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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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.
In science fiction the genre utopian is a prognostication of our world in the future. The author can have an optimistic view as in Looking backward, 1887, by Edward Bellamy, USA. But such optimistic utopias are rare. Most utopias are negative as George Orwell's 1984. For these the term dystopia has come up. What would be a utopia that is neither positive nor negative? It would be a description of our world as it is today, but that is not a purpose of the genre science fiction. It would be a realistic or satirical novel, in any case, it would be a different genre.