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by Taylor
(USA)

Question: My story has to do with a girl who is sent to the future to participate in an intense survival game. The players are all equipped with weapons and protection, but you are allowed to kill anyone at anytime.


There is some futuristic tech like a device that stops everyone in the environment from being under stress. This was used fairly early in the book to ensure the safety of TJ (main character).

But what would you call it? Sci-Fi? Fantasy? Straight out Fiction? This may be a dumb question, but this IS my first book, and I want it to be a good one.

Answer: It seems fairly clear that your story is science fiction, for the following reasons...

1. It envisions a potential future.
2. This future includes some technological progress, but not magic or any type of supernatural element. (Time travel may be a little fanciful, but it has been a staple of SF since H.G. Wells.)

The scenario seems to be designed as a vehicle to explore human relationships in a highly stressful situation. For this reason, I would call it Soft Science Fiction. Soft SF emphasizes developments in society and human nature -- the soft or social sciences (psychology, sociology, political science, anthropology, etc.). Your story sounds like a social thought experiment, much like The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner or Divergent.

Hard SF, on the other hand is more concerned with how advancements in science and technology will affect the future.

Of course, all science fiction involves some hard and soft elements. It's just a matter of emphasis.

Best of luck.

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