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.
Two parallel stories present a young prehistoric female who is
instrumental in advancing her people and a modern-day girl who joins
her father, a paleontologist, in discovering important fossil remains
Peter Malcolm de Brissac Dickinson OBE
(born 1927) is an English author and poet who has written a
wide variety of books, notably children's books and detective stories,
over a long and distinguished career.