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I’m a science person. I wasn’t always one but when I was forced to study biology in O ‘Levels, I ended up loving it so much that I took science subjects in A ‘Levels and wanted to become a doctor. That didn’t happen. So in college, I chose Environmental Sciences with a minor in Food and Nutrition. Even though I had no idea what I was doing at the time, it turned out to be the perfect major for me to study. No wonder I love environmental sci-fi so much.
However, as a kid, I used to read books with morals in them (Enid Blyton) and the ones with little or no morals (Francine Pascal) so it was the discovery of Harry Potter that really led to my love for sci-fi fantasy. I’ve always been fascinated by aliens, browsing UFO sightings online, the concept of time travel as well as alternate realities owing to my obsession to The X-Files. Despite not reading or watching hardcore sci-fi (umm Star Wars and Doctor Who), I’ve been more than happy with my PlayStation, Dan Brown novels, popular sci-fi YA and of course, The X-Files.
I’ve been anticipating Sci-Fi Month ever since I discovered that Rinn over at Rinn Reads is hosting it. I’m so glad to be a part of such an amazing event! We’re using the hashtag #RRSciFiMonth for the event. Click the banner above for the schedule with over fifty blogs participating. Whoa.
But Why Sci-Fi?
The core of all fiction is imagination and how creative one can get with it. Sci-fi pushes the boundary of imagination with each new sub-genre that pops out. Even within the sub-genres there is endless ways a story can move forward and end up somewhere unventured. I love how sci-fi convolute facts and data, giving it the shape of something strange and intriguing. Like a whole new freakin’ planet!
|Is there a plane ticket I can buy to get to Pandora, please? (Source)|
I absolutely love Inception, Avatar, Megamind, WALL-E, and Iron Man movies whereas, movies like The Day After Tomorrow, Source Code, The Adjustment Bureau, Limitless and Looper are really good.
I Spy Sci-Fi
Science fiction is a pretty solid genre which means there are countless of books in just YA to read from this month. I’ve been saving up Cinder and Scarlet for this reason alone and I’m currently half-way done with Parallel.
I hope to read at least half of the books I want to. Here’s what I’m looking at:
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Parallel by Lauren Miller
Acid by Emma Pass
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
The Loop by Shandy Lawson
Reboot by Amy Tintera
Relativity by Cristin Bishara
Tandem by Anna Jarzeb
Pawn by Aimee Carter
Avalon by Mindee Arnett
Apart from reading, I’m also planning on watching at least one Star Wars movie as well as start Doctor Who. I also want to make time for other sci-fi movies like Oblivion and Pacific Rim. I’m excite!
Sci-Fi Takes Over
I’m going to be posting sci-fi related posts twice a week. Here’s a preview of what’s to come:
– Sci-Fi in YA: From alternate realities, robots and aliens to futuristic, space travel and cyberpunk, YA has it all. I’ll be discussing the popular sub-genres and more.
– Essentials of Sci-Fi: What does a typical sci-fi book contains and if it doesn’t, then what?
– Time Travel in Sci-Fi: Ever since I read and loved All Our Yesterdays, I’ve been obsessed with time travel so I’ll be exploring the genre in detail.
– The Good Scientist: There’s no lack of bad scientists with evil plans to take over the world in sci-fi. Where are the good scientists?
– Top Ten Tuesdays the Sci-Fi Editions: What are the sci-fi covers I want to redesign? What sci-fi books would I recommend and what sci-fi stuff am I thankful for? Read all about it on Tuesdays on the blog!
– Book Reviews: First one up is All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill and then Parallel by Lauren Miller.
Let’s science it up!
Oh gosh, reading all these intro posts just makes me want to read/watch/re-watch ALL THE THINGS. Especially that Avatar photo.
Cinder and Scarlet are some brilliant retellings – really, really clever. I hope you enjoy them!
Ooh, you're starting DW especially for the event? Eeeek! I get so nervous when people try out things I love – you'll be able to get a lot of recommendations if you just want to skip to different episodes rather than watch in order, as me, Charlene, Rebekah, Emma… oh gosh so many of us are big DW fans 😉
Looking forward to your posts! Yay! =D
Hallo, Hallo Sana!
