Science fiction is a large and expansive genre with many sub-genres that span all kind of stories. Below is a list to help any editors on this site to create articles.

List of Sub-Genres in Science Fiction

  • Alien Invasion: The alien invasion sub-genre is when an alien species invades Earth. It is very common throughout science fiction. Example(s): War of the Worlds, ID4: Independence Day, and the Half-Life game series.
  • Alternative Worlds: Alternative Worlds is a sub-genre where the history of the world is slightly changed, which leads to a butterfly effect of history. Example(s): The Wolfenstein game series and the mirror universe of Star Trek.
  • Apocalyptic Fiction: The apocalyptic fiction sub-genre shows a civilization ending event. This event could be a pandemic, the global economy destabilizing, humanity running out of resources, or a large natural disaster. Example(s): 2012, ABC's The Day After, and Contagion.
  • Creature Fiction: Creature Fiction tells the story of some kind of monster or its creator. Example(s): Frankenstein, King Kong, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon.
  • Cyberpunk: Cyberpunk is a sub-genre showing the effects of information technologies on society and civilization in general. Example(s): The Matrix Trilogy, Blade Runner, and the Dues Ex game series.
  • Dystopian Fiction: Dystopian fiction show a world were civilization is corrupted, and often some form of dictator has taken power. Example(s): The Hunger Games Trilogy, 1984, and Fahrenheit 451.
  • Eco Science Fiction: Eco Sci-Fi shows a need to care for our environment. Example(s): Captain Planet and the Planeteers
  • Future History: Future History shows the future in hundreds, thousand, or even millions of years from the present, and humanity's progress in that time. Example(s): EVE Online and the 2001: A Space Oddessey series.
  • Ghost in the Machine: The Ghost in the Machine sub-genre features Artificial Intelligences, robots, and/or cybernetics. Example(s): The Portal game series, the Terminator series, and I, Robot.
  • Hard Science Fiction: Hard Science Fiction is a sub-genre where real life science is uses in place of more fantastical technologies and settings. Example(s): Europa Report, A Fall of Moondust, Gravity, and The Martian.
  • Lost Worlds: The Lost Worlds sub-genre shows uncharted parts of Earth with prehistoric creature roaming about. Example(s): Journey to the Centre of the Earth and 20,000 Leagues under the Sea.
  • Military Science Fiction: Military SF is a sub-genre which features military operations and organizations in wartime situations. Example(s): The Halo franchise, the Star Wars franchise, Starship Troopers, and Warhammer 40,000.
  • Near-Future Science Fiction: Near-future science fiction shows situations within a human lifetime, and usually includes slightly more advanced technologies than today's. Example(s): The Battlefield game series, the Tom Clancy video game universe (Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell, H.A..W.X, etc.), and titles in the Call of Duty franchise.
  • Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi: Post-apocalyptic SF show the world after the fall of civilization. Example(s): Mad Max: Fury Road, Waterworld, and Escape from New York.
  • Science Fantasy: Science fiction mixed with fantasy elements. Example(s): The Final Fantasy games, the Masters of the Universe series, and Star Trek.
  • Science Fiction Comedy: SF comedy either satires of science fiction or has a comedy plot in a science fiction story. Example(s): Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Spaceballs, and Star Wars: Detours.
  • Science Fiction Horror: Science fiction horror is when a horror story is set in a science fiction universe. Usually featuring some form of alien species being the main antagonist. Example(s): Alien (Film), The Thing (1982 Film), and The Mist.
  • Soft Science Fiction: Soft SF is science fiction that rather than focusing on the science behind technologies, soft SF focuses on the changes in society. Example(s): Planet of the Apes, The Time Machine, and The Time Traveler's Wife.
  • Space Opera: Large scale conflicts and adventures set in outer space and/or spanning across multiple worlds.
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