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The Starter List of Science Fantasy

Over at the Mad Genius Club I talk about what Science Fantasy is, as a subgenre of science fiction. Where science and magic exist on the same plane, stories that stretch the imagination are born. If you haven’t read any, this is a good place to start. If you love the genre already, then perhaps you will find fresh adventures before you. 

Enjoy, and happy reading! 

  1. John Carter of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  2. Dave Freer’s The Forlorn
  3. Foster’s Spellsinger series
  4. The Dray Prescott series
  5.  “Glory Road” by Robert A Heinlein
  6. Pam Uphoff’s Gods and Exiles
  7. Jason Fleming’s the Spring that Never Came
  8.  Also by Robert A Heinlein there is “the Number of the Beast” 
  9. Christopher Stasheff the Warlock series
  10. The Compleat Enchanter by de Camp and Pratt
  11. Schooled in Magic by Christopher Nuttall
  12. Magic, Inc by Robert A Heinlein
  13. Jack of Shadows by Zelazny
  14. CJ Cherryh’s Morgaine Novels
  15. The Gate of Ivory by Doris Egan
  16. Randall Garrett’s Lard Darcy books
  17. Jack Vance’s Dying Earth series
  18. Barbara Hambly’s Windrose series
  19. Mordant’s Need by Stephen Donaldson
  20. Marion Harmon’s Wearing the Cape
  21. Zelazny’s Lord of Light 
  22. Keith Laumer’s World Shuffler
  23. Watt-Evan’s Worlds of Shadow
  24. David Brin’s Practice Effect
  25. Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur Court
  26. Gene Wolfe’s Book of the new Sun
  27. Daryl Gregory’s Pandemonium
  28. Larry Correia’s Grimnoir Chronicles
  29. Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn
  30. Ursula K Le Guin’s Lathe of Heaven
  31. Steven Hall’s The Raw Shark Texts
  32. Ian Tregellis’  the Milkweed Triptych
  33. Poul Anderson’s The High Crusade
  34. Poul Anderson’s Three Hearts and Three Lions
  35. John Ringo’s Council Wars series (There will be Dragons is free at Amazon)
  36. David Weber’s Heirs of Empire
  37. Harry Turtledove’s The Case of the Toxic Spell-Dump 

Not really on the list, but the reason that this list, and the post at Mad Genius happened, was a question about my book, Vulcan’s Kittens. While I’d started writing it as fantasy, it morphed into science fiction, something that is even more obvious in the second book, God’s Wolfling. Not fantasy, but not science fiction either. Crossover, and hard to quantify.

3 thoughts on “The Starter List of Science Fantasy

  1. Piers Anthony’s Adept series features two linked worlds, Proton and Phaze, one of which is magic and the other science. The worlds are parallel and affect each other in multiple ways.

  2. I would have to confess that I just read a post (from Mad Genius Club, I think) summarizing a panel addressing the question “Is Hard SF Still Relevant?”. I just wanted to point out that Larry Correia’s Grimnoir trilogy, although clearly Science Fantasy, is also borderline Hard SF: the protagonist, in particular, makes effective use of gravity in his magic…

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