Science Fiction Day

Today (2 January) is the National Science Fiction Day (US), which also corresponds to the birthday of famous sci-fi author Isaac Asimov (1920 – 1992). This is a day to celebrate all things sci-fi, from films and books to art and shows. Therefore, I have taken this opportunity to highlight below 10 sci-fi books (in no particular order) that I reviewed over the course of a last couple of years (these also include “dystopia”). Also, see my list of favourite sci-fi books.

Solaris (Stanislaw Lem)       The Memory Police (Yoko Ogawa)

A Scanner Darkly (Philip. K. Dick)       A Maze of Death (Philip. K. Dick)

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (Philip. K. Dick)        Dr Bloodmoney (Philip. K. Dick)

The People in the Trees (Hanya Yanagihara)       Sulphuric Acid (Amelie Nothomb)

The Last Children of Tokyo (Yoko Tawada)     The Affirmation (Christopher Priest)

Do you read sci-fi? What is your favourite sci-fi book (or maybe film), or what book (or film) are you looking forward to reading/watching in near future?


19 thoughts on “Science Fiction Day

    1. I hope you enjoy Solaris! The film by Tarkovsky is even better, I think. I also generally prefer classic sci-fi. More recent sci-fi often get their ideas from classics, anyway 🙂

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      1. Thanks! I haven’t seen the film. I find contemporary sci fi gets sort of bogged down in the characters with not enough action, or else it’s hard sci fi which has to be believable (more difficult now that we know so much more than the earlier writers!) and not that interesting. But, for me the writing style is the most important.

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  1. I didn’t know 2nd January was this anniversary in the US (because of Asimov I’m guessing) but coincidentally I posted a review yesterday of Flowers for Algernon as part of the Vintage Scifi Month meme. I’m read a few PKD novels but not the ones you highlight, and ditto for Christopher Priest. The rest are new to me, but I shall now explore your own discussions, thanks, Diana. The Ishiguro which Laura mentions is also on my reading list for 2021, but for later in the year.

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