I'm interested in books that are nominally fantasy, but steal scifi tropes, and vice versa. Suggestions?
io9 has a list of works that pretend to be fantasy
, but are "really" science fiction. They tend to be ones that pull a switcheroo ("Hey, you thought it was magic, but it was technology!"). I'm more interested in works which don't "switch" genres so much as borrow tropes heavily.
- Dune. It's science fiction, but feels like fantasy.
- China Mieville's Embassytown. Science fiction, but again it feels like fantasy- hyperspace is seriously creepy.
- Solaris, maybe. (the original movie, at least. Not read the book yet)
- Diane Duane's Young Wizards series. It's fantasy, but full of science fiction. The big baddie is literally the embodiment of entropy
. They travel in space, but have to remember to bring air and heat along. Magic accomplished with an Apple II. Silicon-based life forms.
- Diana Wynne Jones' Dark Lord of Derkholm. It's fantasy, but with gene spliced griffins, pocket universes, alternate dimensions and evil megacorps.
What more can you think of in this vein?