Discovering New Worlds with B.K. Bass

Welcome to Discovering New Worlds with B.K. Bass.  In this column, I will be endeavoring to introduce you to new sub-genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.  More than just describing what each of these genres has to offer, I will also try my own hand at writing a piece of short fiction to accompany each article!
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Social Science Fiction examines sociological, anthropological, and psychological issues as its main focus. The term was coined by Isaac Asimov to define his own work in the 1940’s. At the time, science fiction had consisted mostly of the ‘spaceships and ray guns‘ styles; such as what is often found in planetary romance tales. During the 1940’s, there was a movement spearheaded by the likes of Asimov and Robert A Heinlein to use science fiction as a way to examine our own sociological issues from new perspectives. READ IT HERE!
Planetary Romance is a story set in an exotic location – usually an alien planet reached via space travel – where the planet has its own well developed ecology and culture(s) which play a central role in how the story develops. In addition, the story will include elements of Chivalric Romance (such as the hero saving the damsel in distress or serving a noble lord.) The tone of these stories very much mimics the old 19th century romantic tales such as those told of King Arthur and his knights, even if the knight in question walks around with a laser pistol. In Marooned, a scientist on an exporatory mission is cast-away on an unknown alien planet.  READ IT HERE!

Magepunk — also sometimes called Dungeonpunk, Arcanepunk, or Magicpunk — is defined by a setting where technology and magic coexist and are readily available.  Often, the technology is post-industrial, modern, or futuristic in nature, but its operation is often dependent on magic as a catalyst.

In ‘Crimson Storm’, a magically powered pirate ship hunts down a merchant galleon fat with booty!  READ IT HERE!

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