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People under age 25, what do you know about science fiction novels and writers?

Asked by wundayatta (58367 points ) March 21st, 2012

What is written science fiction to you? Do you know contemporary writers? Which ones? Any older writers? Which ones?

How have you come to learn what you know about science fiction? Are you introduced to it in school? Do you find it on your own? Through networks?

What titles have you read? What titles have you heard of? Is there anything in your “to read” pile?

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Blackberry's avatar

I just turned 26. I was never into science fiction reading, only movies. The only books I’ve heard of were the Dune series. I remember it being really popular.

ragingloli's avatar

The only science fiction book I read was the the first Perry Rhodan novel.

Aethelflaed's avatar

I used to read a lot of sci-fi. I haven’t been as much lately; I find them cold and unemotional (which defeats the entire point of me reading a story, instead of non-fiction), or emotional but dystopian (which I hate). I like fantasy a lot more, and most of the sci-fi I do enjoy tends to break out of the strict ‘sci-fi, not fantasy’ category.

King_Pariah's avatar

I enjoy science fiction, i suppose sci fi to me is mainly novels that involve fictional technology which isn’t acquireable yet by modern technology or by the technology available at the time the novel was written (in a way, fantasy could be considered sci fi, but I digress). My first introduction to sci fi genre in books was probably The Boy Who Saved Earth by Jim Slater back in the 1st or 2nd grade. I found it on my own in the public library (I never returned it either). From there, I divulged myself in many novels (too many to list) of science fiction from the works of Jules Vernes and HG Wells, to Ray Bradbury, to Aldous Huxley and George Orwell, to Ben Counter and Dan Abnett, to Modesitt and so on.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Lovecraft is the only science fiction writer I actually enjoy. Beyond the wall of sleep, Herbert West-Reanimator, At the Mountains of Madness, and Cool Air are my favorite sci-fi Lovecraft works.

Joker94's avatar

I know a little bit, I just don’t read a lot of it. I’ve read a few short stories on my own, only a few of which I can remember, I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison having being my favorite. In school, we’ve read a few science fiction classics like Fahrenheit 451 and Flowers for Algernon, if they count as such, and we’ve read quite a few science fiction short stories over the past few years.

TexasDude's avatar

I’m a big fan of Heinlen, Egan, and Asimov. My highschool creative writing class had a unit on scifi, but other than that, I’ve had to expose myself to the genre.

I’ve also personally met many figures in the sci fi film industry. Including the entire cast of the original star wars and Robbie the Robot.

Joker94's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard I’m so jelly. I met Anthony Daniels, the dude who played C-3PO, but you have trumped my achievement.

ddude1116's avatar

My dad is a huge science fiction buff, so writers such as Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein and Arthur C Clarke etc. were household names while I was growing up. I’ve read very little myself, but my dad talks about it enough, I’ve gathered a fairly large knowledge of it. And then, I know the movies, such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Moon, for the hard science fiction, (as opposed to plain old science fiction, there’s a huge distinction for the big fans, like my dad), and Star Wars and Blade Runner. We just went to see John Carter because the Edgar Rice Burroughs Avon reprints were such a staple of my dad’s childhood, he’s still got them all in fantastic condition, too, along with virtually every paperback book since the late 1960s. As far as contemporary stuff goes, I don’t know much, Moon‘s basically the extent of it.

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