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.
Brian Stableford has began a sequence of epic novels which will raise him to the top of the genre. Serpent's Blood introduces the reader to a new world which fascinates and horrifies at the same time - colourful, magical and very, very deadly.
Brian Michael Stableford (born 1948) is a British science fiction and non-fiction author. His earlier books were published as by Brian M. Stableford, but more recent ones have appeared under the name Brian Stableford.