logo

THIS IS THE NEW SERVER - WE ARE STILL TWEAKING IT
Channel List
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies
Safety
We take forum safety very seriously here at BellaOnline. Please be sure to read through our Forum Guidelines. Let us know if you have any questions or comments!
Newest Members
jessicac26, Abby joy, freekundli, Suanle, prempesos
58100 Registered Users
Forum Stats
58,100 Registered Members
417 Forums
117,262 Topics
833,677 Posts

Most users ever online: 615 @ 04/22/15 10:11 AM
Top Posters (30 Days)
Nancy Roussy 270
Mona - Astronomy 91
Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames 55
Angie 44
Korie - California/Yoga Editor 22
Connie - ADD/Sandwiches 22
Susan - Meditation Editor 20
Angela - Drama Movies 14
Michelle - Teen & Reading Editor 13
"Rosie" 11
Ad Income Supports Charity
Topic Options
#787519 - 10/12/12 07:52 AM Why the grouping?
SpikeTheLobster Offline
Newbie

Registered: 10/11/12
Posts: 5
I've always wondered why people always lump sci-fi and fantasy together, given that they're totally different genres. It makes it really difficult to browse departments (online or off). And there aren't even that many crossover writers to justify the mix, in my opinion. I mean, I can understand it in a way (they're both stereotypically geeky boys' subjects) but to me it's like putting crime and horror together because, y'know, people die in both. Makes no sense. Does anyone know why - either logically or historically - they get thrown into the same box?

Top
#787578 - 10/12/12 01:50 PM Re: Why the grouping? [Re: SpikeTheLobster]
Jilly Offline
BellaOnline Editor
Highest Posting Power Known to Humanity

Registered: 02/26/03
Posts: 14392
Loc: Verde Valley, AZ
Both are speculative fiction. That's all i got.

Top
#787594 - 10/12/12 04:08 PM Re: Why the grouping? [Re: SpikeTheLobster]
Claybird Offline
Parakeet

Registered: 01/02/06
Posts: 970
Loc: Indiana
To me they are very different. SciFi is just that, fiction based on science, usually set in the future. Fantasy is anything BUT scientific, it involves magic and the supernatural and is often set in the past. As a scifi fan, it always bothers me that the shelves in the library that are labelled SciFi are full of stories about wizards and mystics. And judging from some of the cover art, they seem to be aimed at women, not geeky boys.

Top
#838313 - 09/16/13 08:28 AM Re: Why the grouping? [Re: SpikeTheLobster]
Ilah B Offline
Newbie

Registered: 09/14/13
Posts: 37
There are people who like fantasy, but not science fiction. There are people who like science fiction, but not fantasy. But there are a large number of people who like both. I personally know more people who like both genres. The two genres actually have quite a bit in common, in my opinion. They take place in a world different than the one we live in. The exotic setting is a big part of the appeal. Fantasy monsters and SF aliens are a lot alike. Non-human characters are a common factor as well. The non-human part makes them interesting and exotic. But they are close enough to human that we can talk with them, be friends with them or even consider a romance with them. There is a common saying in the SF community that sufficiently advance technology is indistinguishable from magic. Take a look at some of the things in Star Trek. They can teleport. They can create food instantly. They can revive someone who is technically dead. They have ships that can appear invisible. It seems a little bit like magic. In fact in a fantasy setting the same things are done with magic.

Top

Moderator:  SF/FBooks Evelyn 

Want to reply? Register as a Forum Member - it's quick, free and fun!
Brand New Posts
What did you SPEND money on today?
by Nancy Roussy
Frugal Living
5 seconds ago
Astronomy On This Day . . .
by Mona - Astronomy
Astronomy
Today at 04:26 AM
Where are you and how is the weather?
by Nancy Roussy
Inspiration
Today at 03:42 AM
What will you do today?
by Nancy Roussy
Inspiration
Today at 03:41 AM
What's your Typical Daily Menu?
by Nancy Roussy
Low Carb
Today at 03:39 AM
What did you dream about last night?
by Nancy Roussy
Dreams
Today at 03:37 AM
Charles Messier – Comet Ferret *new*
by Mona - Astronomy
Astronomy
Yesterday at 11:32 PM
Enchiladas Verde
by Karen - Quick Cook Ed
Quick Cooking
Yesterday at 09:10 PM
Beginner Tips for using the Subway
by Nancy Roussy
Family Travel
Yesterday at 12:49 PM
Venice Film Fest Reaction to Devastating Quake
by Angela - Drama Movies
Drama Movies
Yesterday at 12:28 PM
Register to Post!
Want to post? For security reasons you need to Register as a Forum Member. It's quick, easy and free!
Forum Activities
Book Clubs
Trivia Contests
Who's Online
0 registered (), 64 Guests and 2 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Ad Income Supports Charity



| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2015 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.