Mixed up: Science fantasy

Today’s prompt for SciFiMonth is ‘Celebrate a subgenre.’ While thinking about an idea for a blog post, I thought about those books that are hard to categorize. They could be seen as science fiction, but they have just as many fantasy or historical elements. Since my absolute favourite genre is fantasy, I decided to make a list of stories that mix fantasy and science fiction. This could be seen as a kind of subgenre and is sometimes called ‘science fantasy.’

Soulless by Gail Carriger
This book really has the best of both genres! It’s set in an alternate version of the Victorian era, which makes it steampunk (read more about this subgenre). But the story is also populated by vampires and werewolves; clearly fantasy elements. I loved the fact that those paranormal figures are regular citizens in this book.

Angelfall by Susan Ee
This exciting story starts just after the apocalypse that was caused by angels who still threaten the world. It may not be the most original idea, but it’s definitively an interesting mix!

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Because this is a retelling of a fairy tale with some fantasy elements I tend to see this book as fantasy. Yet, The Lunar Chronicles actually has many science fiction elements: it’s set in the future, Cinder herself is a cyborg (she has a mechanic hand and foot), parts of the story are set in space and people live on the Moon.

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
I read this book last year for SciFiMonth. The story is set in post-apocalyptic Africa, but it also includes magic. Although it has features of both genres, I consider this book rather fantasy than science fiction. Magic plays a very important role in the plot. There is some mention of technology and an apocalypse, but the setting didn’t really feel like the future.


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