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Science-Fiction & Fantasy site

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I'd love to see a Science Fiction (& Fantasy?) site. I contributed to one on another site and it was very successful.

On topic: films, books, comics and even video games if the question is about the plot (so no "how to complete a quest").

Since this is a proposal, I welcome your feedback, whether you think this will work or reasons why it won't.

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I would suggest broadening to scope to any literature. Some benefits:

  • The same kind of people who are interested in science fiction and fantasy are likely to be readers of other books as well
  • A broader scope is more in line with other Codidact sites (Languages & Linguistics and Software Development are broader than their equivalents on Stack Exchange)
  • If anyone eventually does propose a separate literature site, it would have to have unnecessary overlap with this one, or have a very odd scope (realistic fiction and non-fiction?)
  • It doesn't exclude possible contributors who are less interested in science fiction and fantasy (I may be reflecting my own biases; I'm more interested in other genres of literature)

I can see arguments for a site with more limited scope, like Books, Prose, Narrative, but it seems more logical to be as inclusive as possible with a Literature site, since it isn't clear exactly which exactly match the interests and expertise of the potential contributor base.

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manassehkatz‭ wrote about 2 years ago

Science Fiction & Fantasy have a lot in common and in some ways are indeed different from other genres. But they do overlap with many other types of fiction to varying degrees. I suggest not literature but fiction. There are a lot of issue for fiction (whether Science Fiction & Fantasy or other types) that simply do not apply to non-fiction, and vice versa.

Monica Cellio‭ wrote about 2 years ago

When I hear literature I think of written material specifically (books etc), while I think the proposal here means to include movies, TV, etc.

Lundin‭ wrote about 2 years ago

Effectively, the SE Sci-fi/fantasy site has made any manner of fiction on-topic, as long as there is some "fantastic" element present.

user8078‭ wrote about 2 years ago

@MonicaCellio I didn't mean to exclude them: "I can see arguments for a site with more limited scope, like Books, Prose, Narrative, but it seems more logical to be as inclusive as possible with a Literature site." It does bring up the question of where to draw the line, though

Wikis‭ wrote about 2 years ago · edited about 2 years ago

It sounds like you're proposing a site we could call, "Stories". This would cover any fictional genre and include movies but exclude documentaries. We could use [tag:sci-fi] and [tag:fantasy]. I could live with that.

user8078‭ wrote about 2 years ago

@Wikis That seems right if by "you" you mean @manassehkatz. I had proposed a broader scope, though I would also prefer Stories (or Narrative/Fiction) to science fiction alone

Peter Cooper Jr.‭ wrote about 2 years ago

Maybe something like "Published Fiction"? I'm assuming you don't want to include stories I'm coming up with myself (which would be more likely to go on Writing or Speculative Science), and while I don't want to nitpick what counts as "published" I think including some terms along those lines gets across the intent better.

Wikis‭ wrote about 2 years ago

@PeterCooperJr - perhaps we should include stories you're coming up with yourself since the definition of "publishing" is becoming more grey with self-publishing and blogs?

Peter Cooper Jr.‭ wrote about 2 years ago

@Wikis Well, I partly just didn't want to overlap with Writing and Speculative Science, and I think the intent would mainly asking questions about other peoples' work rather than on how to create works of ones own. Maybe that idea doesn't need to be in the name, though, just in how the community ends up working.