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.
The demon-haunted cardsmith's apprentice Byron struggles with his
limited skills and the attacks of his enemies, and when he comes into
the possession of some very hot magic-bearing cards, he draws the
attention of the cardmaster Cerise.