I have entrenched myself into SFN whilst going between the TW (Twitter) feed portal + RR Main Schedule Post — I found your post via TW! 🙂 You might appreciate my Feature: Seventeen to Seven, because I come from a love of science that merged into a love of science fiction, and I walk a circle in both to this day! 🙂 You had my interest when you said "environmental sci-fi"!! Are you going to write a special feature post spotlighting your favourite authors + books for that sub-genre!? I'd been keen to read it! 🙂
Laughs. Yes, I was an X-Philie (spelt?) myself as Mulder & Scully took up most of my teen years! I was always entranced with the main plot vs the subplots, but somehow I hung in there! Laughs.
Wells, I do come from an inheritance of Star Wars, (as you'll see if you jump over to my blog), but I never had the opportunity to watch Doctor Who until SFN started to get underway! I start tonight actually watching my first ever episodes!! It wouldn't have been possible without my local library and I'm forever grateful tenfold to them! I don't think there is any direct path towards a passion for sci-fi or fantasy; mostly because as you'll find when you visit the other blogs, (as I've been to 3 so far!), everyone has a unique story and path that led them to where they are today! 🙂 I celebrate that! I mean, that's proving how individualistically unique we all are and how wide encompassing the genre truly is!
Of the films you've mentioned my favourite are: Avatar, The Adjustment Bureau (forgot that might count!), Wall-E (who wouldn't appreciate the message!?), and the Day After Tomorrow!! The rest are either films I ignore or pass over. As I said, sometimes I feel riding solo because sometimes my interests are not on the same course as everyone else's, but that's alright! If we're all happy about the same things all the time, we'd be plumb bored! Laughs.
I mentioned Avatar several times on my blog recently, such as when I reviewed "Chronicles of Ave" and "Redheart" because I couldn't help but not draw a connecting line to those worlds and Pandora! I could truly live on Pandora, the world is enriched with such a bevy of beauty!!
I have a high stack of books to read this month too, so I will be stopping back to see which ones your consuming and learn more about them as I do! 🙂
I love how you have a map of a month of posts (like I do!) and I will be eager to duck back in and converse with you! Rock on!!
I absolutely love Brave New World, and I'm dying to read Cinder (I keep hearing wonderful things about it and the fact that she wrote this during NaNoWriMo is a plus!).
All of your upcoming posts sound so awesome, I can't decide which one I'm more excited for.
Enjoy your decent into the Doctor Who world, it's one of the bests (though as a Whovian, I might be a bit biased)! 🙂
I can't wait to read all your post – and to check out all the other blogs. I'm starting to get into Sci-Fi. I already have a passion for biology, but I haven't been reading many sci-fi books. I think it's about to change 😀
I loved Inception too! I enjoyed all the movies you mentioned, but I could watch Inception over and over and over again and always find something new that i hadn't noticed before.
I should really reread Brave New World one of these days, see how it's aged, you know? I'm happy you're going to give Doctor Who a try, that show is so much fun!
Becca @ Nawanda Files says
I really liked Oblivion, but I disliked Pacific Rim. It just wasn't that good for me. The romance took over! I love sci-fi as well. I actually took a whole English course in college about sci-fi. Two (adult) books that are really good sci-fi: Never Let Me Go, The Handmaid's Tale. Oh, and one more: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
I'm not very science-y, but I love that's partly where your love for sci-fi originated from! And that's awesome you picked the perfect major. Lots of people I know have regrets after college about what they decided to do.
Looking forward to your posts this month! And I'm glad you mentioned Source Code; that movie is actually going to pop in one of my posts!
This look so fun! I'll be looking forward to how you enjoy the books you'll be reading! I absolutely loved Cinder and have been debating on reading Ender's Game and Reboot, hope you love them! (Also so happy to hear you liked Looper, I adore the other movies you mentioned, so I think I'll be giving that one a try!)
Tory Ng says
WAIT SANA! O Levels? A Levels? Where do you hail from! I smell sun…!
Also, this is a terribly late comment but did you ever get to watch Oblivion and Pacific Rim? I loved the latter more but I did enjoy Oblivion too. ;D Seems like everyone loves Cinder so I definitely am getting to that…