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A category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter.

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Is there a term for scifi set in space that isn’t space opera? [closed]

The term “space opera” implies far more than merely being set in space. It is patterned after “soap opera” and has implications of melodrama and so forth. Is there any term for scifi set in space that ...
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Is Political sci-fi a recognised genre?

Most of the sci-fi (and much fantasy) that I enjoy reading is heavily laden with political concepts: power struggles, revolution, exploration of alternative political systems. For example, Kim Stanley ...
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Does cyberpunk exclude interstellar space travel?

I'm wondering about the 'definition' of cyberpunk. In the ones I've read, space travel was only nearby stuff: earth orbit, moon, mars and maybe other solar system areas. Which I appreciate because ...
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Why is science fiction and fantasy referred to as "genre fiction", but other genres are not? [closed]

An oddity I have noticed in mainstream media and criticism is that science fiction and fantasy are referred to as "genre fiction" but other genres (comedy, romance, drama, etc) are not. All the online ...
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What is this speculative fiction genre called?

I'm thinking about the type of speculative fiction where the characters travel to another dimension or another universe, or someone/something from another universe arrives in this one. Examples: The ...
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What are the roots of the 'characters representing bureaucracy' as a theme in British fantasy/sci fi?

In British SciFi/Fantasty we see the following genre/themes: Adams - HitchHikers Guide to the Galaxy - the Vogons - bureaucratic officious overlords Gilliam - Brazil - The ministry - turning people ...
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Science Fiction as a setting or genre?

Isaac Asimov was famous (in my mind) for writing detective stories that happened to be set in space. I am also a fan of Joss Whedon's Firefly series for separating the science fiction setting from the ...
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Is there a "mathematics fiction" genre? [closed]

The science fiction genre has been and is still an area in which visionary authors can express their ideas about new sciences. Many successful academic research were influenced by works of science ...
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What is a good one-sentence explanation for the difference between Steampunk and Cyberpunk?

I'm vaguely aware of the difference of these genres but I haven't been able to come up with a short, concise and precise, definitive one-liner to explain the difference to people who don't know the ...
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Is the term Steampunk limited to steampunky look and feel or does it include anything that features steampunk-like technology? [closed]

This question was just (more eloquently) raised by Xantec in a comment: But if you had steampunk technology with modern looking clothing and architecture, wouldn't that still be called steampunk? (...