In solidarity of my son’s semester long course on science fiction books, here are some of my favorite, recent (besides Firefight) science fiction books.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: What I really love about this series is that the author takes Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel and totally gives them a science fiction make-over! And yes, these would be great books for guys too (ignore the shoe) because there is no simpering princess. Cinder is actually part alien, part cyborg and is in way over her head. Scarlet just wants to find out what happened to her grandmother but runs into a whole organization of wolves. And Cress is just a lost girl who happens to be a genius hacker. I’m excited to see where the next book takes the characters!
Stupid Perfect World by Scott Westerfeld is actually a short story eBook, but I am hoping it might expand to more. In this future world, kids are required to take a Scarcity class that teaches them about how things use to be. For a final project, everyone in the class most pick an ancient hardship that is no longer in existence, like getting a cold or not using advanced transportation. Maria decides to experience hormones as a teenager by stopping her hormone treatment and Kieran picks sleeping 8 hours a night, because really, it couldn’t be that bad, right?