Flow chart of speculative fiction

This is a rather beautiful map of book recommendations in the fantasy and scifi fields, based on personal preferences.

It’s such a good idea I plan to make one just for steampunk – make your recommendations now or forever hold your peace 🙂

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14 thoughts on “Flow chart of speculative fiction

  1. I’ma go with Jeff VanderMeer’s Ambergris stuff – it falls under the wide definition of steampunk, although it’s probably better described as fungusnoir.

    1. Joe: He’s best known for the steampunk Bible, so he certainly deserves to be represented. Which title would you say is his first in the Ambergris stuff?

  2. (Also, I note that by following that chart, it’s poissible to end up at A Canticle For Leibowitz without knowing what you’re getting into. You really ought to put some kind of warning on this entry that that can happen.)

    1. Joe: What’s A Canticle for Leibowitz?

      I’m obsessed with protecting readers from traumatic triggers in fiction, so it’ll be clear on my chart if it’s kids, YA, adult – and dark or light.

      1. It’s adult, and it’s not triggery so much as bleak – like, it’s one of those books about how we’re all going to die in nuclear fire. It’s one of the most depressing things I’ve ever read. As far as the VanderMeer stuff goes, my understanding is that the series goes City of Saints & Madmen – Shriek – Finch.

    1. Stace: I know! I give it a week until it starts popping up on the major writerly blogs.

      1. Unfortunately, The Effluent Engine isn’t available from my local library. Oh well – I mostly read YA fantasy that isn’t too epic or magic-focused.

      2. jaqbuncad: Oh! It’s a short story. No wonder I didn’t find it at the library. Thank you.

      3. I just finished reading the story – it was excellent. Too bad I’ve decided not to include short stories on the steampunk map, or I’d include it.

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