I heard the greatest description the other day, as to how to tell these two genres apart.
The difference between a Fantasy story and a Science Fiction story is if you removed the science part the story in Science Fiction the story would cease to exist. (Think Frankenstein.)
Some people even consider Space Opera’s to be Fantasy because you could replace the space ships for horses and the laser guns for swords and still have the same story. It’s an interesting thought isn’t it?
I have recently put my story “Gift of Talismans” into the Fantasy genre (with a Science Fiction twist). I did this because all the things in my story that are Science Fiction in nature could be replaced with something else and the story would still be essentially the same. I hope I did the right thing.
I’m just waiting to hear back from readers on that story. After editing this weekend, the story ended up at 15,671 words. Not bad if you ask me.
The rest of this week will be low on word count. Lunches, and parties, and shopping, oh my. I’ll be lucky if I get any new words down. On the plus side, after this weekend I have a full week off for the Holiday break. Any bets on what my word count will be then?
9 shopping days left. Who’s still on your list?