First off, I am the worst blogger in the world lately! Evidently, I’m the worst cat momma in the world lately,too, because the kitties are all complaining about lack of attention. Loki loves the hand that controls the mouse or is typing, which is a problemmmmmmm. See?
On to speculative fiction. My new writing group is a spec-fic (speculative fiction)group, so that’s the reason for the topic. I am a member of romance groups as well, but the spec-fic one is more local and has some really cool and interesting discussions. Last night I asked, “What is spec-fic, exactly?”
According to Wikipedia:
Speculative fiction is a fiction genre speculating about worlds that are unlike the real world in various important ways. In these contexts, it generally overlaps one or more of the following: science fiction, fantasy fiction, horror fiction, supernatural fiction, superhero fiction, utopian and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, and alternate history.
I like this definition a little better…
Speculative Fiction eliminates the need for a separation between science fiction, fantasy, and horror because they are different forms of one thing.
I pasted definitions, because my general understanding is that spec-fic is anything that’s a little bit out there in any way shape or form. It’s a pretty big umbrella!
While I write romantic suspense, and maybe some paranormal romance, I still get a lot out of the spec-fic discussions and critiques. It’s always good to keep an open mind, and you never know where the next big idea might stem from.
Either way, the spec-fic writing group is made up of some really interesting people, so I say bring on the coffee and the weird stuff!
With love and murder in mind,