|Note: "Speculative" does not necessarily mean LSD induced surrealism.
For our next poll, I want to make sure the umbrella covers quite a bit--mostly because this is a place where fewer people do a lot of extensive reading. It's not that some of you don't read a lot of alternate history or distopian fiction, or whatever, but horror, sci-fi, and fantasy tend to get the most readers, and I think the polls would have low turn out if I did ALL of speculative fiction's sub-genres.
So this poll will be everything else. All the speculative fiction that isn't easily tossed into one of those three can go here.This is "loosely" what counts as speculative fiction. "weird fiction, supernatural fiction, superhero fiction, utopian and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, and alternate history." Just go nuts!
So I'm going to maintain my philosophy of being pretty liberal about nominations. If you've got a good idea that intersects with science fiction or fantasy that's okay, or if maybe you held back your urban fantasy suggestion from the fantasy poll because you felt like it had no place there, you can put it here. If you want to stretch the bounds of "speculative fiction" to include magical realism or surrealism, that's okay. If you feel like Spencer's The Fairy Queen isn't true fantasy, and want to put it here, that's fine. I trust your judgement.
Also, since we're dealing with sub-genres that are a little less well read, this needn't be stand alone or series. You can nominate either.
Rules: You may nominate two titles (stand alone books or series). You may "second" the nominations of as many other nominated titles as you like. I will take the titles with the MOST "seconds" to the poll. So don't forget to second the nominations of others that you like!
Also, be sure to check back periodically and see what new titles have been suggested. The horror poll had a 12-way tie and only the titles that had been "seconded" multiple times made it to the actual poll. I got this up late, so we'll probably start the poll about a week into November.
If there are ties, I will break them in the following way
- Nominations made here (rather than as a reply on other social media will be favored.
- If an author has more than two titles already on the poll, I will take the top two.
- If a title is really stretching it as far as how well it fits on this poll.
- Voices that tend to be underrepresented in such polls (like women writers or people of color)
- Any remaining ties (very unlikely) I will simply go mad with power and break by virtue of my personal opinion.
My two nominations will be Never Let Me Go by Ishiguro and Sputnik Sweetheart by Murakami.
Oh and don't forget to go vote on the BEST Stand Alone Horror novel poll if you haven't already.