Exploring Genre: Science Fiction


September’s theme is genre, so this month we’ll each be focusing on a different genre and highlighting what makes it great. Today I’m taking a look at one of my favs; science fiction.

Robots, aliens, space travel, technology … what’s cool about sci fi is the fact that it could almost be reality. It doesn’t take too much of a bend of the imagination to believe/know that a sci-fi reality is just around the corner. With artificial intelligence moving at the current rate it won’t be long before driverless transports, humanoid robots, and computer creating computers will be the norm. Umm guys … the Terminator could actually exist in this decade! I’m not sure if I should be excited or scared by that. Same goes for the scientists who are working on invisibility creating technology right now. We sure live in exciting times.

But let’s talk about sci-fic as a genre. It’s a pretty big umbrella that takes in everything from aliens to other worlds to technology to altered takes on modern day earth. There are so, so many sub genres in sci fic, but I won’t go into those today. What I will say is that science fiction (at its core and at its best) is about using a technology or an advancement to make a comment about the prevailing human condition. The setting of space, or alternate reality, or advanced technology is just that; a setting that distances the reader from their own reality so any commentaries made by the story about the potential of the human race in general are more willingly accepted. Avatar for example, is just as much about current environmental issues as it is about cool blue-skinned aliens. And that is one of the things I love most about sci-fi;

But now we’re getting too deep for a Thursday morning… so, let’s talk awesome books! Some of my favourite science fiction novels include;

Under The Never Sky: I’m still not sure if this one is set on a futuristic earth, or a new planet, but either way it’s great domed-society read about a girl who’s cast out and forced to battle the raging elements outside the dome. Such a fun read.

The Lunar Chronicles: A cyborg main character, people living on the moon, and hover ships all rolled into fairytale retellings. Yes please!

The Lux Series: Aliens integrated into earthen society, a book blogger, a brooding bad boy, and a steamy romance. Umm, sign me up!

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: The sole survivor of the destruction of earth hitchhiking his way through space. With all the silly dad jokes and puns, there’s nothing not to love about Hitchhikers.

And that, dear readers, is why I love science fiction. It’s semi-real (without being too heavy), it’s exciting and it’s almost like a peek into the future! What genre do you hanker for? I’d love to hear all about your favourite in the comments.

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Stacey Nash writes Aussie YA / NA. Her Oxley College Saga is a series of romances based in the fictional Oxley College on a university campus. Her Collective Series is YA trilogy about a girl who discovers secret sci-fi technology and the organisation who suppress it. To find out more about Stacey’s books or to connect with her on social media (where she tries to be engaging), check out these places: www.stacey-nash.com, instagram, twitter, facebook.

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  1. It’s interesting to me that you put the Lux series into the sci-fi category. I thought of the first book as paranormal romance, because the aliens are really another type of magical supernatural creature (with no trappings of science at all). Does it get more sci-fi down the track?

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    1. Without giving away too many spoilers, I say the cyborg, hover, space travel, and android technology coupled with everything about Letumosis would class the series as science fiction. Most things about the Lunars are also based on tech and darwinism rather than magic. It’s interesting that you think of it as paranormal though … remembering the first book I guess the Lunars could be viewed that way with the limited knowledge provided.

      Cinder is in the sci-fi category on Amazon, but Publisher’s Weekly refrains from giving it a genre title even though Marissa Meyer calls it sci-fi. So who knows?! 🙂

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