Some characteristics of literary science fiction include a future or alternative historical setting and a level of scientific, technological or social plausibility. Other common features include characters such as aliens... More »

As with most works of fiction, "There Will Come Soft Rains," a short story by science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, cannot be said to contain a single theme. However, among the themes present in the story are the threat o... More »

The books written by Nicholas Sparks are considered to be in the genre of romance fiction. However, the author considers his work to be love stories. More »

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Jan Karon's Mitford series is considered a part of the fiction/Christian fiction genre. Karon's website describes the novels as a comedic and mysterious story about a beautiful, pure and lovable town with equally lovable... More »

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Gothic fiction and literature developed as a genre in the middle of the 18th century. Most historians consider the first example of Gothic fiction to be Horace Walpole's novel "The Castle of Otranto," which was published... More »

Examples of some of the best science fiction books of all time include "The Fountain Trilogy" by Isaac Asimov and "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams. These books are at the top of National Public Rad... More »

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The defining characteristics of a fairy tale include a typical beginning and ending, magical elements, good and evil characters, enchanted setting, occurrences in groups of three or seven, fantastical creatures and an ex... More »