Fantasy vs Science Fiction: A Poll

Which do you prefer?


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Anthoney

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Currently I prefer to read fantasy and watch sci-fi. When I was a teen my reading weighed more towards sci-fi but D&D changed that before the end of high school. I guess I'm at a 65/35 split.
 

Happy Joe

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I switch between the two; I like both well written fantasy and well written (hard to find) SF.
currently I'm reading Fantasy but after a couple of weeks of elves, swords and spells I will probably change back to actual hard SF; possibly space opera or military SF for a bit.
 

EdLincoln

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I used to love sci fi, but lately there is just so much more fantasy I consider readable. I used to love sci fi that dealt with space or First Contact stories, but those seem to have become rare.
I just don't care about the cyberpunk, computer science focused stuff, or military sci fi that seems to predominate now.
 

EdLincoln

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elves, orcs, and that sort of deal.
A lot of Fantasy used to use the Tolkien/D&D template, but that's become rare. Urban Fantasy seems o have taken over. A lot of that is just as derivative, but it's a different template.

Sci Fi can have an enormous scope, but not many writers seem to be taking advantage of it.

If you want Fantasy with a different kind of charterer, how about "The Cloud Roads" by Martha Wells.
 

Lafayette

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One of the things that inspired me to write my book was the lack of Tolkien and Donaldson type fantasies. I just love elves, orcs, giants, good and evil wizards, dragons, fair maidens and noble heroes.

Most of what I read seemed to be cookie-cutter fantasies like Raymond Feist. It seemed like he just threw in things just to be different. However, I'm not into vampires and zombies. There are however exceptions: Brandon Sanderson and Kevin Hearne.
 
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Cathbad

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One of the things that inspired me to write my book was the lack of Tolkien and Donaldson type fantasies. I just love elves, orcs, giants, good and evil wizards, dragons, fair maidens and noble heroes.
Oh, man! Totally agree! It seemed like, suddenly, these things were anathema!
 

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