Fantasy & Beyond

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#823
I know this is a small group, but you guys are avid readers. I'm asking because I write in these genres (historical fantasy and science fiction—I may include epic too) and want to get an impression of how much crossover there is amongst fans of fantasy.
#828
I'll read any kind of fantasy, if the story and characters sound interesting to me. Sci-fi can be less my thing; I'm not big on the workings of gadgets, so a variety of flavours of SF don't float my boat. I think in general you'll find plenty of crossover in readership.
#842
cupiscent wrote: March 3rd, 2024, 10:04 Sci-fi can be less my thing; I'm not big on the workings of gadgets, so a variety of flavours of SF don't float my boat. I think in general you'll find plenty of crossover in readership.
What kind of science fiction do you read?

I usually read idea based SF (I used to like Brian Aldiss) or adventures in space (Lois McMaster Bujold). Most of the modern SF I've read has been short stories.
#845
I've been reading up on Chinese Historical Fantasy, both palace dramas as well as wuxia/xianxia.
Most of them take place in what is generally called the Jianghu (rivers and lakes), which is a fictional historical setting of China common in these types of novels/other media.

I'm not aware of any scifi crossovers yet. There have definitely been urban fantasy versions however.
#849
Ned Marcus wrote: March 3rd, 2024, 13:33
cupiscent wrote: March 3rd, 2024, 10:04 Sci-fi can be less my thing; I'm not big on the workings of gadgets, so a variety of flavours of SF don't float my boat. I think in general you'll find plenty of crossover in readership.
What kind of science fiction do you read?

I usually read idea based SF (I used to like Brian Aldiss) or adventures in space (Lois McMaster Bujold). Most of the modern SF I've read has been short stories.
Honestly, I read very sparingly in SF because of my preferences. In general, cyberpunk is not so much my thing, though I occasionally make an exception for Neal Stephenson. Sometimes space opera works better, but I prefer things that are more ideas-heavy like Ann Leckie or Arkady Martine or Becky Chambers. Heavy character-based stuff works well for me, like Murderbot, or the Locked Tomb books. In general, the sci-fi that's sort of near(ish) future earth but There's This Big Difference is not my thing, because too much revolves around the technicalities of that Big Difference.
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#853
I read a smattering of sci-fi here and there. Mainly the Vorkosigan Saga, but I'll get talked into something here and there every now and again, usually by an author who wrote both sci-fi and fantasy I really admire. I kind of want to reread Gaunt's Ghosts at some point. I don't go looking for sci-fi though.

Historical fantasy... hmm, depends slightly by what is meant by historical. But not a huge ton. A couple of GGKs ever year (got to space the good stuff out). Done a couple of Tim Powers and mean to do more. Got a group read of Mary Gentle's Ash coming up.