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  1. #1
    Supreme Leader Snoke Rail'k's Avatar
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    May 2004
    Running the shadows of Seattle in 2078

    Question sci-fi sub genres

    the Scifi fantasy grenre i have found has become too broad. so i expanded it into a list of sub genres with examples, what do you think?
    Sci-fi fantasy
    • Realistic future
      • Space
        • Battlestar Galactica
        • Firefly
      • Earth
        • V for vendetta
    • Fanical future
      • Space
        • Star Wars
        • Star Trek
        • Red Dwarf
        • Farscape
        • Dune
        • aliens
      • Earth
        • Children of men
        • Aeon flux
        • Ultra violet
        • Matrix
        • The island
    • Secret government.
      • Space
        • stargate
      • local
        • X files
    • Creature feature
      • Python
      • arachnophobia
    • Vampire
      • blade
    • Super hero
      • Fun
        • Hulk
        • Fantastic 4
      • Serious
        • Batman begins
        • Spiderman
        • Heroes
        • smallvill
    • Strange happenings
      • Everyday
        • Groundhog day
        • Field of dreams
      • Strange places
        • lost
    • Mythos
      • Jason and the Argonauts
      • The Odyssey
      • Hercules
    • New world fantasy
      • Lord of the rings
      • The dark crystal
      • Willow
    • Legendary fantasy
      • Monty python and the holy grail
      • Dragon heart
    Last edited by Rail'k; January 8th, 2007 at 06:20 AM.

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    Chief Master Sergeant Marcus117's Avatar
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    Aug 2006

    Default Re: sci-fi sub genres


    Fantasy is Fantasy. It's another genre entirely and as such is not a sub genre of Sci-Fi. The same can be said of the Superhero genre - ergo, I believe their inclusion on this list is wrong, in my opinion.

    Also, numerous sub-genres already exist within the Sci-Fi world.

    Science - Genres concerning the emphasis, accuracy, and type of science described include:

    * Hard science fiction - a particular emphasis on scientific detail and/or accuracy.
    * Soft science fiction - focus on human characters and their relations and feelings, while de-emphasizing the details of technological hardware and physical laws..
    * Firm science fiction - falls between hard science fiction and soft science fiction.
    * Social science fiction - concerned less with technology and space opera and more with sociological speculation about human society.

    Characteristics - Themes related to science, technology, space and the future, as well as characteristic plots or settings include:

    * Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic science fiction
    o Cosy catastrophe
    * Biopunk - uses elements from the hard-boiled detective novel, film noir, Japanese anime, and post-modernist prose to describe the nihilistic, underground side of the biotech society
    * Dying Earth science fiction
    * Military science fiction
    * Steampunk - denotes works set in (or strongly inspired by) an era when steam power was still widely used — usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian England
    * time travel
    * space colonization
    * Space opera - emphasizes romantic adventure, exotic settings, and larger-than-life characters
    * Spy-fi

    Movements - Genres concerning politics, philosophy, and identity movements include:

    * Christian science fiction
    o Clerical fiction
    * Feminist science fiction
    * Gay science fiction and Lesbian science fiction
    * Libertarian science fiction

    Eras - Genres concerning the historical era of creation and publication include:

    * Cyberpunk - noted for its focus on "high tech and low life" and taking its name from the combination of cybernetics and punk
    o Postcyberpunk - typically examining the social effects of an ubiquitous datasphere of computerized informaton, genetic engineering and modification of the human body, and the continued impact of perpetual technological change
    * Golden Age of Science Fiction - a period from the 1940s-1950s during which the science fiction genre gained wide public attention and many classic science fiction stories were published
    * New Wave science fiction - characterised by a high degree of experimentation, both in form and in content
    * Pulp science fiction
    * Scientific romance - an archaic name for what is now known as the science fiction genre, mostly associated with the early science fiction of the United Kingdom

    Combinations - Genres that combine two different fiction genres or use a different fiction genre's mood or style include:

    * Alternate history science fiction - fiction set in a world in which history has diverged from history as it is generally known
    * Comic science fiction
    * Science fiction erotica
    * Gothic science fiction - a subgenre of science fiction that involves gothic conventions
    * New Wave science fiction - characterised by a high degree of experimentation, both in form and in content
    * Science fantasy - a mixed genre of story which contains some science fiction and some fantasy elements
    * Science fiction romance - fiction which has elements of both the science fiction and romance genres
    * Science fiction Western - fiction which has elements of both the science fiction and Western genres

    - Marcus.

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    Chief Master Sergeant Gwin's Avatar
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    Jan 2006

    Default Re: sci-fi sub genres

    Quote Originally Posted by Rail'k View Post
    • Fanical future

    Was does "fanical" means? Something like "alternative"?
    Although, if it meant alternative, it would still be wrong. Farscape isn't set into the future.
    That's all folks.

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    Default Re: sci-fi sub genres

    Quote Originally Posted by Gwin View Post
    Was does "fanical" means?

    Was wondering this too.

    And should V for Vendetta be in Superhero Serious? Also curious as to why Spiderman would be in a different listing than the Hulk and Fantastic 4? Just because the movie is better?

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    Supreme Leader Snoke Rail'k's Avatar
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    May 2004
    Running the shadows of Seattle in 2078

    Default Re: sci-fi sub genres

    fanical is my word for highly unlikely and i put fanical in there because it was based in the near future.

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    Data ShadowMaat's Avatar
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    Apr 2004
    Doctor Horrible's Lab

    Default Re: sci-fi sub genres

    I think there are too many ways to subgenrelize things; start down that path and every movie/show ever made could be its own subgenre.

    And while the scifi/fantasy genre in general tends to be very imaginative I'm not sure that this list of yours is the best place to introduce your own words/language, especially not when you're inviting comments from the general public- they need to be able to understand what you're saying in order to form opinions.

    Also, other than "fanical" I'm not sure how your system is different from the dozens/hundreds/thousands of very similar ways other people have subcategorized fantasy and scifi. I see nothing here and for someone who is complaining about there being "too many" subcategories you've certainly managed to represent quite a few of them. I mean, really, why differentiate between "fun" Superhero movies and "serious" ones? And on what basis do you determine which is which? Some of your assignations seem... random and/or highly biased.

    As your own personal system, strictly for you, I'm sure it works fine- after all, you know best how you categorize things- but for the rest of us? I think I'll give it a pass.
    Last edited by ShadowMaat; January 9th, 2007 at 09:24 AM.

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