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First things first, you guys really should get involved over at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Canon Project.

Now, for the nature of this post. I’m very curious to know what everyone thinks are the, shall we say, ‘pioneering’ works of the following subgenres. Meaning what works do you think actually popularized these subgenres, even if they weren’t the first of their kind?

Military Science Fiction
Space Opera
Cyber Punk (anything you guys would suggest other than Neuromancer by William Gibson)
Hard Science Fiction
Humorous SF
Soft SF (or Socio-SF)
Dystopian SF
High Fantasy (other than Tolkien)
Urban Fantasy
Dark Fantasy
Heroic Fantasy (again, other than Tolkien)
Science Fantasy (or Scifantasy)

Any help here would be great. Varying responses would be appreciated too! Maybe I’ll have to do a poll for all these. In any case, let me know what you guys think!

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About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

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