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Five Books That (Conspicuously) Mix Science and Fantasy

Among the defining features of speculative fiction (in addition to awesomeness) is a departure from the world we recognize as our own—the “what if” that puts the speculation in speculative fiction. These departures can be small or large, plausible or outlandish—from extrapolations on things to come that feel logical, even inevitable, like the mission to Mars in Andy Weir’s The Martian, to pure flights of whimsy, as in Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland. Between the extremes of hard science and pure fantasy, there lies an infinite spectrum of never-was and yet-to-be, reinvented realities part fancy, part prophecy.

Below, I’ve collected a few that fall somewhere along the middle of that spectrum, stories with a cocktail of science fiction and fantasy.

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