Science Fiction

6 Word Science Fiction Stories

HubbleAccording to legend, Ernest Hemingway was once asked to write a story in six words.  He came up with “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”.  Those 6 words sparked an interest in stories that have few words, but can challenge the imagination.

 

 

Science Fiction Reads for Tweens

AlienWelcome to another installment of Tween Reads!  This week the focus will be on historical fiction, but keep your eyes peeled for other genres as the weeks go by.  This list isn’t meant to be exhaustive, but to give tweens and parents some initial guidance as they make their way over to the young adult shelves.  And some of these are titles that are new to the Children’s shelves or might have flown under the radar.  What are your favorite tween science fiction reads?

Out of This World Television

adorable robot guyOne of my favorite television genres is science fiction. It’s a genre that is underappreciated by the masses, but the people who love it are often fanatical enough to make up the difference. It’s unfortunate that so many people dismiss the entire genre without even giving it a chance (it’s not all Star Trek, you know) because science fiction has so much to offer.

PREPARE TO SAVE THE EARTH!

flying saucer
Don’t just leave it to the grown-ups. Heck, some of them can’t even pack for vacation without having a meltdown. Some of them can’t even watch the news on TV without going ballistic. How are they going to have the wits to jump aboard a hostile flying saucer or outsmart aliens that look like giant spiders? You know who has to show them how to use their new electronic gadgets. That’s right, so you’d better get prepared.

THE SCIENCE FICTION LOVE STORY

Does it exist? The Search for a Rare Sub-Genre

Science Ficiton Love Stories

Get Your Geek On @ 3 Local Conventions

 

One of the advantages of being a geek in a large city is the wonderful conventions in my own backyard. I admit it. I am a con addict. I have been going to fandom conventions since 1984 and will probably still be going when I have to incorporate my walker into my cosplay. During March and April, I have three opportunities to get my geek on with one comic/scifi/fantasy convention and two anime conventions in town.

 

 

 

Proper Preparation for Time Travel

How far would you go to save your friends and family?

To boldly go… in your ear: Episode 2: the Radio and Other Full-cast Audio Thrills!

Thanks to Signor Marconi and his fellow inventors we have the marvelous wonders of wireless telegraphy. And what better use could be made of invisible waves traveling at the speed of light than to bring you the drama from long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away.
Star Wars Radio Drama cover    Star Wars: the Radio Drama Brian Daley turned the original 1977 two-hour film by George Lucas into a six-hour thirteen-part radio play for National Public Radio in 1981.

To Boldly Go…In Your Ear: Episode I: Untouched by Human Hands! Downloadable Audio!

From the Net Directly to Your Home or Rocket Ship!

Imagine a brave new world in which you can beam your scientific romances, speculative fiction, and fan-boy/girl favorites directly up to your starship using your already installed computer tractor beam or directly to the control room of your TARDIS! Well now you can! Have your Communications Officer tune your ansible to the Harris County Public Library’s website. (If you don't happen to have an ansible you can also use your home computer.) Send out a probe to detect the word “Downloadable” in the Format Field of the Refine menu on the right-hand side of the page. Then say, in a firm commanding voice, “Energize.” If that doesn’t work then click here.

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