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.
Katherine Alice Applegate (born 1956) is an American author. Applegate's most popular books are science fiction, fantasy, and adventure novels. She has won the Best New Children's Book Series Award in 1997 in Publishers Weekly.