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  • 1. Sci Fi for Tweens and Teens Who Don’t Like Sci Fi (Sci Fi on the Sly) Dr. Karin Perry November 5, 2011
  • 2. Science Fiction
    • Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginary but more or less plausible (or at least non-supernatural) content such as future settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, aliens, and paranormal abilities. Exploring the consequences of scientific innovations is one purpose of science fiction, making it a "literature of ideas".
  • 3. Science Fiction Elements
    • A time setting in the future, in alternative timelines, or in a historical past that contradicts known facts of history or the archaeological record.
    • A spatial setting or scenes in outer space (e.g., spaceflight), on other worlds, or on subterranean earth.
    • Characters that include aliens, mutants, androids, or humanoid robots.
    • Technology that is futuristic (e.g., ray guns, teleportation machines, humanoid computers).
    • Scientific principles that are new or that contradict known laws of nature, for example time travel, wormholes, or faster-than-light travel.
    • New and different political or social systems (e.g. dystopia, post-scarcity, or a post-apocalyptic situation where organized society has collapsed).
    • Paranormal abilities such as mind control, telepathy, telekinesis, and teleportation.
  • 4. THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX by Mary E. Pearson
    • About a girl recovering from a terrible accident.
    • Sequel THE FOX INHERITANCE
  • 5. AMONG THE HIDDEN by Margaret Peterson Haddix
    • Shadow Children series
    • Overpopulation
    • Families can only have two children
    • Population Police
  • 6. TURNABOUT by Margaret Peterson Haddix
    • A group of elderly people agree to participate in an experiment.
    • Receive a shot that reverses the aging process.
    • Only two women are left alive and people are after them.
    • What happens when they become too young to care for themselves?
  • 7. ASHES by Ilsa Bick
    • Girl with a brain tumor has decided she has had enough treatment.
    • Goes camping in the mountains to “say goodbye.”
    • Electromagnetic pulse
    • Some people are turned into cannibalistic monsters.
    • Alex, along with a child she is stuck with, and a young Army veteran try to find safety.
  • 8. ASHFALL by Mike Mullin
    • HUGE volcano eruption
    • Alex is separated from his family when it happens.
    • Attempts to find them in the post-apocalyptic world.
    • Meets Darla
    • Many dangers
  • 9. THE CARBON DIARIES 2015 by Saci Lloyd
    • Laura lives in the UK.
    • UK has instituted carbon rationing.
    • Everyone gets 200 points a month.
    • Swipe a card to do ANYTHING (have to decide what is really important)
    • Extreme weather patterns
  • 10. DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver
    • Love is a disease.
    • THEY have found a cure.
    • The cure is required when you turn 18.
    • Lena can’t wait.
    • But, then she meets a boy.
  • 11. DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth
    • Dystopian Chicago
    • People are split into 5 factions.
    • Abnegation (Selflessness), Candor (Truth and Honesty), Amity (Friendship, Peace, Harmony), Erudite (Scholars, Knowledge), and Dauntless (Fearless, Bravery)
    • At 15 you choose what faction to join.
    • Conspiracy
  • 12. GIRL PARTS by John M. Cusick
    • Teens are isolating themselves with technology.
    • Sakora Industries has created Companions- robots meant to encourage healthy bonds to treat dissociative disorder.
    • Rose is David’s Companion.
    • Will having a super hot girl programed to be forever devoted to him do any good?
    • Did I mention there can’t be any intimate contact unless Rose’s programming allows it?
  • 13. GONE by Michael Grant
    • In the blink of an eye, everyone over 15 disappears in Perdido Beach.
    • Struggling to survive is hard enough, but then some students start developing powers.
    • Good vs. Evil
  • 14. HEIR APPARENT by Vivian Vande Velde
    • Virtual Reality video game.
    • Heir Apparent
    • Due to a malfunction in the computer because of protests against the company, Giannine is stuck in the game until she wins. If she loses, she could die for real.
  • 15. THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins
    • 12 Districts
    • 24 kids
    • 1 arena
    • Fight to the death
  • 16. LIFE AS WE KNEW IT by Susan Beth Pfeffer
    • Last Survivors Series
    • Meteor hits the moon, knocking it closer to Earth.
    • Devastation follows.
    • Diary entries from Miranda’s point of view.
  • 17. MATCHED by Ally Condie
    • Cassia has always trusted Society to tell her what she needs to know.
    • Society limits people. 100 poems, 100 paintings, 100 songs, etc.
    • Society even chooses your Match (spouse).
    • Is there a glitch in the system?
  • 18. THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner
    • Thomas wakes up in a scary place.
    • A group of boys trapped with nothing but a maze surrounding them.
    • Will they ever find an escape?
    • Who put them there?
  • 19. MICHAEL VEY: THE PRISONER OF CELL 25 by Richard Paul Evans
    • Michael has been bullied for years.
    • He could stop it, but doesn’t want to reveal his secret.
    • He can shock people.
    • Someone is wants to find him.
  • 20. NEPTUNE’S CHILDREN by Bonnie Dobkin
    • Isles of Wonder is a gigantic amusement park.
    • Thousands of children are there when a deadly virus sweeps through and kills everyone except the children.
    • They have to pull together to survive.
    • How far will King Neptune go to stay in control?
  • 21. THE POWER OF UN by Nancy Etchemendy
    • What would you do if you had a device that would allow you to UNdo a mistake?
    • When Gib’s sister is gravely injured he tries to figure out what he needs to UNdo in order to save her.
  • 22. PRISM by Faye and Aliza Kellerman
    • A group of teens find themselves trapped in a parallel world where drugs are illegal.
    • There is no healthcare.
    • Medicine isn’t available, sickness isn’t discussed, and everyone is scared.
    • The problem is, one of them is really sick.
    • How will they get her the help she needs?
  • 23. THE RISE OF RENEGADE X by Chelsea Campbell
    • Superheroes vs. Supervillains
    • Teen identity struggle
    • Parent issues
  • 24. THE GIVER by Lois Lowry
    • Classic
    • Dystopian society
    • Jonas learns that there is more to life than what he has been taught.
  • 25. UGLIES by Scott Westerfeld
    • Conformity
    • Tally can’t wait until she turns 16 and can become a “pretty.”
  • 26. UNWIND by Neal Shusterman
    • Chilling
    • Story follows 3 teens on their way to be Unwound.
    • The sequel, UNWHOLLY, is set to be released September 2012.
  • 27. References
    • Card, Orson Scott (1990). How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy. Writer's Digest Books. p. 17. ISBN 0-89879-416-1.
    • Hartwell, David G. (1996). Age of Wonders: Exploring the World of Science Fiction. Tor Books. pp. 109–131. ISBN 0-312-86235-0.
    • Sterling, Bruce. "Science fiction" in Encyclopædia Britannica 2008
    • http://www.writing-world.com/sf/sf.shtml

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