SPACE IS THE FINAL FRONTIER AND THERE IS NO GREATER ADVENTURE THAN SAILING THROUGH THE STARS WITH YOUR FAVE SCIENCE FICTION BOOK. IF YOU ARE A PURIST ISAAC ASIMOV AND ROBERT HEINLEIN ARE AMONGST YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS. LETS DEFINE SCIENCE FICTION TO THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED READING IT. (THESE PEOPLE ARE MISSING SOMETHING GREAT!)
SO WHAT IS A SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL ANYWAY?–
Science fiction (often shortened to Sci-Fi or SF) is a genre of speculative fiction, typically dealing with imaginative concepts such as advanced science and technology, spaceflight, time travel, and extraterrestrial life.—GOOGLE
“Science fiction” is difficult to define, as it includes a wide range of subgenres and themes. James Blish wrote: “Wells used the term originally to cover what we would today call ‘hard’ science fiction, in which a conscientious attempt to be faithful to already known facts (as of the date of writing) was the substrate on which the story was to be built, and if the story was also to contain a miracle, it ought at least not to contain a whole arsenal of them.”
Isaac Asimov said: “Science fiction can be defined as that branch of literature which deals with the reaction of human beings to changes in science and technology.” According to Robert A. Heinlein, “a handy short definition of almost all science fiction might read: realistic speculation about possible future events, based solidly on adequate knowledge of the real world, past and present, and on a thorough understanding of the nature and significance of the scientific method.
Lester del Rey wrote, “Even the devoted aficionado—or fan—has a hard time trying to explain what science fiction is”, and that the reason for there not being a “full satisfactory definition” is that “there are no easily delineated limits to science fiction.” Author and editor Damon Knight summed up the difficulty, saying “science fiction is what we point to when we say it”, while author Mark C. Glassy argues that the definition of science fiction is like the definition of pornography: you do not know what it is, but you know it when you see it.–WIKIPEDIA
SOME ELEMENTS OF SCI-FI
Science fiction elements can include:
- Temporal settings in the future, or in alternative histories.
- Spatial settings or scenes in outer space, on other worlds, in subterranean earth, or in parallel universes
- Characters that include aliens, mutants, robots, enhanced humans and other predicted or imagined beings.
- Speculative or predicted technology such as brain-computer interface, bio-engineering, super-intelligent computers, ray guns and other advanced weapons.
- Undiscovered scientific possibilities such as teleportation, time travel, and faster-than-light travel or communication.
- New and different political and social systems and situations, including utopian, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, or post-scarcity.
- Future history and evolution of humans on earth or on other planets.
- Paranormal abilities such as mind control, telepathy, and telekinesis (e.g. “The Force” in Star Wars ).
HARD VS SOFT SCI-FI
While many beautiful entries in the science fiction universe do bend the rules about what is or isn’t possible in our physical universe (see Star Wars and the Force), much science fiction is actually based in science. This is hard science fiction. Hard science fiction exists inside the realm of scientific possibility.
Soft science fiction, or soft SF, is a category of science fiction with two different definitions. It either (1) explores the “soft” sciences, and especially the social sciences (for example, anthropology, sociology, or psychology), rather than engineering or the “hard” sciences (for example, physics, astronomy, or chemistry), or (2) is not scientifically accurate. Soft science fiction of either type is often more concerned with character and speculative societies, rather than speculative science or engineering. It is the opposite of hard science fiction. The term first appeared in the late 1970s and is attributed to Australian literary scholar Peter Nicholls.
IF I WERE TO PICK A CATEGORY I WOULD SIDE WITH SOFT SCI FI–THERE IS A WIDER ABILITY TO MIX IN DIFFERENT ELEMENTS LIKE ROMANCE AND FANTASY. FOR THAT TYPE OF SCIFI I WOULD RECOMMEND THE LONE WOLF SERIES BY DELLANI OAKES. SHE SAYS SHE LOVES WRITING SCIFI/FANTASY BECAUSE ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. SHE INVENTED SENTIENT SHIPS (THEY WERE ALIVE), A RACE OF CAT PEOPLE WHO ARE FIERCE WARRIORS, AN ANCIENT EVIL SPECIES CALLED THE KAHLEA. HER MAIN CHARACTER WIL VANLIPSIG IS A GENETICALLY ALTERED SUPER SOLDIER WHO APPEARS TO BE A TOTAL BAD ASS BUT WHEN IT COMES TO HIS FRIENDS AND HIS WIFE MATILDA HE IS THE BIGGEST TEDDY BEAR. THERE IS A LOT OF HUMOR AND STEAMY ROMANCE INVOLVED AS WELL.
MY FAVE DYSTOPIAN NOVELS INCLUDE-THE GIVER BY LOIS LOWRY, THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY BY SUZANNE COLLINS AND THE DIVERGENT TRILOGY BY VERONICA ROTH
I COULD GO INTO MORE DETAIL BUT I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU TRY SCI-FI ON FOR SIZE YOURSELF AND SEE WHAT YOU LIKE. DIVE IN AND DRIFT AMONGST THE STARS !!!!
CEREAL AUTHORS WHO WRITE SCIFI-HEATHER POINSETT DUNBAR, STEPHANIE OSBORNE AND DELLANI OAKES
SOURCES OF INFORMATION PROVIDED BY GOOGLE AND WIKIPEDIA