Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Break out your aluminum foil hat and rocket boots because we’re lifting off to extraterrestrial worlds with March’s Flavor of the Month. Science Fiction is pretty amazing once you get past thinking it’s all about green aliens and laser guns. Some of my favorite books are Science Fiction, and we have some great options on our Reader’s Wall and display here at the Main Library. Here are a couple of my close personal favorites Most of which we do not own, but I’m working on it and you can always order them through Search Ohio.

Pacific Edge by Kim Stanley Robinson. This book takes place in an alternate reality in which the inhabitants Orange County, California live in a utopian society complete with amateur baseball games and transportation via leg-powered flying bicycles. It’s interesting to glimpse the life of a green society (written before the whole “green” craze) as the inhabitants deal with each other and the world around them.

More than Human by Theodore Sturgeon. This book is comprised of a group of short stories that Sturgeon published separately, but which all combine to form a crazy awesome book. It’s about a group of people who each possess a unique gift or talent. Separate they do not function normally in their world and become isolated, but together they find out what it means to be more than human (see what I did there?).

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. Kivrin, a history student in 2048 time travels to a 14th century English village just in time for the Black Death. While Kivrin must deal with the consequences of helping or not helping the family that took her in, her friends and family in the present are dealing with a deathly sickness of their own. This book is fun and thrilling and from the same author who wrote the all-powerful short story “Chance” (you didn’t think I’d let you forget about it, did you?).

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