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A Guide to the More Common Literary Genres

Science Fiction
Science Fiction examines worlds based on technology and invention that might be possible in the future (or other time). Whether visiting new planets, dealing with an environment gone awry, or dealing with a race that has extra-sensory perception, all of these stories depends on the suspension of some disbelief and the potential for the technology to exist in some form.

Examples of science fiction novels are:

  • Madeleine L'Engel, A Wrinkle in Time
  • Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game
  • John Wyndham's The Chrysalids
  • H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds

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Sceience Fiction Questions to get you started

1. Did your novel feature any aliens? Were they hostile or friendly toward humans?

2. Describe a scientific innovation featured in the book.

3. If the story was set in the future, was it a believable future?

4. What does your novel say about today's science and where it may lead? Is it a warning?

5. How does the author introduce the main character in the novel?

6. Write a detailed description of the world in which the story takes place.

7. Describe why you would or would not want to live in unusual places or times described in your science fiction book.

8. Discuss how the beings in the novel are similar or dissimilar to we humans.

9. Describe any unusual problems or situations are unique to the world described in the book.

10. Describe any unusual creatures you encountered in the novel.

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