Influence of Fantasy on Pop Culture.
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Sci-fi subgenres to help you understand the future
“Cyberpunk” has been the go-to imagery of the future for a startlingly long time—Bruce Bethke’s short story of that name is 35 years old, and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner was released in 1982. We need some newer words for what’s coming next.
So I punted a question out on Twitter, asking the fans, authors, and futurists I know to share what they saw going on in speculative writing around the world and (often) outside the Anglosphere. These visions are, ultimately, reflections of where people believe the world is headed now, and cyberpunk is not the only vision the world has to offer—indeed, it was never the only one.
Which microgenres are bubbling up, and which trends and themes best describe how creators are imagining the future? Here are nine suggestions.
1. Chinese Sci-Fi and Chaohuan, the “Ultra-Unreal”
A wave of Chinese writing has reached the Anglosphere in the last five or so years—much of it through the sterling translation work of Ken Liu—and has scooped up many of the genre’s big awards.
The genre isn’t in any way new—but after the roaring success of Black Panther (2018), it’s an essential imaginary to highlight nonetheless.
3. Gulf Futurism
A crunchy, contentious concept, referring both to the “hyperdevelopment” aesthetic of architecture in the region (“the Blade Runner fantasies of oil princes,” as Natalie Olah puts it in a 2014 Vice article) and the critique of the same.
4. Climate Fiction (“Cli-Fi”)
“All novels written now should be climate change novels unless they’re a fantasy in some way. Realist novels that don’t have climate change as part of the contemporary landscape are fantasies, genre novels.”
So says author Jane Rawson, speaking in 2018 to Ben Brooker about Australian literature.
“What does ‘the good life’ look like in a steady-state, no-growth, totally sustainable society?”
6. Water Crisis Thrillers
If you run out of water, you’ve got just 100 hours left to live, claims Dr. Claude Piantadosi of Duke University. This lends a particular tension to science fiction novels about drought and water crisis.
7. Kitchen sink dystopia
Think of this microgenre as “minimally speculative futures,” if you like—a mode of storytelling that seems wholly mundane and normal until something goes a bit wrong. Fiction writer Brendan C. Byrne calls it the “day to day debasement of Super Late Capitalism.”
8. Woke Space Opera
At the other end of the scale to kitchen sink dystopias is this microgenre, which features the familiar elements of classic hard sci-fi—faster-than-light space travel, deep futures (like 20,000-years-deep), and, of course, aliens—with a contemporary sociopolitical twist.
9. The New Weird
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