genre: science fiction
sub genres: sci-fi adventures, time travel, shared worlds, techno, dystopian, alternate or parallel worlds, psionic powers, aliens
definition: “any story that argues the case for a changed world that has yet come into being”
from Genreflecting: a guide to popular reading interests by Diana Tixier Herald
It’s a new year! It’s a new genre!
I’m a fairly well-read person, but there are genres that I don’t tend to seek out. Science fiction is one of those genres. I don’t dislike sci-fi, but I have a hard time finding a sci-fi book on the fly. My dad, though, is a really big sci-fi fan. He’s not a dedicated novel reader like his daughter the librarian so when he recommended a book to me I knew I had to read it. It was Arthur C. Clarke, but it wasn’t any of the Space Odyssey books. It was Childhood’s End. And it was good. Really good.
There’s something satisfying about enjoying a book that was recommended to you that you wouldn’t normally read. I probably enjoyed that book more because it was so different from my normal novel fare. Aliens? They don’t normally make an appearance in my preferred genres. Reading about them in Childhood’s End, though, was fun. (And terrifying.) I wasn’t tempted (at the time) to pick up another book by Clarke, but I will remember him next time I think to broaden my literary horizons. Maybe 2013 will be my Year of the Sci-Fi?
What else about science fiction? Well, what about the obvious?
Two words: Hunger. Games.
To say that dystopian books are big right now would be the understatement of the year. Again, it’s not my favorite genre, or sub genre to be precise. (So I keep saying!) Give me a romantic comedy or a gothic historical fiction any day of the week. But wouldn’t you know it: a coworker of mine recommended a dystopian book to me, Divergent by Veronica Roth, and I couldn’t. put. it. down. I think I may need to reevaluate my feelings toward science fiction!
So here it is: I enjoy reading sci-fi, but I have a hard time picking out sci-fi books. Does that make sense? Getting reading recommendations from friends, family, Oprah, whoever! is an important part of being a reader. Even librarians rely on recommendations! I’ve gotten excellent recommendations from coworkers, library patrons, friends, and family. Total strangers have recommended books to me that I’ve read and liked.
Do you rely on book recommendations? Are there genres that you tend to stay away from? What are they? Do you think you’ll attempt to read more of them than you have up until now? I’m really curious! Comment at the bottom of this post and let me know! What sci-fi books would you suggest to me?
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