8 – What’s in a Genre?

The Mythcreant Podcast

Oren, Mike and Chris philosophize on the origins and meaning of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and other speculative fiction genres. They discuss stories that cross genres, and sow confusion about the definition of “punk” and “orthogonal.”

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton

Show Notes:

Speculative Fiction

New Wave Science Fiction


Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Travel Literature

The Hero’s Journey

Lessons, Star Trek: The Next Generation season 6

The Gonne from Terry Prachett’s Discworld

Roman Concrete

Timeline of Material Technology (The Romans actually had steel.)


Cultural Zeitgeist

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Ghost Ship Trope

Psychotronic Video

Literary vs Popular Fiction

The World According to Garp


Mary Sue Trope

The Eye of the World, Book I of The Wheel of Time

Cyberpunk, Steampunk, Dieselpunk, and Magepunk


Ghost in the Shell

Fire Nation from Avatar: The Last Airbender

Wild Wild West

Great Man theory

Example Genre Venn Diagram

Battlestar Galactica

Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

Event Horizon

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Tattoo,  Star Trek: Voyager season 2

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