Speculative fiction is a broad umbrella category of narrative fiction referring to any fiction story that includes elements, settings and characters whose features are created out of imagination and speculation rather than based on attested reality and everyday life. That encompasses the genres of science fiction, fantasy, science fantasy, horror, alternative history, and magic realism.
Frank Richard Stockton (1834–1902) was an
American writer and humorist, best known today for a series of
innovative children's fairy tales that were widely popular during the
last decades of the 19th century.