Mike A. Lancaster, author of Human.4 and The Future We Left Behind weighs in on his Top 5 Sci-Fi Books…at least for today…
The top 5 of anything is difficult. So a top 5 science fiction books is always going to be a hard ask. I’ve chosen five books that made a huge impact upon me; that have stayed with me – some for decades; that have informed my writing life or taught me something new about my craft; or that are simply so good that I urge everyone to read them.
Are they the best science fiction novels ever written? I’m not going to make that claim. I’m sure people will notice my glaring omissions rather than celebrate my actual choices, but I’m okay with that. These are just the five books I want to tell you about.
Before ALMOST EVERYONE was including nanotechnology in their science fiction, Blood Music set a standard that is yet to be bettered. Expanded from an award winning novella, Greg Bear’s novel gives us a scientific disaster scenario to savour, complete with a mad scientist; the unique ‘monsters’ he creates; and the hubris that sets those monsters free on an unsuspecting world.
Few people indeed have adjectives named after them, but the weird tales of a peculiar gentleman from Providence, Rhode Island, gave rise to the term: ‘Lovecraftian’. It’s a style that has been utilised by hundreds of writers, including such luminaries as Stephen King; Ramsey Campbell; Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore.
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About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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