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Why do you call the 80s cartoon fantasy/SciFi in specific terms?

I'm talking he-man, ThunderCats and the like. Lots of toys from cartoons and not.

Typically based around some Conan barbarian type often on another planet with man/animals and some SciFi vehicles and weapons. Often with strong fantasy elements, magic, crystals, fancy swords.

Even typically SciFi shows like Transformers had episodes that seems to fit the criteria.

I suspect Marvel comics influence (Marvel being behind some of the franchises at the time to some extent, assuming it's the same company?) Big mussels heros, cool looking villains, fantasy and SciFi elements.

80s cartoon fantasy SciFi? CFSF?

Anyone know of much in the written fiction world in this genre?

PS Does this also sound like Beastmaster? I'm only familiar with the tv show. I believe the novels had SciFi elements also (assuming there was still a Conan type with magic and creatures).

Topic starter Posted : February 3, 2021 11:22 am
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Space-faring sci-fi that's light on the science generally strikes me as space opera. (Star Wars is basically the quintessential example of space opera at this point.) I tend to think of planet-bound fantasy style stories that have hints of scientific elements (especially long lost technology that's now viewed as magic) as science fantasy. Both sub-genres have been around for quite awhile, but some 80s cartoons definitely fit the bill.

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Posted : February 4, 2021 1:53 am
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I'd have a hunt around on Amazon...

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Posted : February 8, 2021 11:54 pm
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I wonder if there is a more specific term for them. Not all of them are space faring, but have strong sci-fi elements.

Many of them, as Disgruntled pointed out, have both the sci-fi and the fantasy. Star Wars (while set a long time ago) covers this nicely. But I know others that include SF and F, too.

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Posted : June 27, 2021 7:34 pm
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I echo @disgruntledpeony's take on this as science fantasy. As a possible parallel to this, one of the realms of Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion series was the world of Hawkmoon, which--aside from using a loose parody of the British Empire underneath some of its detailing--was set in a world which both had some futuristic technology and weird science, and relied heavily on swords, arms, armor, and the like, and was a realm where magic was real and viable, both in the grand sense and in the somewhat science-as-magic sense too. That series was explicitly marked as science fantasy for the volumes that I had of it, and is probably the closest single thing I can think of to both He-Man and Thundercats in terms of the balance of sci-fi tech blended with fantasy and magical stylings.

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Posted : June 27, 2021 11:43 pm
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If you're asking how to categorize your work for marketing purposes, I think your best bet is to ask the question "what titles or authors is this work most like"? Once you have that, look on Amazon and see how the publisher of those titles/authors categorized their work. Then categorize yours accordingly. It's important, and it's not always easy if your work is genre-bending (or blending). 

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