Hopefully this is the right forum, apologies if not. Initially I would have thought my novel science fiction, since it involves an evolved form of a fungal infection. This could potentially happen, it's plausible, but it's not real. As I understand it this is basically the dictionary definition of sci-fi. However, when contacting a couple of agencies to inquire whether they would accept my novel since it wasn't too "science fictiony", they wanted to know whether it was in space or in the future. With novels, is sci-fi quite exclusive to futuristic or alien based work? If so, I suppose my novel could be considered a thriller? Here's the psynopsis: A team of conservationists from the UK travel to south america to map out and investigate a new rainforest that's been discovered. While there they deal with a human variant of a mind controlling fungal infection. Any help is much appreciated.