Science Fiction Day

January 2, 2021 – Adrianna Holt, Adult Services

January 2nd is Science Fiction Day. If you stay up to date on my book talks, I read a lot of science fiction books. I really got into the genre around my adolescent and teen years, and my love for it just hasn’t quit. My husband and his older brothers really got me into the genre by introducing me to Douglas Adams, Orson Scott Card, Aldous Huxley, Neil Gaiman (technically fantasy but he’s in our science fiction section and one of my favorite authors), Philip K. Dick, and Neal Stephenson. They also introduced me to wonderful shows such as Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, and X-Files. 

However, science fiction is not the only genre that I do enjoy. I happen to also enjoy history, biographies, religion, and sometimes weird fiction (bordering on science fiction, fantasy, etc ). Although, if I’m perusing our new books or even the older ones, I’m always heading towards the science fiction section of our regular sci-fi books or graphic novels (we have a lot and they are great!). 

You might ask, “What’s so great about science fiction?” Oh…there’s a lot. According to Wikipedia, “Science fiction is a genre of fiction in which the stories often tell about science and technology of the future. It is important to note that science fiction has a relationship with the principles of science—these stories involve partially true- partially fictitious laws or theories of science.” Thankfully our science fiction section at the library also includes fantasy, in case people enjoy that more! Dystopian, utopian, hundreds of years into the future, or books almost like our world but with a twist is just some of what science fiction can be like. 

Here are some of my favorite science fiction books in our collection; click any of them to learn more or to place a hold: 

Foundation by Isaac Asimov
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
14 by Peter Clines
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
The Mirror Man by Jane Gilmartin
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski

It’s not that I don’t like the real world…I just prefer my nose in a book that takes me to faraway places with wonderful characters that I can feel a connection to. What’s your favorite genre? Or, if you like science fiction, what’s your favorite sci-fi book?

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