AE being more like fantasy than SF isnt a criticism really.
Of course its fantasy like Dune is one of the most famous Science Fantasy stories there is.
Stay away from those stories like i stay away from Space Opera
But Con i'm not criticizing it because its fantasy like,but only because I didn't like the style of writing.
After all Emphyrio is very fantasy like but I find it enjoyable. Tho I wish it would get a move on!