Sci-fi Horror

What is Sci-fi Horror?

Horror that is peppered with Science Fiction elements. This subgenre blends the two larger genres. Elements such as aliens, robots, and space travel are prominent in Sci-fi horror. This subgenre makes even technology creepy by vilifying it. What if more than the NSA was tapping cell phones? What if savvy tech terrorists hacked your phone to screw with your brain waves? Robots in every form are quickly becoming a commercial reality. When robots with artificial intelligence equal to human consciousness are programmed, when will they turn against us? Hell what if Space Pirates were a thing? What if you are in space or an extra-solar planet and need to survive against something not human?

One sub-genre of Science Fiction that intersects directly with horror is the Space-Horror which taps into the horror of forced confinement, psychological terror of long space travel, and survival against non-human entities. This is particularly popular premise for media such as video games (Dead Space) and films (Aliens)

Sci-fi horror plays on realistic fears as well as far out and mystical ideas.


Characteristics of Sci-fi Horror

Level of Characterization

Level of Plot Complexity

Level of Supernatural
Low. Tends to focus more on extra-terrestrial and technological elements.

Level of Scary

Level of Violence 
Moderate. The violence isn't graphic or the main focus.

Typical Setting
In a future time-line that is similar to the present but with more advanced technology. Or somewhere in space.

Related Fantasy Sub-Genres

Bizarro and Mind Control.

Sci-fi Horror Isn’t For You If You Dislike

Stories involving aliens, technology, space travel, etc.


    1. I, Robot, Isaac Asimov. Robots gone mad, mind-reading robots, robots with a sense of humor, robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world.

    2. A Scanner Darkly, Philip K. Dick. Substance D, a toxic drug, finds its way to the streets of LA. An undercover NARC is desperate to find the source of the drug but soon becomes as addicted as the junkies.

    3. 2001, A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke. Aliens influence the primitive human ancestors. Written alongside the film by Stanley Kubrick.

    4. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley. In laboratories worldwide, genetic science has brought the human race to perfection.                         
    5. The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells. Giant cylinders crash to Earth, unleashing creatures that attack England with heat-rays and fighting machines.

    6. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams. Seconds before the Earth is destroyed, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect.

    7. Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton. A theme-park with cloned dinosaurs is set to open until everything goes wrong.

    8. 1984, George Orwell. A chilling prophecy about the future.

    9. Enders Game, Orson Scott Card. Government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers in order to defend against a hostile alien race's next attack.

    10. Dune, Frank Herbert. Paul Atreides and his family accept control of the planet Arrakis, the only source of the most important and valuable substance in the universe.    

    11. Blindsight, Peter Watts.

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