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SPECULATIVE FICTION, OR, "WHO MOVED MY CTHULHU?"

If you're an avid reader of the fantasy or horror genres, you might have wondered (or worried) when your favorite authors mysteriously disappeared from the library's Adult Fiction shelves last month.  Your apprehension likely increased when the science fiction corner upstairs vanished.  If you've visited our library recently, you may have gotten a look at where these books have moved.  If not, let me be the first to welcome you to our new area!

Science fiction, fantasy, and horror have long delighted in exploring the boundaries of the imagination, the edges of what might be possible "if only...."  Lately, authors from these fields have been exploring the boundaries of their craft as well, skipping between or even blending genres in their work.  In response to the growing trend, the library has created a new area we're calling Speculative Fiction.  You'll find it at the far end of the lower level, past the 700's (where YA books used to be).

The new area is roomier, with space for the collection to grow.  Best of all, we have comfortable chairs!  To please more selective and omnivorous readers alike, we'll continue to use genre labels, but all adult science fiction, fantasy, and horror will be shelved as a single collection downstairs.  Over the next month, we'll be adding new artwork and lighting to enhance the space's atmosphere.  In the meantime, I invite you to explore!  If there's something you'd particularly like to see there, please leave a comment below.  If you'd like to know a little more about the term "Speculative Fiction," check out D.D. Shade's excellent introduction at Lost Books, or J. Golden's Speculative Fiction lens on Squidoo.

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