LIFE BEYOND EARTH: THE POWER OF SCI-FI
Ever since the first humans turned their eyes to the heavens and wondered who or what might share the vast universe with them, mankind has been fascinated with the question of life on other worlds. Although in recent years scientists have expended considerable resources to answer the question once and for all, science fiction writers have traditionally led the way in positing the state of life beyond our own small planet.
Although many credit Jules Verne with being the “father” of science fiction and there is no doubt that his contribution was significant, through books like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1869), From the Earth to the Moon (1865), and The Mysterious Island (1875), that does not mean that he was the first to venture into that milieu.
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15 CLASSIC SCI-FI NOVELS THAT WERE REJECTED
cience fiction’s greatest authors have brilliant ideas, storytelling mojo… and plenty of stubbornness. Many of the field’s greatest writers were buried in rejection slips, before they finally broke in. Here are 15 classic novels that publishers didn’t want to touch.
1) The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (1897)
This alien invasion classic was rejected by publishers before it was serialized in Pearson’s Magazine in 1897. One publisher’s rejection letter described the book as “An endless nightmare. I do not believe it would ‘take’…I think the verdict would be ‘Oh, don’t read that horrid book.'” Also, Wells’ The Time Machine was rejected by one publisher with the note that it was “not interesting enough for the general reader and not thorough enough for the scientific reader.”
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TEENS SCROSS U.S. CHOOSE THEIR FAVORITE BOOK
The votes are in, and teens across the U.S. have chosen Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins as their favorite book in the annual Teens’ Top Ten vote, as sponsored by the American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).
Catching Fire is the second book in Collins’ best-selling Hunger Games series. It won the Teens’ Top Ten vote after teens cast more than 8,000 votes online between August 23rd and September 17th.
The list of ten books was revealed today as part of the ALA’s Teen Read Week, going on now.
- “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins
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What is your favorite Young Adult book? Which book do you think deserves to be on this list?