Reader's Advisory: Science Fiction


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Reader's Advisory: Science Fiction

  1. 1. Science Fiction
  2. 2. Science Fiction is fiction based on science that may or may not exist (Derek Buker) It doesn’t have to be science which has already been invented. It just has to be treated within the story as if it really works.
  3. 3. What If ? Science Fiction has never really aimed to tell us when we might reach other planets, or develop new technologies, or meet aliens. Science Fiction speculates about why we might want to do these things, and how their consequences might affect our lives and our planet. (John Clute)
  4. 4. Is this stuff Sci-Fi, SF, OR Skiffy? Sci-Fi AKA Skiffy
  5. 5. SF Series Most SF books are in series Continuing storyline Thus, usually need to read in order
  6. 6. Same Author, Many Series Frequently the same author has more than one series going at once Could have science fiction, fantasy, thriller, romance, etc. series SF readers usually enjoy reading all books by the same author (but may enjoy only some of that author’s series)
  7. 7. Big Three • Isaac Asimov (3 Laws of Robotics) • Arthur C. Clarke (2001: A Space Odyssey) • Robert Heinlein (Have Spacesuit-Will Travel)
  8. 8. Spaceship Not Required
  9. 9. Non-ship SF Themes Social SF Apocalyptic First Contact (e.g.Nuclear, Time Travel Environmental) Alternate History Computers / Robots Telepaths / Mutants
  10. 10. Space Opera Adventures in space Star Wars, Star Trek Includes Military SF
  11. 11. SF for Reluctant Readers Heinlein juveniles Jupiter Novels series Action-packed, good introduction to SF
  12. 12. SF Awards: Hugo Voted by the fans Awarded at WorldCon (Labor Day weekend) Many categories: novel, novela, novelette, short story, etc.
  13. 13. SF Awards: Nebula • • Voted by the writers themselves • Awarded by the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) at annual banquet (April or May) • Again, many categories
  14. 14. Major SF Publishers Baen - Tor - Starscape (teen) -
  15. 15. Current Awareness • Author Web sites • CAM-INFO - • Locus Magazine - • Sci-Fi Wire (Sci-Fi Channel) - • Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America - • Internet Speculative Fiction Database -
  16. 16. Further Reading Science Fiction & Fantasy Readers’ Advisory: The Librarian’s Guide to Cyborgs, Aliens, & Sorcerers by Derek Buker, ALA, 2002. Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia by John Clute, DK, 1995. Sci-Fi 101 by Kim G. Kofmel, Library Journal, Sept. 1, 2004, pp. 46-47.
  17. 17. Margaret’s Must Reads • I, Robot by Isaac Asimov • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card • Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffrey