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Alternate History

Fiction based on real historical events if they had developed differently.

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Comic Sci-Fi

Science fiction that exploits/mocks/satirises typical genre conventions for comedic effect.

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Cyberpunk

Science fiction featuring advanced technological and scientific achievements juxtaposed with a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order. "High tech / low life".

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Dystopian

Dystopias are societies in cataclysmic decline, with characters who battle environmental ruin, technological control, and government oppression. Dystopian novels can challenge readers to think differently about current social and political climates.

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Hard Sci-Fi

Science fiction with an emphasis on scientific or technical detail/accuracy.

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Military Sci-Fi

Science fiction that features the use of technology, mainly weapons, for military purposes and usually principal characters that are members of a military organisation involved in military activity, usually during a war; occurring sometimes in outer space or on a different planet or planets.

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Post-Apocalyptic

Science fiction in which civilisation has collapsed. Often takes place in a non-technological future world or a world where only scattered elements of society and technology remain.

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Robots

Books about or involving robots, androids (artificial men/women), gynoids (artificial women), or cyborgs (also "bionic men/women", or humans with significant mechanical enhancements).

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Science Fiction

Science fiction is a genre of speculative fiction that typically deals with imaginative and futuristic concepts such as advanced science and technology, space exploration, time travel, parallel universes, and extra-terrestrial life. Often explores the potential consequences of scientific, social, and technological innovations.

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Soft Sci-Fi

Soft science fiction is often more concerned with character and speculative societies, rather than speculative science or engineering.

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Space Opera

Science fiction that emphasises space warfare, melodramatic adventure, interplanetary battles, chivalric romance, and risk-taking. Set mainly or entirely in outer space, it usually involves conflict between opponents possessing advanced abilities, futuristic weapons, and other sophisticated technology.

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Steampunk

Steampunk incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Often set in an alternative history of the Victorian era or the American "Wild West", where steam power remains in mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power.

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Superhero Fiction

Examines the adventures, personalities, and ethics of costumed crime fighters known as superheroes, who often possess superhuman powers and battle similarly powered criminals known as supervillains.

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Time Travel

Time travel may form the central theme of a book or it can simply be a plot device to drive a story. The story may ignore the possible effects of the time traveller’s actions or it could exploit its repercussions.

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Utopian Fiction

Utopian fiction is a style of fiction that takes place in an idealised world. Generally about exploring real problems facing our world and making political, philosophical, or moral points through storytelling.

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Virtual Reality

Science fiction in which characters are trapped in virtual reality or enter into virtual reality as a substitution for the misery of reality.

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