I learned today that there are sub-genres in fantasy that incorporate science too. These include arcanepunk and science fantasy.

I have an idea from a novel where some space explorers from earth wake up from cryogenic sleep to find out that their ship has landed on a world populated by magical people and creatures. They try to explain how the world works in terms of science, but over time come to believe in magic more. In meantime, some of the magical entities begin to believe more in science. So there is a cooperation and conflict.

I am a beginning writer. It was suggested in another post that I try reading fiction by other authors and reverse engineer their stories to see what works and what doesn't. Does anyone have any suggestion of novels that I could read to learn more about genres related to science fiction and fantasy?

Sincerely, Craig

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  • Are you looking for fiction stories to read that are in the sci-fi and fantasy genres, or are you looking for non-fiction books that are about science-fiction and fantasy genres? – Craig Sefton Jun 28 '14 at 7:15
  • I know that there was a trend at some point for ~fantasy settings involving the descendents of human astronauts on alien planets. Anne McCaffrey's dragon books, I believe? I've never read them, so I couldn't say whether they fit what you want. – lea Jun 29 '14 at 9:36
  • I am looking for stores that read in both the science fiction and fantasy genres. I have found a really good book named "The Iron Dragon's Daughter" by Michael Swanwick that inolves both. That book provides a good example of what I am looking for. – user9885 Jun 29 '14 at 12:45
  • I'm afraid that book recommendations are off-topic here. Unless you can narrow this some more and make it more relevant to your writing, I think this is probably going to have to be closed. – Neil Fein Jun 30 '14 at 1:28
  • Begin here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_fantasy – user5645 Jun 30 '14 at 8:05

M.Y.T.H. Inc. comes to mind, and possibly Dinotopia. H.P. Lovecraft's work, while more focused on horror, contains elements of both fantasy and science.


The Deathgate Cycle, while leaning more toward fantasy, has some pretty strong elements of sci-fi as well. It's quite well-plotted, with excellent examples of satisfying character arcs and a cohesive plot that comes together over seven books.

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