Current Trends in SF/F/H

At my most recent Writing Popular Fiction residency, I took a class about current trends in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. We were lucky enough to have award-winning thriller writer Jonathan Maberry visit us to discuss his view on these topics, and the class turned into a fun exercise in analyzing the changing interests of readers.

While, of course, marketing trends are constantly in flux and subject to change at any moment (like, as soon as I hit Publish on this blog 😉 ), I think it’s fascinating to take a look at what is “cool” right now in fiction.

Here are some of the main points I wrote down from my notes. Readers and writers, would you agree? Is anything mislabeled? Missing altogether? What do you like to read in these genres?

What’s Hot

  • Zombies
  • Bio
  • …punk (steam, bio, diesel, etc.)
  • Dystopian
  • Vampires
  • Werecreatures
  • Urban Fantasy
  • YA SF/F/H

What’s Not

  • Classic science fiction
  • Epic fantasies
  • Sword and Sorcery (this led to debate)

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