Major Speculative Fiction Sub-Genres:Science Fiction: Fiction of the future and the question "What if...?"
subgenres of Science FictionFantasy Fiction of magic and mythology
subgenres of fantasy
- Comic Fantasy
- Dark Fantasy
- Fairy Tale
- Heroic Fantasy
- High Fantasy, the epitome of which is The Lord of the Rings.
- Historical Fantasy
- Low Fantasy
- Medieval European Fantasy
- Magic Realism: "Hey! You got magic in my whimsical literary epic!"
- Mundane Fantastic: Fantasy elements intrude on mundane everyday life.
- Paranormal Romance
- Supernatural Soap Opera
- Sword and Sandal
- Sword & Sorcery
- Urban Fantasy
- Vampire Fiction
subgenres of HorrorPunk Punk: Speculative elements meet social commentary, philosophy, action, and intrigue.
subgenres of Punk fiction
Hybrid subgenres and other major subgenres
- Alternate History
- Bizarro Fiction: literature's equivalent to the cult section at the video store.
- Dungeon Punk: An Adventure Friendly smashup of Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Punk, and Two Fisted Tale; heavy on the grit.
- Fantastic Comedy: A comic work, usually a sitcom, with minor but central fantastical elements
- Gaslamp Fantasy: whimsical hybrid of punk and fantasy, generally lighthearted or dramatic.
- New Weird: Non derivative horror, sci-fi, and fantasy mostly blended together.
- Paranormal Investigation: A mix of the supernatural and the scientific, with a variable level of the fantastic to the mundane.
- Science Fantasy: Mix and Matched sci-fi and fantasy elements.
- Sci-Fi Horror
- Supernatural Fiction: It's all about ghosts, witches, suspense, and mystery.
- Slipstream: weird next door neighbor to Realism, who may or may not be an alien wizard.
- Two-Fisted Tales: Works inspired by the Pulp Magazines of the early 20th century