You well may ask, “”What is the genre of The Grass is Always Browner?” It can’t just be explained as speculative fiction and bookshops will not define it as exactly that. What shelf should it be placed on – science fiction, fantasy, thriller, mainstream?
The speculative fiction embraces science fiction because the premise has not happened but it could (speculatively of course). The Grass is Always Browner includes themes of space travel and other worlds, time travel, invasions or extraterrestrial visitors, catastrophe and future crisis (Utopian and dystopian prediction).
In comparison a fantasy is something imagined that could never happen (scientifically). Fantasy is a section of speculative fiction but obviously not what The Grass is Always Browner should be classified as. Though the novel explores themes that may scare some about our possible future it would not come under the horror or thriller genres.
So instead this speculative fiction is based on sound scientific theories and has hypotheses that can be tested. It explains past data and makes useful and sound predictions. The author’s research has included extrapolation or projection of population trends, predictions from the synthesis of many ideas including famines and religious schism. It’s a thoroughly well-researched and written novel that leaves readers thinking long after the last page has been read.
There has been much futuristic literature over the years including The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood (2009), Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (1991), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (1978), Dune by Frank Herbert (1962), Island by Aldous Huxley (1962) and the list goes on including movies George Lucas’ Star Wars (1977), Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and James Cameron’s brilliant Avatar (2009).