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BISAC Subject Headings List, Fiction
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FICTION

Use subjects in this section only for individual works of fiction or for collections of fiction.  Critical works should be assigned subjects in the LITERARY CRITICISM section (and should not be assigned any subjects in the FICTION section).

"FICTION / Anthologies (multiple authors)" and "FICTION / Short Stories (single author)" may be used with other subjects as appropriate: for example, a collection of ghost stories by several authors could be assigned "FICTION / Ghost" and "FICTION / Anthologies (multiple authors)" (it is recommended that the subject describing the genre be assigned first).  Note that several genres have a subsubheading of "Collections & Anthologies", thus lessening the need for multiple coding.

Because the FICTION section is arranged by genre, if a geographic breakdown is desired for a collection of fiction, subjects may be assigned in both the FICTION and LITERARY COLLECTIONS sections.

"FICTION / Classics" and "FICTION / Literary" should be used at the classifier's discretion to denote works generally considered to be classics or of literary value.

Use "FICTION / Media Tie-In" when a new ISBN is created and this ISBN represents one of the following:

  • a work (or works) of fiction re-issued because of a movie/television show
  •  a novelization of a movie
  • a novelization (or collection of stories) based on an episode (or episodes) of a television show
  • an original story (or collection of stories) using characters or settings from (or based on) a movie/television show

Existing ISBNs that become the basis for a movie or television show do not have to be re-coded.  It is recommended that when "FICTION / Media Tie-In" is used, another subject be assigned as well.

FIC000000    FICTION / General

FIC064000    FICTION / Absurdist

FIC002000    FICTION / Action & Adventure

                     FICTION / Adventure see Action & Adventure

FIC049000    FICTION / African American / General

FIC049010    FICTION / African American / Christian

FIC049020    FICTION / African American / Contemporary Women

FIC049030    FICTION / African American / Erotica

FIC049040    FICTION / African American / Historical

FIC049050    FICTION / African American / Mystery & Detective

FIC049070    FICTION / African American / Urban

FIC040000    FICTION / Alternative History

FIC053000    FICTION / Amish & Mennonite

FIC067000    FICTION / Animals *

FIC003000    FICTION / Anthologies (multiple authors)

FIC054000    FICTION / Asian American

FIC041000    FICTION / Biographical

FIC042000    FICTION / Christian / General

FIC042010    FICTION / Christian / Classic & Allegory

FIC042050    FICTION / Christian / Collections & Anthologies

FIC042080    FICTION / Christian / Fantasy

FIC042020    FICTION / Christian / Futuristic

FIC042030    FICTION / Christian / Historical

FIC042040    FICTION / Christian / Romance

FIC042060    FICTION / Christian / Suspense

FIC042070    FICTION / Christian / Western

FIC004000    FICTION / Classics

FIC043000    FICTION / Coming of Age

FIC044000    FICTION / Contemporary Women

FIC050000    FICTION / Crime

FIC051000    FICTION / Cultural Heritage

FIC055000    FICTION / Dystopian

FIC065000    FICTION / Epistolary

FIC005000    FICTION / Erotica / General

FIC005010    FICTION / Erotica / BDSM

FIC005020    FICTION / Erotica / Collections & Anthologies

FIC005030    FICTION / Erotica / Gay

FIC005040    FICTION / Erotica / Lesbian

FIC005050    FICTION / Erotica / Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror

FIC005060    FICTION / Erotica / Traditional Victorian

FIC010000    FICTION / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology

FIC045000    FICTION / Family Life

                     FICTION / Family Saga see Sagas

FIC009000    FICTION / Fantasy / General

FIC009100    FICTION / Fantasy / Action & Adventure *

FIC009110    FICTION / Fantasy / Arthurian *

FIC009040    FICTION / Fantasy / Collections & Anthologies

FIC009010    FICTION / Fantasy / Contemporary

FIC009070    FICTION / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy

FIC009120    FICTION / Fantasy / Dragons & Mythical Creatures *

FIC009020    FICTION / Fantasy / Epic

FIC009130    FICTION / Fantasy / Gaslamp *

FIC009030    FICTION / Fantasy / Historical

FIC009080    FICTION / Fantasy / Humorous

FIC009140    FICTION / Fantasy / Military *

FIC009050    FICTION / Fantasy / Paranormal

FIC009090    FICTION / Fantasy / Romantic

FIC009060    FICTION / Fantasy / Urban

                     FICTION / Folklore see Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology

FIC012000    FICTION / Ghost

FIC027040    FICTION / Gothic

                     FICTION / Graphic Novels see headings under COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

FIC056000    FICTION / Hispanic & Latino

FIC014000    FICTION / Historical

FIC058000    FICTION / Holidays

FIC015000    FICTION / Horror

FIC016000    FICTION / Humorous / General

FIC060000    FICTION / Humorous / Black Humor

FIC046000    FICTION / Jewish

FIC034000    FICTION / Legal

FIC068000    FICTION / LGBT / General *

FIC011000    FICTION / LGBT / Gay

FIC018000    FICTION / LGBT / Lesbian

FIC019000    FICTION / Literary

FIC061000    FICTION / Magical Realism

FIC057000    FICTION / Mashups

FIC021000    FICTION / Media Tie-In

FIC035000    FICTION / Medical

                     FICTION / Metaphysical see Visionary & Metaphysical

FIC022000    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General

FIC022100    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth

FIC022050    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Collections & Anthologies

