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The Private Enemy (novel) FAQ

What does crime/speculative fiction mean? 🔗

The novel is primarily a crime story but includes speculative fiction elements. Speculative fiction is a super-category of genres such as science fiction, fantasy, alternative history, cyber punk, steam punk and clock punk. There are other speculative fiction genres as well. In this case the story is speculating about a possible future. Other examples of this type of genre include George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (published in 1949 and speculating about a possible 1984, which was at that time in the future) and G.K. Chesterton's The Napoleon of Notting Hill (published in 1904 speculating about a possible future 100 years after the time of writing, which is now in our past).

Strangely, some people seem to think that SF=spaceships+aliens. Science fiction does include stories about aliens or spaceships, and some of them are entertaining, but spaceships and aliens aren't a prerequisite for speculative fiction and there aren't any in this novel.

2015-03-30 11:42:07

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