When I first started my novel–the one I’m revising, right now–I thought it was Science Fiction. I mean, it had aliens and spaceships, and it was all on a different planet…. Right? Well, apparently, it’s a fine line. It’s obviously not sword and sorcery Fantasy, but there are elements that lean toward that genre, instead of Sci Fi.
Some of the people who have read it, or parts of it, have flat out told me it’s Fantasy. And the truth is, I suspect they may be right. The “science” end of the thing isn’t really central to the story. It’s there, but I could just say “magic” and then explain it that way. I think. Plus or minus a few Faraday cages–which I’m comfortable with–in exchange for some dang spell–which I’m not.
I could go either way, for this one. I can see that.
But as part of the overall brand… Well, the science is much more integral to the next novel. For that one, it almost has to be science.
That may be what makes this one very soft science fiction as opposed to very sciency fantasy. Overall, I’m moving in the Sci-Fi direction.
So, while I’m still working out the marketing on this one… Can you define that line–the one between Science Fiction and Fantasy–in a really clear way? Or is it more of a know-it-when-you-see-it kind of arrangement?