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Friday, June 18, 2010

Science Fiction – Part II


Depending on the source, science fiction aficionados and academics divide the genre into a multitude of sub-categories. Dr. Agatha Tamorina, professor emerita of English at Northern Virginia Community College lists six: cyberpunk, hard science fiction, soft science fiction, space opera and young adult science fiction. Here’s an example of each:

Cyperpunk
River of Gods by Ian McDonald

Hard Science Fiction
Dune by Frank Herbert

Science Fantasy
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Soft Science Fiction
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin

Space Opera
Startide Rising by David Brin

Young Adult Science Fiction
Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein

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