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Digital Subscriptions > Writing Magazine > February 2016 > Fantastic realms: It’s not rocket science

Fantastic realms: It’s not rocket science

How much science you leave out of your SF is as important as how much you put in, says Alex Davis

There are many people out there who might be avowed readers of science fiction, viewers of science fiction or even many people who might unwittingly engage with science fiction on a regular basis without even knowing it. There’s a lurking discussion there about how SF is marketed and promoted, but many people are surprised to learn what titles can come under that genre bracket.

Of course, being interested in a genre or a fan of it doesn’t always mean that you want to turn your hand to writing it. And many SF enthusiasts might not fancy having a go at it because of the ‘s’ word – yes, science. In an ever-expanding and changing genre, the title has remained the same – although the content has transformed greatly over time.

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