FantasticFiction means many different things to different people. To some, it means all fiction in the genres of Sci-Fi and Fantasy. To others with a more narrow definition, it deals only with visions of the future. In general, however, FantasticFiction is fiction that is set either in an alternate version of this world or in another world altogether.
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This subgenre of SciFi takes a perfectly normal story, something that could happen right now to someone just like you or me, and adds a twist by asking “What would happen if..?”
Alternate histories are one type in the genre of science fiction. The WorldWar series by Harry Turtledove is an excellent example of this. He takes events that actually happened in our history, namely World War II, and poses the question, “What would happen if aliens had invaded in the middle of WWI?” From there, he creates an entire alternate world.
Another example is the “Sookie Stackhouse” series by Charlaine Harris. These books were made into the TV series, “True Blood,” and ask the question, “What would happen if vampires were real and ‘came out’ to the public?” I realize they aren’t exactly what everyone would call Sci-Fi, but they do fit the model.
As far as movies and television shows go, an excellent example is the Stargate movie and subsequent TV series. What if we found out that there was life on other planets, and it was actually us—humans kidnapped from Earth and transported elsewhere to be slaves to an alien race? And what if we also uncovered a device left behind that allows us to be transported through a wormhole to these other planets?
Fans of the online virtual “world” Second Life insist that it was already predicted by Sci-Fi in the novel Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, which involves a “metaverse” in which people interact through their avatars, much like Second Life. Although SL is declining in popularity because of it’s glitchiness and unbearable lag, it is still considered by many to be the first attempt at a “Snow Crash” style metaverse. This is an example of FantasticFiction because it takes a concept that does not currently exist, but could, and builds part (or all) of the story around it. This is, in fact, one of my favorite things about FantasticFiction—finding a book that has a fictionalized concept that is now a part of our modern-day world (like the internet).
As you can see, this is a very broad category. Some of the best Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror books and films are part of it. What are some of your favorites?
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