One giant leap into other worlds

The 20th of July is the 50 year anniversary of the moon landing and we have created a display of Science Fiction novels in Area 2 of the Library to celebrate this.

These days we take it for granted that we understand what is on the moon but in earlier times people could only imagine. This gave us works by Jules Verne like “From the Earth to the Moon” and the first pieces of narrative cinema in the form of George Melies’ “An Extraordinary Journey.”

In 2011, the film Hugo tried to recapture the magic of these early efforts. Also, in that year a documentary series came out called Prophets of Science Fiction showing us that sometimes what writers dream can become a reality. That is why Science Fiction is sometimes called speculative fiction. A large part of Science Fiction is imagining what effects the development of different types of technology will have on society. Here are some of our favourite titles:

Junior Fiction Senior Fiction
The 100 by Kass Morgan Burn bright by Marianne de Pierres
Ashes by Ilsa J Bick The handmaid’s tale by Margaret Atwood
Delirium by Lauren Oliver The host by Stephanie Meyer
Deucalion by Brian Caswell The Martian by Andy Weir
Eve by Anna Carey Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The giver by Lois Lowry Nightpeople by Anthony Eaton
The lunar chronicles by Marissa Meyer Snow like ashes by Sara Raasch
Matched by Ally Condie Tempest by Julie Cross
Maximum ride by James Patterson A thousand pieces of you by Claudia Gray
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld