Slipstream

literary genre

Slipstream is a kind of fantastic or non-realistic fiction that crosses conventional genre boundaries between science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction. The term was coined by Richard Dorsett according to an interview with renowned cyberpunk author Bruce Sterling in Mythaxis Review. He said: "It was invented by my friend the late Richard Dorsett while the two of us were discussing a category of non-genre fantasy books that we had no name for. 'They're certainly not mainstream,' I said, and 'Why not slipstream?' he suggested, and I thought it was a pretty good coinage." Bruce Sterling described it in an article originally published in SF Eye #5, in July 1989, as: "... this is a kind of writing which simply makes you feel very strange; the way that living in the twentieth century makes you feel, if you are a person of a certain sensibility."
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