May 2, 2012

The Paranormal World of Science Fiction

One of the earliest books of science fiction was the Gothic novel 'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley in the year 1818. It tells the story of a failed science experiment that unleashed a monster on a rampage. Other notable early writers of science fiction novels were H. G. Wells, Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback, who are together known as 'The Fathers of Science Fiction'.

H. G. Wells is well known for 'The Time Machine', 'The Invisible Man' and 'The War of the Worlds'. He was the one who set the bar for everyone and his works remain untarnished even after the passage of a century. Jules Verne was another pioneer of science fiction books, who published his first work around the time HG Wells was born. He is best known for his science fiction novels 'Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea' and the 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth'. Hugo Gernsback is another significant contributor to science fiction. He is best remembered for publishing the first ever magazine devoted to science fiction and it is in his honour that the annual Science Fiction Achievement Awards are named the 'Hugos'.

But, however, the Golden Age of science fiction is widely recognised as the period from the late 1930s through the 1950s. The primary theme during this period concerned larger than life heroes fixing problems. Some extremely influential science fiction authors who sprang up during the Golden Age were Arthur C. Clarke (2001, A Space Odyssey), Isaac Asimov (Foundation trilogy), Ray Bradbury (Martian Chronicles) and Robert Heinlein (Stranger in a Strange Land).

The post Golden Age period also spawned some books of Science Fiction which will stand the test of time. One such book was 'Dune' written by Frank Herbert in 1966. It is still widely regarded as one of he world's best selling science fiction novels and won the Hugo award and the Nebula award for best novel. It had a fan following that rivalled that of 'The Lord of the Rings'. Yet another outstanding creation was the 'Ender's Game' written by American author Orson Scott Card. This also notably won both the Hugo award and the Nebula award in the year 1985 and tops the 'Best Science Fiction book ever' opinion poll in the famous social networking site 'Goodreads'.

The start of the 21st century has delivered with it a staggering quantity of science fiction books. Strangely enough, a lot of the fictitious works were tailored for the silver screen. A string of novels by Michael Crichton - Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Congo and the Timeline were made into movies. Also, 'The Time Traveller's Wife' by Audrey Niffenegger is a critically acclaimed book that was released as a feature film. 'I Robot', 'Angels and Demons','The Hunger Games' are all present day books of science fiction and are also internationally acclaimed bestsellers.

With the volume of science fiction books pouring into book shops from all corners, 'sci-fi ' devotees needn't worry. Science Fiction is certainly secure in the skilled hands of our present crop of authors who write science fiction books. Find a great selection of science fiction books at the best prices available at

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