Mixing Sci Fi and Fantasy

Sci Fi Elf

Some of my favorite sci fi authors often throw in a dash of Fantasy.

Look at Anne McCaffrey’s Pern books, which included dragons (albeit genetically created ones).

Or many of Sheri Tepper’s books, that create a Fantasy-like setting in a post-apocalyptic world.

I even wrote an “elf in the future” story that I hope to get published one of these days. When it’s done right, I LOVE mixing these two genres.

But it’s not always done right.

So what do you think? Do elves, dwarves and wizards have a place in Sci Fi? Or do you prefer your science fiction neat, not diluted with outside genre influences?

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