Oh, I’ve read some classics, but I’ve never really counted them as sci-fi. Zamyatin’s “We,” Orwell’s “1984,” and Huxley’s “Brave New World” all seemed to me to focus so much on social commentary that I never stopped to think that such works could be considered a part of the genre. Maybe this is because such books are taken seriously, whereas most of academia seems to have not much more of a response than some nervous laughter when it comes to sci-fi and fantasy.
As a kid, I loved Star Wars. I still do, but ever since episodes I-III came out, I’ve distanced myself from the franchise. There was a point where I had read nearly all of the Star Wars books, at which point I took a hiatus to wait for more to be written. However, I got tired of waiting for the eventual defeat of the Yuuzhan Vong and moved on to reading great works of literature written by dead Russians.
After reading your recommendations, I decided to give sci-fi another chance. I jotted down a list of seven or eight books, assuming that the library would have two or three of them. I was wrong. They had none. Zip. Zero. Zilch. So, I picked up some random books. I’m not sure what they all are, but I shall post my thoughts when I have read them.
Another interesting question that came up as I was searching the library–Where does fantasy end and sci-fi begin? What are the hard lines of the genre? According to the internet, sci-fi constitutes the possible yet improbable, whereas fantasy is strictly speaking impossible. What happens, then, when you get into time travel, multiple dimensions, and dragons? I’m not certain that the two are mutually exclusive.