It’s time to put on my librarian hat for a few minutes and clear the air about science fiction and fantasy.
Because the sad truth is, many people don’t seem to know the difference between the two. They use the terms interchangeably, as if they are the same.
But they’re not. They’re about as alike as strawberries and pineapples.
Fantasies are flights of the imagination, often full of dragons and magic. The worlds in which fantasies exist are always just beyond our view. We feel that if we could move a little faster, dig a little deeper, or find the right door to open, we could enter that world and have access to all of its wonders.
Many fantasies are based on legends or fairy tales, or even scary stories told around the campfire.
The television show Grimm is fantasy. The Harry Potter books are fantasy. Lord of the Rings series is fantasy. Vampire and werewolf shows are fantasy.
Science fiction, on the other hand, lives not around the corner, but in the future. It takes current scientific thought and projects potential outcomes.
In other words, if we can invent our way there, it’s science fiction.
Post-apocolyptic stories are science fiction. As are space travel stories and stories set in the future.
Star Trek is science fiction. Planet of the Apes is science fiction. The Matrix is science fiction. Any story that deals with robots, computers, or viruses taking over the world are science fiction.
Just to make sure we’re on the same page, the Behold the Eye (Braumaru, Cerulea, and Viridia) books are fantasy, while the Department of Temporal Adjustment is science fiction.
Great! Now that that’s all cleared up I’ll take my librarian hat off again.
See you around.