FIC022070    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Cozy

FIC022010    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Hard-Boiled

FIC022060    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical

FIC022080    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime

FIC022020    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural

FIC022090    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators

FIC022030    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Traditional

FIC022040    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths

                     FICTION / Mythology see Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology

FIC059000    FICTION / Native American & Aboriginal

FIC062000    FICTION / Noir

FIC024000    FICTION / Occult & Supernatural

FIC037000    FICTION / Political

FIC025000    FICTION / Psychological

FIC026000    FICTION / Religious

FIC027000    FICTION / Romance / General

FIC027260    FICTION / Romance / Action & Adventure

FIC049060    FICTION / Romance / African American

FIC027270    FICTION / Romance / Clean & Wholesome

FIC027080    FICTION / Romance / Collections & Anthologies

FIC027020    FICTION / Romance / Contemporary

FIC027010    FICTION / Romance / Erotica

FIC027030    FICTION / Romance / Fantasy

FIC027050    FICTION / Romance / Historical / General

FIC027140    FICTION / Romance / Historical / Ancient World

FIC027150    FICTION / Romance / Historical / Medieval

FIC027070    FICTION / Romance / Historical / Regency

FIC027160    FICTION / Romance / Historical / Scottish

FIC027280    FICTION / Romance / Historical / Tudor

FIC027200    FICTION / Romance / Historical / 20th Century

FIC027170    FICTION / Romance / Historical / Victorian

FIC027180    FICTION / Romance / Historical / Viking

FIC027290    FICTION / Romance / Holiday

FIC027300    FICTION / Romance / LGBT / General

FIC027190    FICTION / Romance / LGBT / Gay

FIC027210    FICTION / Romance / LGBT / Lesbian

FIC027220    FICTION / Romance / Military

FIC027230    FICTION / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial

FIC027240    FICTION / Romance / New Adult

FIC027120    FICTION / Romance / Paranormal / General

FIC027310    FICTION / Romance / Paranormal / Shifters

FIC027320    FICTION / Romance / Paranormal / Vampires

FIC027250    FICTION / Romance / Romantic Comedy

FIC027130    FICTION / Romance / Science Fiction

FIC027330    FICTION / Romance / Sports

FIC027110    FICTION / Romance / Suspense

FIC027090    FICTION / Romance / Time Travel

FIC027100    FICTION / Romance / Western

FIC008000    FICTION / Sagas

FIC052000    FICTION / Satire

FIC028000    FICTION / Science Fiction / General

FIC028010    FICTION / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure

FIC028090    FICTION / Science Fiction / Alien Contact

                     FICTION / Science Fiction / Alternative History see Alternative History

FIC028070    FICTION / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic

FIC028040    FICTION / Science Fiction / Collections & Anthologies

FIC028100    FICTION / Science Fiction / Cyberpunk

FIC028110    FICTION / Science Fiction / Genetic Engineering

FIC028020    FICTION / Science Fiction / Hard Science Fiction

FIC028120    FICTION / Science Fiction / Humorous *

FIC028050    FICTION / Science Fiction / Military

FIC028130    FICTION / Science Fiction / Space Exploration *

FIC028030    FICTION / Science Fiction / Space Opera

FIC028060    FICTION / Science Fiction / Steampunk

FIC028080    FICTION / Science Fiction / Time Travel

FIC047000    FICTION / Sea Stories

                     FICTION / Short Stories (multiple authors) see Anthologies (multiple authors)

FIC029000    FICTION / Short Stories (single author)

FIC066000    FICTION / Small Town & Rural

FIC038000    FICTION / Sports

FIC063000    FICTION / Superheroes

                     FICTION / Television Tie-in see Media Tie-In

FIC031000    FICTION / Thrillers / General

FIC031010    FICTION / Thrillers / Crime

FIC006000    FICTION / Thrillers / Espionage

FIC031020    FICTION / Thrillers / Historical

FIC031030    FICTION / Thrillers / Legal

FIC031040    FICTION / Thrillers / Medical

FIC031050    FICTION / Thrillers / Military

FIC031060    FICTION / Thrillers / Political

FIC031080    FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological

FIC031070    FICTION / Thrillers / Supernatural

FIC030000    FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense

FIC036000    FICTION / Thrillers / Technological

FIC031090    FICTION / Thrillers / Terrorism *

FIC048000    FICTION / Urban

FIC039000    FICTION / Visionary & Metaphysical

FIC032000    FICTION / War & Military

FIC033000    FICTION / Westerns

If your title does not have subject content, i.e. a blank book, please use the Non-Classifiable term below. Otherwise, use the Subject/General term in the closest descriptive area. NON000000 NON-CLASSIFIABLE

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