How could a sense of realism be preserved in genres like science fiction and fantasy? Of course a science fiction reader might believe that the technology or worlds they read about could happen in principle. With fantasy it is more special because it could exist right now. Both seem to require the reader to make these assumptions in order to maintain a sense of reality – with the exception of those who like the absurd, I think a tolerable reality is necessary for most readers.

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Brad Pauquette Selected answer as best May 1, 2024