Recommended Sci-Fi Reading

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The slides accompanying my panel for Cyphan 3, July 27-29, 2012. Recommended science fiction books!

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  • Asimov: Foundation trilogy (1963)\nBradbury: Martian Chronicles (1950), Fahrenheit 451 (1951)\nClarke: 2001 Space Odyssey (1968)\nHeinlein: Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)\nHerbert: Dune (1965) - made into a movie & a SyFy miniseries\nLeGuin: Left hand of Darkness (1969)\nBova: Multiple Man (1976), Millennium (1976)\nDick: Androids (1968)\n
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  • Title listing:\nThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy\nThe Restaurant at the End of the Universe\nLife, the Universe, and Everything\nSo Long, and Thanks for all the Fish\nYoung Zaphod Plays it Safe\nMostly Harmless\n\nRelated works: BBC TV series from 1981\nMotion picture staring Martin Freeman, Zooey Deschanel, Sam Rockwell, Mos Def, Alan Rickman and Stephen Fry released 2005\n
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  • \n\nResources:\nhttp://pern.srellim.org/ has great information about the world of Pern along with a full story listing & suggested reading order.\n
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  • Excerpt notes:\nP80 - bottom paragraph to P83 second-to-last paragraph (Kirk gives Bones the conn)\nP119 last line to P122 end of third full paragraph\nP138 second paragraph to end of P140\n\n
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  • Recommended Sci-Fi Reading

