What is speculative fiction? Tara Tyler explains. And see the fabulous cover for Pop Travel!

Thanks for letting me spend some time at your blog today, Elsie!

speculative fiction!

Elsie and I are both published through the wonderful Curiosity Quills Press. When folks ask me about my publisher, I tell them we are a small but growing force and we specialize in Speculative Fiction. Most people just nod and smile when they hear that and don’t have a clue what Speculative Fiction is. Well, that’s what I’m going to talk to you all about today!

Speculative Fiction is a broad literary genre encompassing any fiction with supernatural, fantastical, or futuristic elements. The popularity of the term is sometimes attributed to Robert Heinlein, who referenced it in 1947 in an editorial essay, although there are prior mentions of speculative fiction, or its variant “speculative literature” -.Wikipedia

Movies and Books that popped up for Speculative Fiction were: A Handmaid’s Tale, Lord of the Rings, Brave New World, Game of Thrones, Hunger Games, and Farenheit 451

TV Tropes said Speculative Fiction was also a “backronym” for SF. They define it as science fiction and fantasy and everything in between. I like that one best and I hope I made it clearer what it speculative fiction means!

Elsie and I fit right into CQ Press. She writes about a teenage grim reaper and my two series are a futuristic sci fi thriller and an MG fantasy.

Thanks again, Elsie for helping me show off POP TRAVEL’s new cover – it’s hot! And the re-release has a sneak peek at the first chapter of SIMULATION which comes out Sept 14th!


by Tara Tyler

Re-released July 1, 2015

In 2080, technology has gone too far for private detective J. L. Cooper. He thinks he can avoid pop travel teleportation, until he stumbles onto a video of a pop traveler who turns to dust.

Sparking a series of murders, attempts on his life, and threats to his brother, Cooper wants to pass off the evidence but knows he’s being watched and can’t trust anyone. And who would believe him?

With help from the neurotic genius “Creator” of pop travel and a beautiful Southern charmer, Cooper must expose the deadly glitch and shut it down or die trying. No problem.

Tara Tyler has had a hand at everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After living up and down the Eastern US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband. Currently, she has two series, The Cooper Chronicles (techno-thriller detective capers) and Beast World (MG fantasy) She’s an adventure writer who believes every good story should have a moral, and a few laughs!
Also by Tara Tyler, MG/YA Fantasy series, Beast World,

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8 thoughts on “What is speculative fiction? Tara Tyler explains. And see the fabulous cover for Pop Travel!

    • i had trouble defining my genre too – i’ve called it many things and people still want a clear definition, but it’s got everything so it’s hard to pigeon hole it…


  1. You do not know how long I have had this question in my head! So thank you!
    I have written most of a trilogy that is some kind of science fiction, but based on earth using real physics. But tossing three mysterious stones that are identical in size and quality, yet inseparable, that can also do fantastical things, but basing said things on theories I’ve read in books like Time Travel In Einsteins Universe. Theoretical psychics and cosmology have also helped me develop major plot points, but I have never really been able to pin-point an exact genre.
    I don’t read much Science Fiction. I would like to, but everything I have come across within the broad genre leans too much toward fantasy. I’m looking for plots based on earth. Like, my book, I have described as Fringe meets Dr. Who. Would that be considered Speculative Fiction?


  2. Elsie – I first ran across the term ‘speculative fiction’ about six months ago when a blogger interviewed an author who writes in the genre. I find all these exploding and expanding new genres so fascinating in both the fiction and non-fiction worlds. Thanks for such an informative post.


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