to impregnate a woman with the souls of a god and then raise them in scientific test tubes. After the kingdom's fall, much of the chronological series is almost strictly magic, even featuring sorcerers in medieval civilizations—until the rest of the world starts developing technology again and the lines once again become muddled. That's not even mentioning the odd machines used in the series' versions of heaven and hell.

Alternative Title(s): Science Fiction Versus Fantasy