Science Fiction & Fantasy Textbooks
Some call it Sci-Fi. Others prefer ‘speculative fiction’. To all, the genre of fiction that defines itself by the inventiveness of its ideas is known as science fiction. Renowned for its rocket ships and robots, science fiction has evolved from the clichéd speculations of the early 20th century into a genre of immense diversity. Modern science fiction transports readers to unimagined places and describes astonishing events that challenge conventional notions of plausibility.
Ride giant sandworms and lead a holy war on the desert planet of Arrakis in Frank Herbert’s Dune. Explore the interplay of morality and robotics in Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot. Experience military indoctrinization and the labors of interstellar war with insectile belligerents in Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. Journey to the Saturnian moon of Japetus with an insane computer and confront the mysterious alien artifact of the Monolith in Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Probe a planet-encompassing and utterly alien being whose impenetrable intelligence probes you in turn in Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris.
Free of the yoke of plausibility, fantasy literature is constrained only by the limits of the author’s imagination. With deft prose and convincing characterization, fantasy literature suspends disbelief in fantastical events and settings, instilling the reader with a compelling faith in the magical or supernatural.
Travel with haflings, humans, an elf, and a dwarf on an epic quest to destroy a ring of great and malevolent power in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Return to the Hyborian Age and behold the exploits of the superlative warrior Conan the Cimmerian in Robert E. Howard’s Conan stories. Revel in forbidden knowledge and recoil from cosmic horror in H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. Witness the struggles and violence of aristocratic families vying for the Iron Throne of Westeros in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
Science fiction and fantasy literature explore the human condition in extremis, uncovering adventures lost to memory in our distant past and revealing undreamt possibilities in our future.