What do you think of when you hear the words “Science Fiction?” I tend to think of things like space ships, little green men, and robots. Yet my new novel, A Wonderful Good Morning, contains none of those things. So why is it classified as “Science Fiction?”
The problem is that every book needs to fit into a genre, a known category, in order to be marketable. But how do you classify a novel that doesn’t really fit into any of the standard genres? I wish I had the answer to that question.
A Wonderful Good Morning is about climate change. It’s also a mystery story involving travel and art and even a little romance. So why call it “Science Fiction?” Well, because in writing about climate change, I took what’s known about some aspects of our warming planet and created a story that’s grounded in reality but then takes off into a world of my own imagination. I suppose I could have called it “Fantasy,” but that word brings complications, also. It conjures up images of shape-shifting creatures and witches and demons, which doesn’t describe my book any better than the words “Science Fiction” do.
So if you think of a more apt genre with which to classify A Wonderful Good Morning, I’d love to hear your suggestion.
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One thought on “A Word About Genre”
That genre sounds about right. I too like combining genres that I don’t know where my stories fall into. Cyberpunk and humour don’t usually go hand in hand, but I like it. Anyway, thanks for this post!
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