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Discover the personal connection in fantasy and sci-fi novels

Many fantasy and sci-fi novels may take place in an imaginary world inhabited by weird and wonderful creatures or dominated by overriding technology. But many stories are deeply rooted in the human experience and personal connections. So, while hard sci-fi books, where technology, robots or machines take centre stage are usually the first thing readers imagine the genre to be, there are many soft sci-fi stories that are led by inspiring characters battling against the negative effects and consequences of their worlds.

The sci-fi and fantasy universe is expanding

Like many other types of literature such as crime and thrillers, fantasy and sci-fi novels can be divided into many sub-genres including

  • Epic & fighting fantasy books – are stories on a grand scale which have many characters and several interwoven plots. Examples include J R R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and George R R Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series.
  • Space Operas – are similar to epic fantasy, these are books that have science fiction at their core, with the narrative spanning multiple planets, species, and storylines. Dune by Frank Herbert and The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov are classic space operas.
  • Classic sci-fi books – 1984 by George Orwell and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, to name just two, have transcended the genre to become fiction books that appeal to a wide audience.
  • Dystopian books – take place in a future where society has broken down and social norms no longer apply, such as in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Some dystopian novels could even be classified as horror sci-fi books.
  • Romance fantasy books – usually have a narrative where the fantasy takes a supporting role to human interaction, probably the most famous being The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
  • Comedic sci-fi books – like Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels or Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy have become bestsellers that show sci-fi and fantasy novels can have a humorous side.

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