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Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. LIS 590KKL Summer 2009 Jessica E. Moyer. Fantasy. Science Fiction. Subgenres, Themes and Types of SF. Space Opera Dystopia and Disasters Cyberpunk and VR Steampunk Humorous and parody Hard/Techy Romantic SF Classic Military

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Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

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  1. Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror LIS 590KKL Summer 2009 Jessica E. Moyer

  2. Fantasy ScienceFiction

  3. Subgenres, Themes and Types of SF • Space Opera • Dystopia and Disasters • Cyberpunk and VR • Steampunk • Humorous and parody • Hard/Techy • Romantic SF • Classic • Military • Near Future • Far Future • Nanotech • What does it mean to be human? • Leaving Earth • Lost colonies • Alien invasions • Tech based time travel • Space as the new West • Rogue Good Men • Unstoppable Heroines • Evil Emperor • Computers come alive

  4. Classic SF Authors • Edgar Rice Burroughs – A Princess of Mars • Philip K Dick – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? • Ray Bradbury – Fahrenheit 451, Martian Chronicles • Arthur C. Clarke – Rendezvous with Rama, 2001 • Isaac Asimov – Foundations • Philip Jose Farmer – Riverworld • Robert Heinlien – Starship Troopers, Moon is a Harsh Mistress • Larry Niven – Ringworld • William Gibson – Neuromancy • Marion Zimmer Bradley - Darkover

  5. SF Living Authors I • Lois McMaster Bujold – Miles Vorkosigan series • David Weber – Honor Harrington, Off Armageddon Reef • John Scalzi – Old Man’s War, Zoe’s Tale • Tobias Buckell – Crystal Rain, Ragamuffin • Charles Stross – Glasshouse • Ian M. Banks – Culture series, Matter is latest • Orson Scott Card – Ender series • CJ Cherryh – Downbelow Station & Cyteen - Alliance-Union • Margaret Atwood – Handmaid’s Tale • Cormac McCarthy – The Road • Kevin J. Anderson - Dune, Star Wars, Saga of Suns, etc. • Sandra Macdonald – Outback Stars

  6. SF Living Authors To Know II • Frank and Brian J. Herbert – Dune • Dan Simmons – Hyperion, Olympos • Connie Willis – Doomsday book (time travel) • Catherine Asaro – Skolian Saga • Vernor Vinge – A Fire Upon the Deep • Ben Bova – Planets series, Asteroid Wars • Kim Stanley Robinson - Red Mars, 40 Days of Rain • Ursula K LeGuin - Left Hand of Darkness • Neal Stephenson - Snowcrash, Diamond Age • Anne McCaffrey – Pern series, Freedom’s Landing • Elizabeth Moon – Vatta’s War • Robert Charles Wilson - Spin

  7. SF Media to Know • Battlestar Galactica (TV) • Terminator 1-4 • Sarah Connor Chronicles (TV) • Firefly (TV) and Serenity • Star Wars • Star Trek (TV and films) • Alien and Aliens • Mars Attacks • Planet of the Apes • Stargate (TV) time travel • 2001 • Road Warrior/Mad Max 2 • Blade Runner • ET • Jurassic Park • Invasion of the Body Snatchers • Andromeda (TV) • Matrix • Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

  8. Classic and literary SF Hard SF Space Opera Near future and post apocalyptic Romance readers History and historical fiction readers Fantasy readers Mystery readers Teens Introducing New Readers to SF

  9. Fantasy Concepts and Terms • Amulet • Bards • Basilisks • Bug crusher • Changelings • Cold iron • Demons • Dark Lord • Dark Tower • Derivative • Dragons • Dwarves • Elves • Enchanters • Faerie • Orcs • Pentagram • Portal • Rowan • Runes • Shire • Sidhe • Sorcerer • Talisman • Tolkienesque • 3 of… • Unicorns • Unseelie Court • Witches • Wizards • World building • Glamour • Goblins • Grimoires • Gryphon • Harpies • Hobbits • Labyrinth • Mage • Manticore • Middle Earth • Narnia • Necromancy • Oracles

  10. Reading Fantasic Fiction What is fantasy fiction? What is not fantasy fiction? Why do readers love fantasy? What role do series play? What about urban fantasy? How has it changed in the last 5 years? Why are most adult fantasy books really long? Is fantasy more re-readable than other genres?

  11. Subgenres of Fantasy Why do readers like some of these but not others? What makes them different in terms appeal? Adventure Dark Fantasy Epic/Quest Faerie & Fairy Tales Historical Fantasy Horror Humor and parody New Weird Sword and sorcery Romantic Fantasy Time Travel Urban Fantasy

  12. Trends and Authors • Historical Fantasy is a new and growing area • New authors: Jacqueline Carey, Jo Graham, Naomi Novik • Established authors: Diana Gabaldon • Classic authors: Marion Zimmer Bradley - Mists of Avalon • New and emerging fantasy authors • Brandon Sanderson: Robert Jordan heir • Scott Lynch: Lies of Locke Lamora • Patrick Rothfuss: Name of the Wind • Orbit is the big new publisher • Karen Miller, Jo Graham, Pamela Freeman, Lilith St. Crow, Jennifer Rardin, Brian Ruckley and Russel Kirkpatrick • Urban fantasy is really really hot and is expanding fantasy readership • Harrison’s Rachel Morgan series, Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series, Butcher’s Harry Dresden series, Harris’s Sookie Stackhous Series, Meyer’s Twilight, Rardin’s Jaz Parks series

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