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There are many speculative fiction pieces that are labeled "dystopian" and some "utopian". Is there a specific word for the reasoned middle ground?

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How about "real world"? –  kiamlaluno Jul 9 '11 at 15:21
There's an interesting discussion of the continuum here: tor.com/blogs/2011/04/the-dystopia-utopia-dichotomy –  Optimal Cynic Jul 9 '11 at 15:42
How about "ambiguous"? –  Peter Shor Jul 9 '11 at 18:55
My favorite phase of doom: the downward spiral! I finally get to let my inner cynic play! –  shinyspoongod Jun 19 '12 at 9:01
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I think you are setting up a false dichotomy, or at least a false middle-ground between them. There are many sub-genres of speculative fiction other than utopian and dystopian: time travel, alternate history, cyberpunk (which may be a sub-genre of dystopian itself), military, apocalyptic — those are all I can think of at the moment, but I'm sure there are more.

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The word you're looking for is neutropia.

Neutropia is a form of speculative fiction that does not neatly fit into categories of utopia or dystopia. Neutropia often involves a state that is both good and bad or neither.

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If this is true, it would be interestng if you could cite some concrete examples of neutropia being used to describe existing works of speculative fiction. Other than that, I like the word. +1 –  Jim Jun 15 '13 at 15:44
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Realistic or normal, perhaps?

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