Is it science fiction? Well, yes, in a way.
But it’s not really either of these. In a series of flashbacks and flash-forwards, Canadian author Emily St. John Mandel has created a novel about music and theater and Shakespeare and relationships and religion and graphic novels and technology and philosophy — and I’m not sure what else I’ve left out, for this is a weighty book in both senses of the word. It takes place in the near future, mostly in Canada, and it is indeed partly about survival — but keep in mind that “survival is insufficient,” a quotation from Star Trek: Voyager that recurs throughout the novel.
I’m not sure how much more I want to write about Station Eleven. I could write pages, but I won’t. Just go and read it yourself.