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  • 1. Science Fiction & Fantasy Reader’s Advisory Presented by Tony Schafer and Amy Hartman
  • 2. Reasons to get to know SF/Fantasy better:
    • Because it’s cool.
    • All those movies!!
    • Excellence in the genre -- it’s not what skeptics expect.
    • Because it’s just really, really cool.
    • Because Tony and Amy say so.
  • 3. The SF -Fantasy Debate
    • Science Fiction:
    • Often focuses on technology or science.
    • Often set in the future or future-like place.
    • Isn’t always set in outer space.
    • Tends to follow the rules of physics.
    • Could theoretically be true in our universe.
  • 4. The SF - Fantasy Debate (cont’d)
    • Fantasy:
    • Usually involves
    • magic or beings
    • with special powers of some kind.
    • Frequently ties into history, myths, legends and folklore.
    • Cannot exist in our universe (as we currently understand it).
  • 5. History of the Genres
    • Fantasy
      • Themes, who’s who
    • Science Fiction
      • Themes, who’s who
  • 6. Amy’s stuff
    • It ain’t just for the boys:
      • Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Moon,
      • Lois McMaster Bujold, C.J. Cherryh,
      • Sheri S. Tepper, Barbara Hambly, Robin Hobb, Tanya Huff, and others!
    • Minority writers/characters:
      • Octavia Butler, Steven Barnes, Samuel Delaney, Nalo Hopkinson, Lester DelRay, Walter Mosley, collection: Dark Matter
  • 7. Short Stories
    • Heavy influence on SF/Fantasy.
    • Many new authors introduced.
    • Dewey number: 813.0876, 808.38
    • Thematic: Time travel, Familiars, Alternate histories, etc.
    • Not sure what to buy? Try “Year’s Best” collections.
    • “ Asimov’s Science Fiction” & “ Fantasy and Science Fiction”
  • 8. SF/Fantasy Art
    • Spectrum
    • Subject headings
      • Fantasy in art
      • Science fiction -- Illustrations
    • Anime, comic books
    • Artists to recommend. . .
  • 9. Michael Whelan
  • 10. Michael Whelan
  • 11. Donato Giancola
  • 12. Donato Giancola
  • 13. Boris Vallejo
  • 14. H.R. Giger
  • 15. John Howe
  • 16. John Howe
  • 17. Alan Lee
  • 18. Harry Potter Read Alikes (It’s a a Hedwig hat) --->
    • “ The Thief Lord” -Cornelia Funke
    • “ The Golden Compass” - Philip Pullman
    • Crestomanci series - Diane Wynne Jones
    • Chronicles of Prydain series - Lloyd Alexander
    • The Dark is Rising series - Susan Cooper
    • Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
    • Wizard series - Diane Duane
  • 19. Tolkien read alikes
    • Epic authors on library booklist
    • Dennis McKiernan’s Iron Tower Trilogy
    • Terry Brooks’ Shannara series
    • Raymond Feist’s Riftwar series
    • R.A. Salvatore, Michael Stackpole, Tad Williams
  • 20. The eternal mystery: Star Wars vs. Star Trek
  • 21. SF/Fantasy for those who don’t like “SF/Fantasy”
    • Connie Willis
    • Mary Doria Russell
    • Terry Pratchett
    • Stephen Donaldson
    • Ray Bradbury
    • Robin Hobb
    • David Gemmell
  • 22. Dark Fantasy
    • New Horror/Dark Fantasy
    • list coming out!!
    • Shapeshifters, necromancy,
    • vampires, werewolves, etc.
    • The SHELVING debate. . .
  • 23. YA authors and Graphic Novels
  • 24. Live Long and Prosper and May the Force Be With You.