Today is the start of A Week Long Guest Post and now we have Carlyle Labuschagne talking about SciFi book genre. The floor is yours!
Science Fiction: To boldly go where no man nor woman has gone before
There is so much I can say about Sci-fi, let’s keep it light and fun.
Sci-fi is said to be the literature of change. When cultures undergo changes due to scientific advances, technologies, developments and expects to evolve further.
Science fiction offers readers alternate realities, tacking us into the vast reaches of outer space, action packed adventures, time travel, faster- than- light travel. Put everything aside you know about time, history and distance, this is Sci-fi,
Mostly science fiction is considered to be a genre that explores the “what if’s”. Constantly seeking philosophical and technological possibilities. Science fiction creates any reality you want.
Superhuman, cyborg’s, Robots, androids, love and sex.
There is no limit to what possibilities lie out there, what our imaginations can project. Therefore science fiction is one of the few genres that are capable of exploring the macro history of our species, and or placing our history and even our daily lives, in a cosmic context. If memory serves me correct sci-fi was one of the first popular genres in films and novels.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley in 1818 has been called the first science fiction novel.
Sometimes I think the word fiction can almost be made redundant when it comes to this genre, if we take a look back in to the history of the first science fiction films, and books we will find that what was presented then has come to pass now. Technology like Wi-Fi, genetic alteration, cloning (up for debate) computers has come a far way indeed.
Why read sci-fi? Well the possibilities in science fiction are endless, life on other planets, strange beings, mutation, and technology that could be genetically encoding. Not to mention technology that we currently are studying. The constant search for life on other planets. The constant search for cheap and ready available energy. The harvesting of asteroids. It is said that an asteroid the size of a one mile radios has enough resources in metals to cover three earths. Sci-fi has always been known for great romance, passion and sex.
The first books like star trek, thought us of warp-speed, fazer guns and wormholes. I think the genre in those years where more suited for the male audience. These days we have the pleasure of enjoying sci-fi and romance. We are now moving onto a female generation that is smart and sophisticated. Woman are constantly craving novels that stimulate their intelligence, emotionally and mentally, taking you into other worlds to escape the pressures of our own. Sci-fi will take you to places you would never want to come back from.
The world of sci-fi holds almost a truth in fiction, no matter what planet, what extraordinary technology if we are reading and writing about it, it is happening in the near future.
MATCHED BY ALLY CONDIE
On her seventeenth birthday, Cassia meets her Match. Society dictates he is her perfect partner for life. Except he’s not. In Cassias society, Officials decide who people love. How many children they have. Where they work. When they die. But, as Cassia finds herself falling in love with another boy, she is determined to make some choices of her own. And that’s when her whole world begins to unravel . . .
WITHER BY LAUREN DESTEFANO
A Handmaid’s Tale for a new generation! Sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery has only four years left to live when she is kidnapped by the Gatherers and forced into a polygamous marriage. Now she has one purpose: to escape, find her twin brother, and go home — before her time runs out forever. What if you knew exactly when you would die? Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb — males only live to age twenty-five and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out. When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden’s genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape — to find her twin brother and go home. But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden’s eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant she trusts, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limited time she has left
Featured series: On my whish list
Lila Black is going to Hell. Ever since the Quantum Bomb of 2015 things have been different; the dimensions have fused and suddenly our world is accessible to elves, demons, ghosts and elementals …and their worlds are open to us. Special Agent Lila Black has been different too: tortured and magic-scarred by elves, re-built by humans into a half-robot, part-AI, nuclear-fuelled walking arsenal, and carrying the essence of a dead eleven necromancer in her chest, sometimes she has trouble figuring out who she really is. And that’s without mentioning that her boyfriends a half-elf, half-demon international rock-star. So a mission to Hell isn’t exactly what she needs. The heart of art, of pleasure, sensuality and politics, Demonia is glorious and terrible. And, an assassination attempt, three marriage proposals and one ruined dress after her arrival, it seems Demonia might be more complicated than Lila thought …Justina Robsons superb new series combines her trademark themes of the nature of identity and reality, magic and technology, with a break-neck plot, a mischievous sense of fun and a seriously sexy new heroine.
Books I have read and loved
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE BY BETH REVIS
Amy has left the life she loves for a world 300 years away Trapped in space and frozen in time, Amy is bound for a new planet. But fifty years before she’s due to arrive, she is violently woken, the victim of an attempted murder. Now Amy’s lost on board and nothing makes sense – she’s never felt so alone. Yet someone is waiting for her
My favorite book for the moment
I was very sad once I had finished reading this one. You’re looking for a happy ending? You won’t find it here, at least not for me anyway. This book was amazing.
Maximum Ride is used to surviving – living constantly under threat from evil forces sabotaging her quest to save the world – but nothing has ever come as close to destroying her as the horrifying prophesy that Fang will be the first to die. Fang is Max’s best friend, her soul mate, her partner in leadership of her flock of bird kids
So dive full steam ahead into a world you many never return from.
What can you say about SciFi books? are you a fan of SciFi genre?
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