Don’t Reject Science Fiction or Books That Take You Outside The Box or Why Nancy Hates Categorizing Books!
Again we are dealing with the basic issue that rankles Nancy Pearl. When you put books into categories or label books as this but not that, too many readers skip over wonderful reading experiences.
She knows some people just can’t relate to the science fiction genre. We had a lot of folks around the table who felt sort of “meh” about sci-fi and fantasy.
We were interested in what people enjoy or don’t enjoy about sci-fi and fantasy.
Robert Heinlein’s book, “Space Cadet” turned Nancy on to science fiction and fantasy back when she was just a wee lass.
Isaac Asimov’s books inspired many.
Not sure about the genre? Maybe don’t think of it as a genre.
Perhaps start with a classic Clifford Simak like “Shakespeare’s Planet.” A colorful cover that captures the joys of 1950’s science fiction and a story Nancy Pearl says everyone should read.
If you are interested in Science Fiction, Nancy says you can sign up for a daily sci-fi email from Tor.com
Not sure about science fiction, read Ursula Le Guin.
“Stranger in a Strange Land.” That Heinlein book doesn’t sit well with many readers, but it sure fit into its era.
Kurt Vonnegut’s books are steeped in science fiction, yet put in the literature category.
Need a laugh, The Hitchikers series.
Looking for different views of the modern world. Check out William Gibson, Neal Stephenson
“1Q84,” by Haruki Murakami