Monday, October 15, 2012

Speculative Fiction

When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.
—Albert Einstein

I'm fascinated with the term Speculative Fiction.

"Speculative literature is a catch-all term meant to inclusively span the breadth of fantastic literature, encompassing literature ranging from hard science fiction to epic fantasy to ghost stories to horror to folk and fairy tales to slipstream to magical realism to modern myth-making -- and more."
—Speculative Literature Foundation

This definition allows me to include the South American writers whose magical realism transports me to another dimension where I suspend disbelief.

From The Hungry Reader's review of The Passage by Justin Cronin

"In this staggering book of speculative fiction, Cronin has proven that he can transcend genre and, with his power of language, create a distant world that feels close and credible."

It's good to see that the genre is expanding and becoming more inclusive. Perhaps more writers will dip into speculative fiction. I read The Passage and I'm on the library wait-list for The Twelve—the second book in the series.

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