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Science Fiction Readers Advisory

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

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