Ray guns! Robots! Space ships! It’s time to talk science fiction! I confess: I love reading science fiction. I get bored when reading about a life that is just like mine. I am more interested in reading stories that explore the question “What would we do if . . .?” “What would we do if aliens came to earth?” “What would you do to survive if you got stranded on Mars?” “What would you do if a robot wanted to be your friend?” “What would society do if there was a global pandemic?”
Many people assume that science fiction is just about science and technology. And they do play a role in many plots. But at its core science fiction is about people. It asks the question: In a world filled with change, how will we cope, what choices will we make, what makes us who we are? What would we do?
Science Fiction isn't all spaceships and ray guns. Good sci fi makes you think: about where we are headed, the ways technology shapes our culture, and how we define ourselves. This list gets you started, and moves from classic to modern novels.