What Am I? A question of genre

ALL ALONG IN THE CREATION of the Dolly myth, I’ve assumed the stories are fantasy. Urban, Contemporary, whatever. Like Charles de Lint’s Newford stories. Or Emma Bull’s War for the Oaks. As I’ve endured the past year with virtually no sales — I’m not whining — NOT, I’ve had a lot of time to wonder if I’ve correctly identified the genre to which the stories belong.

The fantasy elements are clear — elves, brownies, trolls, other little people, magicians at a school for magicians (that’s not an intentional major theme, but it’s there). But so are the science fictional elements — parallel universes, Heisenberg uncertainty as fate, branching probablities, the conservation of events, a school for techno-mages, cloning, artificial life, transfer of consciousness and identity between bodies, a global secret business consortium going back to the late stone age, gods and goddesses, telekinetics, teleportation, advanced science…

So, I can’t help wondering if The High T Shebang might not be more visible on the science fiction shelf than with the Tolkien, Weiss and Hickman, Brooks, and Jordan. So I’ve put the price back to $5.99 (all of my sales have come at full price and none at discounts) and genre-identified the book as science fiction. We’ll see if the readers ratify the choice.

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