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Fri Jan 14, 2022, 04:27 PM

The sci-fi genre offering radical hope for living better

Alexandra Rowland didn't mean to spark a new artistic genre. In 2017, however, the fantasy author had a moment of inspiration. She had been contemplating the rise of grimdark the subgenre of fantasy fiction typified by George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire (the inspiration for the TV series Game of Thrones) which emphasises the flaws in human nature, and focuses on our capacity for cruelty.

But what could describe literature that instead focuses on our capacity for good? "The opposite of grimdark is hopepunk. Pass it on," she wrote in a short post on Tumblr. The post soon went viral and by 2019 the term had entered the Collins English Dictionary, defined as "a literary and artistic movement that celebrates the pursuit of positive aims in the face of adversity".

Various works of fiction including the Lord of the Rings and Terry Pratchett's Discworld series have now been labelled as examples of hopepunk, along with a slew of contemporary writers.

"Cautionary tales are very important," says Becky Chambers, one of the leading authors associated with the hopepunk movement, who has won a much-coveted Hugo Award for her sci-fi Wayfarer series. "But if that is all that you have, you risk nihilism."

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220113-the-sci-fi-genre-offering-radical-hope-for-living-better
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A body can only take so much dystopia........

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Fri Jan 14, 2022, 05:02 PM

1. Nice to focus

on what we could be.

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Sat Jan 15, 2022, 06:19 PM

2. A lot of fantasy in the article is listed as Sci Fi

I really think fantasy is so full of emotions and magic and very little science. I really find it kind of boring.

Get me back to the science I really love. I don't care if it is happy or sad. I just want it to be speculative science not magic and made up worlds without any scientific rationale.

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Response to Farmer-Rick (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 15, 2022, 06:37 PM

3. Opinions

The genre is usually listed in most places as "SFF". You pays your money, you takes your choice.

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