Scifi Sunday – Soft Science Fiction

There are many sub-genres of Science Fiction. Last time I talked about Hard Science Fiction and this time around, I want to discuss Soft Science Fiction.

Soft scifi is often considered stories that revolved around the characters and their lives; the social aspects instead of the technology. While the technology is important, it’s more of a backdrop for the story.  As with most character driven novels, they rely heavily on the reader’s connection to the characters, instead of how plausible the technology might be.

This genre came into being in the late 60’s and early 70’s, but there are no real set boundaries between the ‘hard’ and ‘soft’. In the early science fiction movies that I grew up with, many of them focused on the science for the plot, with the characters there to explain and fight, but over the years, character interaction became more of a focus than the actual science, but that could be changing. For instance, the Star Trek franchise is a mixture of both, with the technology sometimes playing a larger role than the story of the characters.

Personally, I prefer the softer side to both read and write, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like to create new technology to help my characters achieve their goals.

What about you? How do you like your scifi? Soft or hard?

About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms of Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal is to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing, she spends her time collecting crystals, knitting, gardening, cooking and listening to very loud music.

4 Responses to Scifi Sunday – Soft Science Fiction

  1. I prefer soft SF mostly because I’m more interested in the characters. But I still like my science solid. I hate it when authors slap together the science to fit their novel. The science can and should be at least theoretically possible so that it doesn’t throw me out of the story.

  2. kmcambion says:

    I prefer soft SciFi over hard. I’m here for the story, not to read a tech manual on how your phaser works.

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