Science Fiction Checklist Challenge: Aliens!

~posted by Lindsay S. 

When I think about aliens, Giorgio Tsoukalos from Ancient Aliens on the History Channel is actually the first thing that comes to mind. For those of you who haven’t seen the show, it examines unexplained historical events and monuments and theorizes that humanity was helped along at various points by ancient alien visitors. We have several sesasons available on DVD and if you check it out, keep an eye out for Tsoukalos, who is quite a fascinating guy.

Giorgio A. Tsoukalos from the show Ancient Aliens on History.com. Photo courtesy of Flikr user steve = ))) ) ) ) )

If your interest in aliens leans more toward stories than theories, you’re in luck. The Seattle Public Library has an extensive science-fiction collection and aliens are to science-fiction what Giorgio Tsoukalos is to ancient alien theory – you can have one without the other, but why would you? The authors in the science-fiction genre have played with aliens in all their various forms for generations. Continue reading “Science Fiction Checklist Challenge: Aliens!”

The Science Fiction Checklist Challenge: Near Future

~posted by Lindsay S.

I would like to talk to you about the wonder that is Margaret Atwood, but I feel a little weird associating her with a Science-Fiction checklist. Margaret Atwood writes important novels like The Handmaid’s Tale. She’s a serious author and science-fiction is so very genre. It would be like suggesting William Shakespeare wrote Fantasy – very near to heresy in some circles. Continue reading “The Science Fiction Checklist Challenge: Near Future”

The Science Fiction Checklist Challenge: Beginning with Endings

~posted by Lindsay S.

While the words ‘science fiction’ still bring to mind spaceships and alien invaders, the genre has grown over the years. We at SPL have designed a science fiction checklist to help you navigate this expansive genre and all its facets. We hope you’ll explore the many worlds of science-fiction and find a favorite sub-genre of your very own. Continue reading “The Science Fiction Checklist Challenge: Beginning with Endings”

Science Fiction Fridays: Consider The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

Click here to find The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time #1)  in the SPL catalogYou should read The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (and later, Brandon Sanderson). Here’s a listing of the series in order.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: it’s so long (14 books)! And those covers (truly hideous)! And those names (Aviendha? Nynaeve? And best of all Cadsuane)!  And it’s so long!

Truly, there are many, many reasons not to start The Wheel of Time. In reality, I only have one reason why you should ignore your instincts and start the journey: it’s actually pretty good. Continue reading “Science Fiction Fridays: Consider The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan”

Science Fiction Fridays: My favorite druid

When I discovered the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne, I was expecting an apathetic, immortal druid, with a sad story and lots of dangerous magic. What I got was Atticus O’Sullivan, a delightfully well-adjusted 2,000-year-old tea-maker with a penchant for fish and chips. In the first book, Hounded, Atticus and his sidekick (a wise-cracking Irish Wolfhound) have a bit of problem in the form of an ancient Celtic deity bent on retrieving a hidden magical sword. This first story is fast-passed, witty, and lots of fun.

In the second book, Hexed, Atticus is up to his ears in witches. Since he’s been burned by women with magical powers in the past, he hopes signing a peace agreement will keep the local coven safely on the other side of town. Unfortunately, things get complicated when more witches arrive, equipped with big magic and sinister intentions. Atticus and his pals must out-magic and out-think the new arrivals before they can claim the city for themselves.

In Hammered, Atticus reluctant agrees to escort a group of pissed-off monsters into Asgard, home of the Norse Gods. Apparently Thor is a bit of a jerk and nearly everything supernatural wants to take him down. This story is a little more tragic and angst-heavy than the previous two, but it does have comic relief in the form of a giant, talking squirrel. It also sets the scene for the continued adventures of Atticus and his friends in the next book, Tricked, due out in early spring.