Science Fiction

One of the best things about science fiction is that sometimes an author's vision of the future turns out to be correct-and sometimes it's so, so wrong. Virtual reality, self-driving cars, and even the moon landing were featured in stories long before they were technologically possible. Then again, we are still waiting on moon bases and flying cars. Check out these futuristic reads from the 80s: how many of them gave us realistic visions of the future? How many might still come true?

Neuromancer by 1948- William Gibson
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Case was the sharpest data-thief in the matrix--until he crossed the wrong people and they crippled his nervous system, banishing him from cyberspace. Now a mysterious new employer has recruited him for a last-chance run at an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, a mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case is ready for the adventure that upped the ante on an entire genre of fiction.

The handmaid's tale [sound recording] by 1939- Margaret Atwood
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In a time of declining birthrates, fertile women are dispersed to high-ranking white men as baby-making handmaids. If a handmaid cannot reproduce, she is exiled to the Colonies, an uber-polluted wasteland. One of these handmaids, Offred, not only remembers her life before the revolution, but is determined to reclaim it.

As we near the end of Black History Month, we can look to the future as well. Although the term "afrofuturism" was coined in the 1990s, the works that it is used to describe have been around for much longer. Afrofuturistic books, movies, and music explore the intersection of science fiction, fantasy, technology, and the cultural experience of Black people around the world. If you're curious about this genre, the following books, movies, and albums at the Library are a great place to start:

Spirits haunt the flooded streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow South must save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story "The City Born Great," a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis's soul.

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Seventeen-year-old Zelie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.

Looking for books with non-stop action and cliff-hangers galore?  Then, try one of these:

The maze runner by 1972- James Dashner
Six of crows by Leigh Bardugo

A few years ago, local author Josh Malerman brought the story of "Bird Box" to life. Now it's traveled from Michigan suburbs and backwoods to the small screen and folks can't get enough! So take off your blindfold for these other books and films that will have you shutting your blinds...

 

Bird box by Josh Malerman

Written with the narrative tension of The Road and the exquisite terror of classic Stephen King, Bird Box is a propulsive, edge-of-your-seat horror thriller, set in an apocalyptic near-future world--a masterpiece of suspense from the brilliantly imaginative Josh Malerman.

Black mad wheel by Josh Malerman

 From the author of the hit literary horror debut Bird Box comes a chilling novel about a group of musicians conscripted by the US government to track down the source of a strange and debilitating sound.

The Danes--the band known as the "Darlings of Detroit"--are washed up and desperate for inspiration, eager to once again have a number one hit. That is, until an agent from the US Army approaches them. Will they travel to an African desert and track down the source of a mysterious and malevolent sound?

If you're looking to fill the long wait until the next Star Wars movie is released, check out some of these great stories from the Star Wars Universe.

Last shot by Daniel José Older
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Enjoyed 1984 and the Chronicles of Narnia? Try one of these:

I, robot by Isaac Asimov
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

In a society in which books are outlawed, Montag, a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Suddenly he finds himself a hunted fugitive, forced to choose not only between two women, but between personal safety and intellectual freedom.

Looking for stories with fantastical technology, aliens, or predictions of the future? Check these out. Categories below include General Sci-Fi, Space, Dystopian, and Steampunk.

General Sci-Fi

The 5th wave by Richard Yancey

Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them.

Enjoy Game of Thrones?   Political intrigue?   Collusion?  Politicking? Fantasy? or Historical Fiction? Try these.

The black prism by Brent Weeks

THE BLACK PRISM begins an action-packed tale of magic and adventure . . . Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. Yet Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live. When Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

Fool's assassin by Robin Hobb

"FitzChivalry--royal bastard and former king's assassin--has left his life of court intrigue at Buckkeep far behind. As far as the rest of the world knows, FitzChivalry Farseer is dead and buried. Masquerading as Tom Badgerlock, Fitz is now married and leading the quiet life of a country squire with his beloved Molly. The only fly in the ointment is the disappearance of his beloved childhood friend, the Fool, with whom he once shared so much. But for a former royal assassin, a quiet life is hard to maintain when old allegiances keep trying to pull him back, and new enemies come calling.."--.

The Hugo Awards are given annually to the best works of science fiction and fantasy. The 2017 Hugo Awards were presented on the evening of Friday, August 11, 2017 at a ceremony at Worldcon 75, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention.

Best Novel

The obelisk gate by N. K Jemisin

Today is National Book Lovers Day and, needless to say, we here at Canton Public Library are definitely book lovers! In honor of the day, here are some of our favorite books that have been turned into films.

Share your favorite book-into-movie in the comments!  

Holes by Louis Sachar
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