Sci-fi and fantasy are two genres very near and dear to my heart. I’ve been reading mostly fantasy for the last few years, but recently a friend got me into an awesome sci-fi novel series.
As I read over the series, I realized sci-fi and fantasy are pretty much two sides of the same coin:
- They’re both purely speculative, with one set in the “past” and one in the “future”
- They use either “magic” or “technology” to do the impossible
- They have similar themes: heroism, courage, self-sacrifice, facing insurmountable odds
- and the list goes on…
On the face of it, the two genres are incredibly different, yet the truth is that they share so many things in common. I sat down with a few of my fantasy and sci-fi author friends to discuss my findings:
A.A. Jankiewicz (known to most as Agnes) hails from the city of Pickering, Ontario. Her debut novel ‘Q-16 and the Eye to All Worlds’ was published as part of her thesis project at Durham College as part of the Contemporary Media Design Program. Prior to that, she graduated from York University with a BFA in Film Theory, Historiography and Criticism. When she’s not busy plotting the next great adventure, writing, doodling, tinkering in the Adobe suite programs or mellowing out with her friends, she enjoys walks with her four-legged companion Meesha. She is currently working on the next instalment in the Q-16 series.
Creative writer, blogger and author, genres in fantasy, horror and sci-fi. Making my long-run fantasy world a reality.
Aaron Smith is an author and attorney living in San Diego, CA with his lovely wife and two pitbulls. He’s decided to put the voices in his head to work. His fiction has been featured at LibertyIsland.com, Microhorror.com and he has provided social and media analysis for PJLifestyles.com. Aaron is currently working on an urban fantasy novel, Identity, and a horror/adventure graphic novel, Inner Demons.