by Jarrett Seto
Science fiction can explore concepts of everyday life, technology, and political institutions in ways that other genres have trouble doing. It opens new and exciting pathways into where reality could be, or what a possible future could look like. It can present reality often in ways that you may not have imagined before. Maybe we aren’t in the Darkest Timeline after all. What would the world be like if there was an alien colonization; what if our smartphones became sentient beings, what if the polar ice caps melted in 1925? If you’re looking for a change of pace from your overwhelming day of assignments, zoom meetings, housecleaning, and fixing the car, try borrowing from our selection of sci-fi tales.
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker (2019)
The terror of perpetual sleep, a void which no one can escape, provides a claustrophobic backdrop to The Dreamers. A unique writing style will draw you in, pulled into a vortex and unable to stop turning from page to page. Like you’re in a dream.
Radicalized: Four Tales of Our Present Moment by Cory Doctorow (2020)
If you’re searching for an outlet from the world of 2021 look no further. Immerse yourself in these stories. But don’t worry if the content is a little frightening. After all, they’re only science fiction. For now, at least.
Sputnik’s Children by Terri Favro (2017)
Thanks to the unreliability of the narrator, you’re unsure if it’s all made up, a first hand account, or a mixture of both. Sputnik’s Children graces us with alternate timelines, time travel, and a dash of coming of age.
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