Science Fiction

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Genre Definitions

Characteristics of Science Fiction:
  • Based on scientific principles and technology
  • May make predictions about life in the future or the future of mankind
  • Deals with aliens or life in other worlds
  • May comment on important issues in society or explores moral, social, intellectual, philosophical, or ethical questions and apocalyptic themes
  • Often set in the future, space, a different world, universe or dimension
  • Can include space travel, time travel, and advanced technologies
  • Characters may be human, alien, monsters, robots, cyborgs, or hybrids and are often the result of engineering or biotechnology
  • Humans still figure in to the story - how do discoveries and technologies affect human life?

Related Genres
  • Horror
  • Dystopias
  • Fantasy

Reading Assignment

Please read three titles this month. You may enjoy:
(*denotes a personal recommendation)
Starters by Lissa Price*
Slated by Teri Terry*
Across the Universe by Beth Revis*
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey*
Delirium by Lauren Oliver*
The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride) by James Patterson*
The Line by Teri Hall*
Dark Life by Kat Falls*
Legend by Marie Lu*
Divergent by Veronica Roth*
Variant by Robison Wells
The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch*
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi*
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson*
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Unwind by Neal Shusterman*
The Dark Side of Nowhere by Neal Shusterman*
Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix*
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer*
Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Kindling (Fire-Us Series) by Jennifer Armstrong*
The Bar Code Prophecy by Suzanne Weyn
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Enclave by Anne Agguire
Feed by M.T. Anderson
The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson
All Good Children by Catherine Austen
The Gardener by S.A. Bodeen
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman
Run for Cover by Eva Gray
Virus on Orbis One by P.J. Haarsma*
Go Big or Go Home by Will Hobbs
Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien
Virals by Kathy Reichs*
Ashes Ashes by Jo Treggiari
Deadly Pink by Vivian Vande Velde
H.I.V.E. the Overlord Protocol by Mark Walden
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld*
Stung by Bethany Wiggins


Dystopia vs. Science Fiction from Stacked

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Science Fiction Books for Teens from the Enoch Pratt Free Library

Science Fiction for Young Adults from David Brin

To Infinity and Beyond: New SciFi Titles for Teens from SLJ

Great SciFi Novels for Book Clubs from YALSA

Futuristic, Speculative, Science Fiction, and Dystopian Fiction for Young Adults from Jen Robinson