The Wall Street Journal recently reported on slipstream fiction, calling it “genre-crossing” and a “cocktail of the familiar and unexpected”. I can think of a bunch of my favourite books and authors who might fit into this category, like China Mieville’s The City & The City, which is set in a world where two cities exist geographically side by side, neither of which acknowledges the other and the people do not cross to the other side; or Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, in which there is another world underneath London, filled with all sorts of scary and scarily beautiful things.
What I love about the idea of slipstream fiction, is that it’s often set in a place that looks a lot like our world, but change one important element–make it something fantastical–and you end up with a whole new ball game. That means endless possibilities. Until I read about slipstream fiction, there were a couple of my books that I didn’t think could fit into any one genre. It’s nice to think they might have a home with slipstream fiction.