• Esther Archer Lakhani

Woig is Science Fantasy

A blog post that considers the literary genre of SciFan, in which fantasy, space travel and life on other planets forms a good part of the plot or background.



In Science Fantasy, a book can have both magic and aliens. Think Star Wars, which is a sort of a fairy tale type story that takes place in outer space. Another example is Anne McCaffrey's The Dragonriders of Pern, where people have telepathic bonds with dragons. See, a really cool thing about SciFan is that there is a HUGE range of possibilities. Some books are more fantasy heavy, and some sway towards the SciFi. And then there are some that are just plain difficult to define, which makes the topic of SciFan totally awesome, don't you agree?

If science makes us think, then fantasy lets us dream.

Randy Henderson in an issue of Fantasy Magazine describes it like this:


“The difference is that if the story includes a mix of possible science fiction (i.e. scientifically possible future or alternate events or technology) and something that is impossible (no matter how plausible the author makes it sound), then it is science fantasy.


Of course, the word ‘possible’ is often the sticking point here.”

Why I chose Science Fantasy

Because I believe anything is possible. And we all think about things different ways. When we share how we think about things, we all learn more. About ourselves, about each other, about the world, and about all that stuff is so beyond...

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