The SFF (Science Fiction, Fantasy, Speculative Fiction) Collective is a group that meets regularly to discuss topics relating to SFF books and share book recommendations across the genre.
Fantasy, science fiction, sci-fi, cli-fi, spec-fic, magic realism. Cyberpunk, silkpunk, steampunk, dieselpunk, decopunk, solarpunk, lunarpunk. Afrofuturism, alternate history, space opera. Grimdark, noblebright. High fantasy, low fantasy, hard sci-fi, soft sci-fi. Are these just made-up words? What do they all mean?
In this edition of the SFF Collective we discuss the delicate categories of genre. Do writers pick a genre and write, or do they write what they want and see what their publishers do? Do genres go in and out of fashion, and if so, why? Who exactly has the authority to decide which genres exist? And how do we differentiate between children’s, middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult fiction?
Authors to consider for this session include but are not limited to William Gibson, Philip Reeve, Margaret Atwood, Ken Liu, N. K. Jemesin, Liu Cixin, Susannah Clarke, J. K. Rowling, and Ursula K. Le Guin.