    1. 1. Science fiction book recommendations by Mary Jo Chrabasz
    2. 2. A history of the future Science fiction is an Jules Verne was one old genre, but its of the first to meld only been known by fiction with solid this name since the known science. 1930s. H.G. Wells was more Mary Wollstonecraft speculative than Shelleys Frankenstein Verne, but still based (1818) is an early his stories in science. example.
    3. 3. The term "science Ace Books publishedfiction" was more science fictionpopularized in the paperbacks than1930s by the other companies frommagazine "Astounding the 1950s to 1987.Science-Fiction." Anthologies begin toFrom the 1930s to introduce newthe 1960s, the authors withscience fiction genre different styles in thewas predominantly 1960s & 1970s.short fiction,published in Science fiction is nowmagazines. extremely popular, permeating even mainstream fiction.
    4. 4. Authors to knowIsaac Asimov (Laws of Frank Herbert (Dune)robotics, Foundationtrilogy) Ursula K. LeGuin (The Left Hand of Darkness)Ray Bradbury (MartianChronicles) Ben Bova (Multiple Man)Arthur C. Clarke (2001: Philip K. Dick (DoA Space Odyssey) Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)Robert Heinlein(Stranger in a Strange Harlan EllisonLand)
    5. 5. From the Earth to the Moon and, Round the Moon by Jules Verne One of the earliest examples of Science Fiction Accurately predicted several elements of the actual Apollo missions - 3 man team, launched from Florida
    6. 6. Scavengers in Space by Alan E. NourseAsteroid mining was adangerous business,and no one would looktwice at a deadminer. Except RogerHunters two sons,who suspect murder.Great example of 50spulp science fiction
    7. 7. Fahrenheit 451: the Authorized Adaptation By Ray Bradbury & Tim Hamilton Graphic novel adaptation of Bradburys classic In this future time, firemen start fires rather than fight them, burning books in a radical form of censorship
    8. 8. The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide by Douglas Adams Contains the entire 5- book "trilogy" Originally written as a radio play Has been made into a BBC TV series & a movie Witty & fun
    9. 9. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline LEngleNewbery-award winningnovelFirst of the booksfocusing on Meg andher brothersThe three Witches helpMeg and CharlesWallace go find theirfather, missing for years
    10. 10. The Wee Free Men by Terry PratchettBook 30 ofDiscworld; book 1 ofthe Tiffany AchingSeriesA great jumping-inpoint for DiscworldTiffany Aching is arare witch raised onthe chalk
    11. 11. Enders Gameby Orson Scott CardThe first of the Enderseries.Follows EnderWiggins, who is beingcultivated into a greatmilitary leader torepel an ongoing alienthreat to Earth.Multiple sequels plusa brand new prequel,Earth Unaware.
    12. 12. The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall by Anne McCaffrey Five short stories, set in the earliest days of Pern. Learn how Pern came to be! See http:/ /pern.srellim.org for a list of all the Pern books and stories & the best order in which to read them.
    13. 13. The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsBook 1 of a trilogy -followed by CatchingFire and MockingjaySet in the future,where each yearevery district has tosend two tributes tofight to the death inthe Hunger Games
    14. 14. Ugliesby Scott WesterfeldBook 1 of the Ugliesseries (followed byPretties, Specials, andExtras)Tally Youngblood isanxiously awaiting theday she turns 16 andbecomes pretty. Butthen a new friendshows her theresmore than looks atstake
    15. 15. Cosmicby Frank Cottrell Boyce Liam pretends to be an adult & cons his way onto the first civilian space mission as a chaperone for the kid astronauts. An entertaining look at the potential future of space travel.
    16. 16. Ready Player One by Ernest ClineIn the future,everyone spends theirtime in the OASIS, avirtual world. OASISscreator dies, leaving hisfortune to whomevercan find his "Easteregg" in gameA wonderful homage to80s culture & gaming
    17. 17. Gin Tama by Hideaki SorachiManga series, translated& published in the U.S.by Viz MediaAlternate universe -aliens invaded Japan &forced the Samurai outof work.Follows former SamuraiGintoki & his crazygroup of friends.
    18. 18. Quantum Leap: Pulitzer by L. Elizabeth StormTies in to the televisionepisodes "The LeapHome" parts one andtwo, "MIA" and othersSam leaps into apsychiatrist at BethesdaNaval Hospital in 1975.His patient? Lt. JohnDoe, aka Al Calavicci
    19. 19. Doctor Who: The Five Doctors by Terrance Dicks Part of the Target novelizations of classic Doctor Who stories Terrance Dicks is one of the more prolific Doctor Who novelists A great Doctors meet-up story!
    20. 20. Doctor Who Classics Omnibus volume 1A large collection ofDoctor Who Classicscomics, published byIDWA great extension ofthe classic Doctorsuniverse, with somefun stories and greatcompanions!
    21. 21. Doctor Who: The Pirate Loop by Simon Guerrier The Doctor knows everything - or so it seems. But even he doesnt know what happened to the Starship Brilliant. The Doctor takes Martha to find out what happened, landing the TARDIS on the Brilliant days before it vanishes
    22. 22. Doctor Who: Apollo 13 by Justin RichardsAn astronaut in a spacesuitmaterializes in the midst ofa busy shopping center.A plot to take over everyhuman being on Earth isbeing hatched on the Moon.Amy & the TARDIS are onthe Moon, the Doctor isstranded on Earth. CanApollo 23 help him save us?
    23. 23. Star Trek: Doctors Orders by Diane Duane What happens when Captain Kirk leaves Doctor McCoy in charge of the Enterprise...and then vanishes? A must-read for fans of the lovable Doctor McCoy!
    24. 24. Star Trek: Crossoverby Michael Jan FriedmanSpock & his students aretaken hostage byRomulans.The Enterprise is sent tonegotiate, with AmbassadorMcCoy on board.Meanwhile, Scottyconfiscates a ship to mounthis own rescue!
    25. 25. Star Trek: the Manga Shinsei / ShinseiStar Trek done mangastyle!Five short tales bydifferent authors andartists.Volume 1 (3 othervolumes plus 1 volumeof Star Trek: The NextGeneration available)
    26. 26. ResourcesReid, Suzanne Elizabeth. Young Adult ScienceFiction. Twayne Publishers, 1998.Quackenbush, Robert. Who Said Theres NoMan on the Moon? : A Story of Jules Verne.Simon and Schuster Books for YoungReaders, 1985.Find these slides online athttp://www.slideshare.net/mjchrabasz

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