Hi there: First, many thanks for Ian Sales for some interesting exchanges via private message. One of the things we discussed was how difficult it is to break through as a sci-fi author. Not that we were denying that it's hugely difficult to break through as an author regardless of genre … But we were talking about how there appears (speaking very generally) to be much less reader demand for sci-fi than there is for fantasy. Specifically, it's been said that (again, speaking generally) fantasy outsells sci-fi 7-to-1. Obviously, this is a tricky one, partly because many novels don't easily fit any box (e.g., sci-fi, steampunk, urban fantasy, all the above?). Still, sound plausible? Personally, I (naively?) went straight into writing sci-fi because I have a fairly rational / empirical mindset -- I'm not keen on magic! Now I'm wondering, maybe my next project should be so-called 'historical fantasy' (which I love)!? I would add that the style of my sci-fi and my use of character take a great deal from fantasy. Following the likes of Joe Abercrombie and Scott Lynch, I tend to find quite of bit of humour spills out. In a sci-fi novel, will this help of hinder my chances of publication? Thanks for your thoughts. Coragem.