Sci-Fi or Fantasy? Or Both?

Discussion in 'The Green Dragon' started by Narya, Aug 10, 2009.

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SCI-FI OR FANTASY

  1. SCIENCE FICTION ROCKS!

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  2. FANTASY IS FOR ME!

    43.5%
  3. BOTH - LOVE BOTH GENRES

    39.1%
  4. NEITHER. DEPENDS ON MY MOOD.

    8.7%
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  1. Beleg

    Beleg Fading

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    social sci-fi, typefied by the likes of ursula le guin in the dispossessed and mary doria russell in the sparrow trumps everything else.
     
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    Beleg - love how you log in for the first time since the very beginning of 06 just to say that. :*D
     

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    Starflower Almost here

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    Fantasy all the way for me. The only sci-fi books that I have read and enjoyed are the Mars books by Kim Stanley Robinson.
    Other than that, I am on a steady diet of fantasy :)
     
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    The scifi / fantasy are structurally the same (see http://www.clickok.co.uk/index4.html and videos at channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/clickokDOTcoDOTuk ) only the Worlds are different; scifi is in the future with advanced tech whereas fantasy (a form of scifi) is in a magical world etc.
     

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    Fantasy Of course, who doesn't like fantasy?
     
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    CirdanLinweilin The Wandering Wastrel

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    I'm planning a Science Fantasy for NaNoWriMo next month. I'll see how it goes, but it's going to have dragons and space ships in it.
     
  8. Narya

    Narya ~He-he-he~

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    What's a NaNoWriMo?
     
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    This is NaNoWriMo: nanowrimo.org
    It's a world wide writing event, where you try to write at least 50, 000 words in the month of November. I got 38, 000, so I didn't quite manage to win.
     
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    HLGStrider All Knowing Magic Cat

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    Short for National Novel Writing Month ... this was my first skip year (because we spent the first two weeks of November traveling and because I was already about 30k words into a project that I didn't think had another 50k words left into it when November started ...). I credit NaNoWriMo for helping me learn to "find the time." I've always written but as an adult just assumed with kids and life it wasn't going to get done until they were a little older. Then I got an idea for a dragon themed fantasy romance series which seemed perfect ... and November was just around the corner so I dove in.
    Best choice ever. That was four years ago. I now have over a dozen works self-published and one coming out next year with a small press (I got into it knowing that I wanted to do the indie route rather than try to court the big guys. I like to write what I like to write not try and decode the market at any given time).
    Mostly I write light fantasy (more fairy tale than epic) ... closest I get to "scifi" is my Steampunk series (though people like that one a lot, so it may be my "niche.").
     
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    WOW~! Hey! You guys are still here! I thought I was the only one who came back... actually, I was quite surprised to log in - I forgot my password and email... Anyway, good to know you guys went into writing. I love SteamPunk. I went into song writing and was able to release an album. Mostly rock songs. I want to get back to writing stories again. Just don't have time, plus I got sick.

    Anyway... NICE TO SEE YOU GUYS AGAIN!
     
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    Good to see you and 'Elgee' again too!

    As for me, been writing bits and pieces of a fantasy tale for years now. It may one day be finished.

    I got started on Sci Fi (Asimov) well before I discovered Tolkien. Haven't really progressed deeper into fantasy except for The Black Company, and I read the Farseer trilogy but found it lacking depth. Anyway.... Happy New Year!
     
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    I went the other way. I started with Fantasy and now I'm into Sci-Fi. The story I have (on-hold) is off-planet. I do have a finished plot line, with setting and character, but how to start it... I'm waiting for inspiration to hit me.
     
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    Fantasy. For some reason endings of Sci-Fi books are always all over the place.
     
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    Azrubêl Drúadan

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    I personally am more inclined to write Fantasy. However, I also like Sci-Fi, but I haven't read a ton of it. I think there are rare books like Dune and The Incal that are interesting because they use elements of both genres throughout.
     
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    Speaking of which, I am using Steampunk, believe it or not, in my own way, in my fantasy. My apologetics for this is one person is using it and developing it, and it's not very widespread. The weaponry and airships are actually powered by magic.

    My inspiration was the video game series Fable which uses both modern weaponry (firearms) and magic.

    What can I say, I dare to be different. :D:rolleyes:

    *patiently waits for various fans of fantasy, steampunk, and or otherwise to pelt me and tell me how many literary rules I am breaking while they brandish torches and pitchforks.* :eek::eek::eek:

    CL
     
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    Steampunk+Magic is actually common enough to have it's own subgenre now, called Gaslamp.

    I actually am writing that subgenre right now. My Spellsmith & Carver series is about magicians but there are also engineers with steampunky technology and a clockwork fox and the characters use revolvers on occasion.

    it's got its own searchable category on Amazon now (see, my book is #17) https://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/books/16926920011/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_b_1_4_last
     
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    THAT is SO COOL. Plus, your number #16 right now. So cheers!!

    Here is a description of my Gaslamp heroine's firearm:

    Azren: A a long, wide rifle pulsating with azure and green magic, the rifle gives off a warm, golden, almost fatherly glow. It’s wood is light brown with a gold inlaid. It has a 36 inch long and 4-inch wide barrel. It’s a 7.56 cal. rifle. It shoots pulsating energy blasts, which come from a enchanted metal called Güldblasr (the end is pronounced -ear). The translated term meaning: Golden Blazer.

    It's still a WIP, but I like it.

    If you have any awesome advice, don't hesitate to give me a holler.

    My Gaslamp series is set in my original fantasy world, but has it's own separate but connecting story, it's called: "Martyrs, Myths, Mortals". It's about a lone inventor, sentient dragons, evil mage dynasty, and time-traveling.

    Frankly, though, that's all I got. If you want to learn more about my fantasy world, feel free to contact me.

    CL
     
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    Azrubêl Drúadan

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    Nice, I am interested by steampunk, although I have not explored it much. Castle In the Sky is one of my favorite Studio Ghibli movies, probably that and Princess Mononoke. Castle in the Sky is kinda fantasy and steampunk imo. I haven't really read much of it. Maybe Artemis Fowl? I read those years ago, they were good.
     
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    I would prefer to write fantasy but still to keep it a bit scientifically equipped so I would also use sci-fi.
     

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