Speculative fiction is usually defined as science fiction, fantasy and horror plus some odds and ends. scifi and fantasy are on-topic for this site, but horror is not. So would that odds and ends present in speculative fiction be on-topic here?

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Earlier¹, I proposed to define the topic of this site as speculative fiction, with the ISFDB definition as a starting point. So that includes alternate history and, yes, horror. If “what if?” is a key element of the work, it's on-topic.

Hmm, we should work the words “speculative fiction” into the FAQ. We don't use it as the name of the site because the term is relatively little-known.

¹ Context note: when this site started, it was for science fiction only. This meta question was one of the steps on the road to broadening the topic.

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    I agree. All these topics should be on topic.
    – DampeS8N
    Commented May 12, 2011 at 19:52
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    Let it be known to all! The Triumvirate of Moderators officially agrees. Send forth the runners! Commented May 12, 2011 at 20:31

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