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Fiction in which the science of robotics is a central theme, typically relating to work of Isaac Asimov and the ideas advanced in his Robot series. Fiction in which future societies are extrapolated, explained and often criticized, usually for the purpose of social satire. It typically refers to long-running science fiction series with continuing story arcs. It is a literary genre, a style of dress and an artistic movement all rolled into one. The basic idea behind steampunk is the introduction of modern or futuristic concepts and technologies into an earlier setting, or vice versa.

In a steampunk timeline, for example, computers may have been invented several centuries earlier and used alongside, or even powered by, steam engines. Since the s steampunk has grown beyond a simple literary genre and expanded into a large-scale artistic and cultural movement. Central to this movement is the belief that 19th Century literature the works of Jules Verne and H.

Fiction relating to the science of cybernetics, which views nature as a series of interconnecting mechanical systems. Virtual reality, prosthetics, cyborgs, and internet fraud are all part of the cyberpunk niche, and usually go hand-in-hand with social decline. Biopunk is similar to cyberpunk, except that it focuses on the use of bio-technology and genetic engineering rather than computer technology.

Nanopunk is closely related to cyberpunk and biopunk but focuses mainly on the use of microscopic machinery or nanotechnology. Opinion varies on whether or not stories about superheroes belong to the science fiction or fantasy genres. Generally speaking, however, superhero fiction is thought to be a sci-fi subgenre, whether we like it or not. Today, the term may be attached to works that are directly inspired by Verne, or which follow the same format and imbue the same spirit of adventure.

It generally refers to the works of early British sci-fi writers, such as H. A blurring of the line between science fiction and gothic fiction. Gothic science fiction often takes conventional gothic concepts mythology, magic, monsters, etc.

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A good example of this would be vampirism explained as a rare blood disease. This usually discounts faster-than-light travel. It aims to promote a more realistic view of our universe to avoid future disillusionment. Works that bridge the boundaries of both the science fiction and fantasy genres. Concepts traditionally belonging to science fiction space travel, robots, etc. Fiction concerning a cataclysmic event, typically ending in the decline of the human race, human extinction, societal upheaval, or the total destruction of the Earth itself.

Fiction set in the aftermath of a cataclysmic event, in which the world, and human civilization, has been radically altered.

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Post-apocalyptic landscapes are typically grim, with survivors facing multiple dangers, such as violence, starvation, radiation, extreme weather, and even mutants. While zombie fiction is also claimed by the horror and fantasy genres, it is sometimes considered to be science fiction at its core. An individual zombie story may fall into any one or more of these categories, depending on its content and theme. Fiction in which aliens attempt to invade the Earth, either through military conquest, political subversion, or a campaign of mass extermination.

Alternate history stories are set in a world in which history has taken a different course. Often, a single event is identified as the beginning of this change; the assassination of Hitler, for example. It concerns voyages to forgotten lands islands, lost continents, isolated jungles, etc. Dystopian fiction deals with political repression and police states.

This is the opposite of a utopian society. Retro futurism does for s American pulp science fiction what Steampunk does for the works of Verne and Wells. Speculative fiction is an umbrella term, encompassing the larger genres of science fiction, fantasy, supernatural fiction, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, alternate history, and horror. Writers of social science fiction often refer to their work as speculative fiction, perhaps to avoid the stigma attached to science fiction.

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This is a highly dubious genre, which may or may not fall under the greater science fiction umbrella. Please note, this list of science fiction subgenres are from a blog called Sci-fi Ideas. It is the most contemporary list that I could find, but remember genres are mergeable, but to classify as science fiction, keep sci-fi to the forefront. Please note: the images used are free-use images and do not require attribution.

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We invite all writers of science fiction or any writers interested in the science fiction genre to submit a story to our Dimensions of Science Fiction anthology. If you are interested in submission, you must be a member of Writers Unite! If you have questions, please email writersunite16 gmail. Once upon a time—when dinosaurs roamed the earth, and I was still in high school—I had a wonderful English teacher who treated his students as peers and insisted that we all call him by his first name; his enthusiasm for literature and drama was outright contagious.

He convinced me to read outside my preferred genres, and he pushed me to write, write and write some more. A tremendously harsh critic, he somehow managed to be supportive even while delivering the most ruthless dissections of my prose. I was a bitter and catastrophically depressed teenager who approached each school day with apprehensive dread, but for his classes, I held a genuine anticipation. At the time, I thought that he meant that our prose should be limited to our experiences and our areas of expertise. How could the experiences of a morose, sheltered and awkward kid be relevant to the life of an inhuman denizen of a fantasy dungeon?

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I wanted to write about dragons and laser pistols, camaraderie and adventure! I occasionally wish for a time machine so that I could leap across the years and smack my younger self on the back of the head. Because the truth is every experience is something you can learn from. I knew what it looked like when a hawk stooped towards its prey. I knew what anger felt like, and fear, and hope, and sadness. It means to use your personal experiences to lend the power of authenticity to your prose. There is a secondary meaning as well, and it is one that I try to take to heart more as an adult author: Research, knowledge and the acquisition of new sensory memories can make your writing more compelling.

But spending time researching how maces were used historically can help create a more powerful scene. Look up how much real maces weighed. Research the kinds of wounds that a mace caused. If you can, make a mace and create new sensory memories by beating up an old tire. Try new things! Get your hands dirty in the garden, take a lesson in welding, bungee jump, hang-glide. Eat exotic foods and learn to mix cocktails.

So, my advice to an aspiring author is this: Write what you know because you know much more than you think.


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While growing up, David Reiss was that weird kid with his nose in a book and his head in the clouds. He was the table-top role-playing game geek, the comic-book nerd, the story-teller, and dreamer. David is a software engineer by trade and a long-time sci-fi and fantasy devotee by passion, and he lives in Silicon Valley with his partner of twenty-six years.

Until recently, he also shared his life with a disturbingly spoiled cat named Freya. A cop killer. A child witness. A soda thief.

A female detective. An omniscient sleuth.

All are waiting for you within the pages of Dimensions of Mystery. Like this: Like Loading Each story submission must be in a separate email. Writers Unite! Link to WU! Previously published work will be considered but must not be encumbered in any way by publishing rights. Please no less than for stories, 25 words for poetry.

Shorter stories will be included as space allows and authors given credit in the index of authors.

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Submission Count: Each author may submit up to five total stories. These stories and poems will be selected on quality and space needs in the anthology. Manuscripts not meeting the requirement will be rejected by the Writers Unite! Formatting requirements are listed at the end of this document.


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Spacing: Left justified with consistent one-space spacing between sentences. Title: Centered title, about one-third down first page. I have ever responded, I am the Lord's messenger. I know that many have called me a prophet, but I have made no claim to this title. My Saviour declared me to be His messenger.

Strange things will arise, and in your youth I set you apart to bear the message to the erring ones, to carry the word before unbelievers, and with pen and voice to reprove from the Word actions that are not right. Exhort from the Word. I will make My Word open to you.