What is Science Fiction? by Jennifer Brannen (NoveList Plus)
Science fiction (SF) is the literary art of the possible. It’s speculative fiction which posits a premise rooted in the possibilities of science or technology and then follows those possibilities to their logical, dramatic, absurd, or even devastating conclusions. The “what ifs” of the genre comfortably encompass everything from babel fish to the apocalypse. These stories are usually set in the future or on other planets or universes. Separating fantasy and science fiction can be challenging, but science fiction tends to build its worlds with more attention to the science, machinery, and mechanics of it all. Good science fiction is provocative in the best sense: it encourages thoughtful examination of the world we live in to see what it could become in the best and worst of all possible worlds.
Adam, crippled by muscular dystrophy, and five other terminally ill teenagers sacrifice their bodies and upload their minds into weaponized robots to battle a dangerously advanced artificial intelligence program bent on destroying humanity.
When two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, dabbled in a power to grant their dearest wish, one of them lost an arm and a leg…and the other became nothing but a soul locked into a body of living steel. Now Edward is an government agent using his unique powers to obey orders…even to kill. In pursuit of the ultimate alchemical treasure, the Philosopher’s Stone, will their enemies are even more ruthless than they are?
The planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship’s artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all.
From fearsome engine to final car, all surviving human life is here: a complete hierarchy of the society we lost in a single train that circles what remains of the Earth. The elite, travel in luxury at the front of the train – but for those in the rear coaches, life is squalid, miserable and short. Now the poor have had enough: it’s time to seize control of the engine – and their future!
Every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world is spun off the existing one and Del’s job is to keep the dimensions in harmony.
In a world where everyone knows the day they will die, a teenage boy is determined to outlive his upcoming expiration date.
The story of Ariel, a Middle Eastern refugee who lives with an adoptive family in Sunday, West Virginia, is juxtaposed against those of a schizophrenic bomber, the diaries of a failed arctic expedition from the late nineteenth century, and a depressed, bionic reincarnated crow.
Aboard the Pequod, seventeen-year-old Ishmael arrives on the planet Cretacea to hunt down great ocean-dwelling beasts to harvest and send back to the resource-depleted Earth. But the ship’s captain, Ahab, who lost his leg to the Great Terrafin years ago, is obsessed with hunting down the beast. The classic tale of Moby Dick as set in the future.
After dying at age sixteen, Travis Coates’ head was removed and frozen for five years before being attached to another body, and now the old Travis and the new must find a way to coexist while figuring out changes in his relationships.
In a near-future consumer dystopia, Zoèe Zindleman must choose from limited, bleak housing options, including a converted strip-mall refuge that offers safety and proximity to her new place of work, ALLMART.