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Mar 22

Science Fiction Week, part 1

Posted on March 22, 2021 at 10:53 AM by Beth Pofahl

Science fiction week 

Jennifer reading and in library multiple images 

Have you ever felt like you’re being pulled into the vortex of a good book? If you’re a fan of science fiction, this can be an especially exciting reading adventure. Science fiction deals with imaginative, futuristic concepts such as deep space exploration, time travel, parallel universes, artificial intelligence, extraterrestrial life, and so much more. Some science fiction is filled with complex scientific theory. Other works are lighter on the science and more about futuristic societies and relationships. In other words, science fiction is a broad and diverse genre! 

Just ask Jennifer who would choose Sci-Fi above any other type of fiction.  Read below for some of Jen’s favorite science fiction classics. Are you a science fiction buff, too? or wannabe? Stay tuned for more posts this week about ththrilling world of science fiction and a plethora of book suggestions. 

 

Jennifer recommends . . . 

Childhood's End book cover 

Childhood’s End 
by Arthur C. Clarke 

Childhood’s End is a classic among classics, it’s sci-fi 101. Here’s the gist: alien overlords and the uncertain future of humanity. You won't regret a moment. 

Find it in the library catalog Here 
Also available in digital format: 
Montana Library2Go eBook  
Hoopla eBook 

 

Man in the High Castle book cover         

The Man in the High Castle 
by Philip K. Dick 

If you haven’t read Philip K. Dick just stop what you’re doing and get one of his books now! He writes science fiction and layers in political and social commentary that always makes me pause and think. The Man in the High Castle, also considered sci-fi/alternate history, is one you may be familiar with due to its adaptation into a popular TV series on Amazon. The story looks at how the world could be if our country and its allies lost WWII.  What if that world could see another reality in which the other side won? It’s an alternate history in an alternate history read by a reader experiencing a third history. Mind blown yet?  Even if the plot weren’t enough, what really struck me about this story is the quality of the writing. The prose is smooth and electrifying, it will suck you in and you won’t be able to stop reading. 

Find it in the library catalog Here 
Also available in digital format: 
Montana Library2Go eBook  
Hoopla eBook 

 

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Book cover 

 
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? 
by Philip K. Dick 

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is also very well-known thanks to the movie adaptation Blade Runner. But, again, for several reasons, forget the movie! I read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep after reading Philip K. Dick’s delightful sci-fi short stories. This was the first time Dick’s sociopolitical threads hit me hard because I was so unaware of how I was being carried through the story. There’s a reason this story is so well known, why it was adapted, why Gary Numan loved it (I don’t know that this is true but “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” on the album Replicas, let’s take a leap and say he did.) and why I’m recommending it. Read it and find out. 

Find it in the library catalog Here 
Also available in digital format: 
Montana Library2Go eBook 

 

I, Robot book cover 

I, Robot (short stories) 
by Isaac Asimov 

The Foundation trilogy might be what is generally recommended for those interested in Asimov, but I found the I, Robot short stories to be more engaging and interesting. The stories center around the atypical behavior of robots and the Three Laws of Robotics in different scenarios. This collection is really nothing like the Will Smith movie just so you know. And if you are sensitive to blatant sexism, know that these stories were written in the 1940s and 1950s and may not be for you. 

Find it in the library catalog Here 
Also available in digital format: 
Montana Library2Go eBook and eAudiobook 

 

 

 

 


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