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.
Lyman Frank Baum (1856–1919) was an American author, actor, and independent filmmaker. He is best known as the creator of one of the most popular books in American children's literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (The Wizard of Oz). He wrote thirteen sequels and several other novels.