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Science fiction is generally anchored in science and technology, or ‘the alternate’—using the term loosely to represent soft science fiction where science or technology is not central to the plot or story. Soft science fiction is more concerned with people and relationships than science, and may bear philosophical, alternate history or social science themes. Subgenres of science fiction include gothic, cyberpunk, utopia, dystopia, alternate history and steampunk, where publishers of the genre or subgenre generally come along with their own definitions.
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