Monday, June 06, 2011

10 works of fantasy that are really science fiction

"Sometimes you're immersed to your eyeballs in a story about supernatural monsters, or medieval lands full of eldrich gods - when suddenly, you realize the whole damn story is really about science or an alien planet full of advanced technology," writes Annalee Newitz at io9. "You thought you were in the realm of fantasy, but instead you found yourself suddenly in the realm of science fiction."

One title on Newitz's list of "stories that seem like fantasy at first, but the science fiction creeps up on you:"
Kraken, by China Mieville

How can a novel full of ghosts, gods, and Londonomancy be anything but pure fantasy? When the whole point of the novel is that somehow there is a Darwinian natural selection at work on the forces of magic itself - only the most hardy forms of magical belief will survive. Indeed, one of the main forces of good in the story emanates from London's Natural History Museum, where evolutionary theory is somehow embodied in sample jars and preserved animals, coming to life to slay the forces of irrationality and chaos.
Read about another novel on the list.

Also see: 10 works of science fiction that are really fantasy.

--Marshal Zeringue