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Letters from Proxima Thule

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A German SFF writer I know likes to use the term "imaginative" for fantasy, science fiction, and related. I kinda balk at this term the way I balk at "speculative," because technically all fiction imagines or speculates to some extent.

On the other hand, I have totally used the term "speculative fiction" to describe the kind of fiction I like to read and write, stuff that never seemed quite science-y enough to be called science fiction, yet didn't operate in a fantasy realm, and/or work that had some sort of stylistic or philosophic "literary" pretensions.
But then I found out that a lot of people used "speculative fiction" as an umbrella term for what my friend would call the "imaginative" genres, so fuck I don't really know anymore either.

I like The Handmaid's Tale, but Atwood's views on SF as a genre have generally rubbed me the wrong way. It's not unlike people who insist on saying they read "graphic novels," as if they weren't comics.

I love the term "fantastika" and also weird/strange fiction.

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