Knife of Truth Series vs. Sci-Fi Genres Definitions
How does The Knife of Truth sci-fi book series stand up to sci-fi genres definitions? Encyclopedia definitions aid in understanding Post Apocalyptic, steampunk, speculative sci-fi, soft science fiction.
The Knife of Truth series is definitely post apocalyptic because it take place in the remnants of middle America thousands of years after Armageddon.
Post Apocalyptic Genre
According to Answers.com science fiction encyclopedia, following a large-scale disaster in which civilization has been destroyed or has regressed to a more primitive level; (of a story) having such a setting.
… post-apocalyptic can deal with anything from the near aftermath (as in Cormac McCarthy‘s The Road) to 375 years in the future (as in By The Waters of Babylon) to hundreds or thousands of years in the future, as in Russell Hoban‘s novel Riddley Walker.”
Knife of Truth series falls under steampunk genre because the Merkans still haphazardly maintain steam powered locomotion as transportation for their dignitaries. Inventions from our future like the knife of truth– an ultimate tool of justice and the magic ball– a combination cell phone and transporter device exist in a medieval Danian society who are at odds with a society based on the American Indians in the 19th century.
According to Answers.com computer encyclopedia The retro version of “cyberpunk” (a futuristic, online delinquent). Coined by science fiction author K.W. Jeter, steampunk novels combine high-tech fantasy with Victorian era surroundings. In addition, people like to use the steampunk theme with modern electronics, making them look like they were built in the 19th century. See cyberpunk.
According to Wiki Encyclopedia:
“Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. Steampunk involves a setting where steam power is still widely used—usually Victorian era Britain—that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology may include such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne.”
Interestingly, the term speculative fiction dates back to the ancient Greece as many of the characters and places depicted in the Knife of Truth stem from Greek names. This is because as we journeyed across the Midwestern United States we drove past many towns with Greek and Latin names.
The social context of the characters are historically true in the Knife of Truth series. Back from the days when tellers of tales recounted the daily news and the Order of the Story Tellers memorized ancient works word for word and kept historical records by word is told anew in the Knife of Truth epic.
According to Wiki Encyclopedia: “Following its coining, speculative fiction as a category sweeps from ancient works to both cutting edge, paradigm-changing and neotraditional new works of the 21st century which cite their stories and images from ancient to future times. Speculative fiction can be recognized in works whose authors‘ intentions or the social contexts of the versions of stories they portrayed is now known, since ancient Greek dramatists such as Euripides (ca. 480–406 BCE)… …In historiography, what is now called speculative fiction has previously been termed “historical invention”, “historical fiction,” and similar names and is extensively noted in literary criticism of the works of William Shakespeare as when he co-locates Athenian Duke Theseus and Amazonian Queen Hippolyta, English fairy Puck, and Roman god Cupid across time and space in the Fairyland of its Merovingian Germanic sovereign Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; in mythography it has been termed “mythopoesis” or mythopoeia, “fictional speculation,” the creative design and generation of lore, regarding such works as J.R.R. Tolkien‘s The Lord of the Rings. Such supernatural, alternate history and sexuality themes continue in works produced within the modern speculative fiction genre.“
Knife of Truth is a character based tale, where Lord Betren, Son of Browmwell, of the House of Bartran, and Defender of Delmarath’s chief concern is his city’s economy, and uses psychology taught to by the wizard from the capital to keep on top of his nemesis..
The prairie-men who live in Kans are all about emotion. So the Knife of Truth can also be classified as soft sci-fi.
Soft and social SF GenreAccording to the Main article: Soft science fiction at Wiki encyclopedia:
The description “soft” science fiction may describe works based on social sciences such as psychology, economics, political science, sociology, and anthropology. Noteworthy writers in this category include Ursula K. Le Guin and Philip K. Dick. The term can describe stories focused primarily on character and emotion; SFWA Grand Master Ray Bradbury is an acknowledged master of this art. The Soviet Union produced a quantity of social science fiction, including works by the Strugatsky brothers, Kir Bulychov, Yevgeny Zamyatin and Ivan Yefremov. Some writers blur the boundary between hard and soft science fiction.[Wiki Encyclopedia]
In Knife of Truth Series vs. Sci-Fi Genres Definitions the series comes out the winner.