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Each Tuesday we’re posting a new entry in our Online Book Club to share with you what we’re reading at the library. Join in with the conversation! We’re focusing on a specific genre each week. Leave us a comment about what you’re reading or what you think about the genre, and you could win one of these super-cute coffee mugs. We’ll pick a random winner each week from the comments below.

Don’t forget: there’s still time to win one of the great summer reading program grand prizes! We’re giving away a Kindle (courtesy of the family of the late Mrs. Bernice B. Franklin, a library trustee and long-time library supporter) to one lucky book reviewer, and the library system is also giving away an iPad (courtesy of the generous folks at Cobb EMC). All you have to do to enter to win the drawings is write a review. Get started today!*

Today we’re reading books in the Science Fiction Genre, and today’s post is brought to us by Rhonda, branch manager at the Sweetwater Library.

Genre:  Science Fiction

What is Science Fiction?  Within the stories of Science Fiction is a range of possibilities including space travel; time travel; extrasensory mind powers and senses, and contact with other sentient beings who may be human-like or not at all human-like.  Science Fiction is about the potential future of mankind and the stories have a strong relationship with science and technology.   Sometimes the story may seem outrageous or improbable but mankind is evolving and who knows where we may go.

 What do you like about this genre?  I like the possibilities of space travel, out and away from Earth and into strange and possibly dangerous new worlds.

In the Genre:

red planet

What was your favorite book when you were young? I have loved Science Fiction since I was visiting my Aunt in Canton, Mississippi over summer holidays and checked out a Robert  A. Heinlein book.   After I read my first Heinlein book, I started in the A fiction and read every single SF book in that library.  I’d take as many as I could carry and devour them.

What was the most recent book you enjoyed?
  Red Planet Blues by Robert Sawyer.

It is a old style detective story set on Mars with a hardboiled detective who has a hidden past.  Humankind now can transfer their experiences into a perfect and very expensive  android body, leaving their old body behind to die.  Is it murder if you kill the android substitute since the real body is already dead?  What if you illegally made several android copies of yourself?

Name one of your favorite books.   If you are a Star Wars fan, I enjoyed the Thrawn series by Timothy Zahn.  They are Heir to the EmpireDark Force Rising, and Last Command.

Online Book Club: Science Fiction

3 thoughts on “Online Book Club: Science Fiction

  • July 16, 2013 at 10:46 am

    This is my favorite genre. I love to see how authors see technology of the future. It’s also interesting to read old sci-fi books and think about how their visions for ttheir future – our present – did or did not come true. Where are all the flying cars we should have by now? 🙂 One of my favorite series – The Dragonriders of Pern books by Anne McCaffery is sometimes considered sci-fi. At first glace, people riding dragons seems like fantasy, not sci-fi, but the author maintains that the dragons were developed in a lab by the first settlers to the planet and thus it’s science fiction. I just finished reading the classic Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. This book was first published in 1950, and he thought we’d be living on Mars by now. It was a very interesting read, and maybe one day we will make it to Mars! Science fiction is a great genre and encompassing so many different facets that I think everyone could find something to like!

    • July 16, 2013 at 11:16 am

      Too funny, @sahm2girls:disqus – we totally should have had flying cars by now! Thanks for your comment; you’re entered into the drawing. Don’t forget to post your reviews over at for your chance to win a Kindle or an iPad!

    • July 23, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      Congrats, you’re our weekly winner! (You didn’t have much competition!) Thanks for commenting.

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