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.
When the Princess Danis reaches a marriageable age, the king proposes a
contest by which whomever recovers the Trollheight Goat, who gives wine
instead of milk, will win her hand, and farmboy Holt is hired to lead a
band of treacherous suitors.
Douglas Niles (born 1954) is a fantasy author and game designer. Niles was one of the creators of the Dragonlance world and the author of the first three Forgotten Realms novels, and the Top Secret S/I espionage role-playing game.