::Speculative fiction


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The term speculative fiction refers to any fiction story that includes elements, settings and characters whose features are created out of human imagination and speculation rather than based on attested reality and everyday life. Notable genres of speculative fiction, including science fiction, fantasy and horror, typically feature fictional beings, such as mythical creatures and supernatural entities, and technologies that do not exist in real life, like time machines and interstellar spaceships.

The popularity of the term is sometimes attributed to Robert Heinlein, who referenced it in 1947 in an editorial essay, although there are prior mentions of speculative fiction, or its variant "speculative literature".

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