Well, here it is.
You asked for a post by my daughter: and she has delighted in writing it. Here’s her take on three very distinct genres….
Hi, everyone! It’s Maddie Shrewsday here, and I am on the blog as a guest; I hope that by the end of this science fiction identifier, you’ll be able to tell distopian, Utopian, post- apocalyptic fiction apart. Hope you enjoy this!
I love this genre; it’s so depressing, but weirdly intriguing too. Dystopian is basically a bad future; but the world in still civilised, so there’s still a recognisable society. This has become really popular with teenagers, and young adults. And, I hear you say, which book is responsible for this?
The Hunger Games. And, in my opinion, this book is the best dystopian novel I’ve ever read. In this book (as half of you probably already know!) we meet Katniss, the sparky, clever, fierce, kick-butt girl, from the deprived community of District Twelve. Another book that really got Dystopian famous, and, really, gave it its name, is George Orwell’s 1984, in which Big Brother, the face on a T.V screen everywhere, and ‘the party’ try to eliminate all creativity and indipendence of Oceania, the future nation.
And, before we go, I simply have to mention Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. A future where humans are bred for different purposes; some for cleaning, some for performing lowly tasks, others with slightly more developed mind. And this is the chilling part; no-one questions authority, becase they can’t. Their minds are developed specifically so that they can’t question authority. So everyone’s happy.
The very oposite of dystopian, and yet, with a few eerie parts; these are set in a perfect society, a perfect world. There aren’t that many of these books around, so I can’t really give you very many examples, but Erewhon is one; This is a weird genre, as it has so many sub-genres, which I could spend a whole blog-post on.
This is a very hard-to-read genre; fiction set after a cataclysmic event, for example, a nuclear war, or a cosmic phenomena. There is a very thin line between dystopian and post apocalyptic, but post apocalyptic is set after the end of the world, or ‘an apocalypse.’ Humanity is slowly grinding to a hault, and those few survivors of the apocalypse a scattered to the ends of the earth. On The Beach , by Nevil Shute, is post-apocalyptic, and it examines the dilemmas of a man whose family are dying, and who knows that the entire of humanity will be dead soon. Also, The last American, a story of a man who is the last human inhabiting North America, is probably one of the hardest novels to read. The City of Ember, too- a city underground, as a refuge for humanity, who are slowly running out of electricity, and are soon forced out into the open, after a nuclear war 200 years before. Less heavy, but still very poigniant
I wouldn’t recommened this if you don’t like heavy books, as this is a haunting genre. Not for the faint hearted, not for young readers!
This is my favourite science-fiction genre- a bit of a wild card, to take your mind off the depressing dystopian novels, and post apocalyptic. This is a mix of science and magic; a fusion of magic and technology. Terry Pratchett’s hilarious Discworld series is a perfect example; Also, my favourite film, The Fifth Element is Magitek, in which ‘the perfect being’ has to be reconstructed from a DNA sample, to save the world from approaching doom…..
So, that was Maddie’s science fiction workshop.Thanks for reading!