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Science Fiction Awards Database
"The Science Fiction Awards Database is a rebranding, redesign, and ongoing expansion of the Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards. The site went online in August 2012 with awards listings and individual pages for every nominee (under the Names tab, above) -- and for those with more than a few nominations, separate pages sorted chronologically and alphabetically by title. Additional content supplementing awards data will be added in 2013. "
awards  science_fiction  database  booklists  from delicious
april 2013 by katieday
Welcome to Life « Tom Scott
A science fiction VIDEO short story about what you see when you die. Or: the Singularity, ruined by lawyers.
videos  short_stories  future  fiction  youtube  science_fiction 
june 2012 by katieday
OIHS Little Brother Reading Guide - home
Cory Doctorow: "Ninth graders at Oakland International High School read my novel Little Brother and produced a fantastic school reading kit with chapter summaries, student discussions, student-made comic strips, and further topics for classroom discussion. It's a tremendous piece of work, and I'm grateful to the young people in Sailaja Suresh's class."
literature_guides  wikis  science_fiction  teaching  middle_school  literacy 
may 2011 by katieday
Great voices of science fiction | Books | The Guardian
"In these interviews, recorded between 1987 and 2001, past masters of the genre discuss why they write SF, the future and how 'this thing called the internet' might change the world"
authors  science_fiction  interviews  quotes 
may 2011 by katieday
Nomansland, by Lesley Hauge
Tweens and teens are drawn to dystopian novels and have been for years. I remember being fascinated by dystopian novels as a teenager: Nineteen Eighty Four, Brave New World and The Lord of the Flies. There is something fascinating about delving into an imaginary world of the future where everything seems to be going wrong. If your teen - especially a girl - loved The Hunger Games, you might try looking for Nomansland, a debut novel by Lesley Hauge.
by Lesley Hauge
NY: Henry Holt and Co., 2010
ages 12 - 16
available on Amazon or your local librarySet in a post-apocalyptic dystopian society, Nomansland delves into the inner turmoil of Keller, a young teen, as she struggles with her own values and identity in an oppressive society. In a population made up entirely of women, Keller's society defends itself vigorously against invasion by men from the outside world (yes, the title is supposed to be No-Mans-Land, but it took me a while to get that...). The girls in the society are taught to avoid the seven Pitfalls—Reflection, Decoration, Coquetry, Triviality, Vivacity, Compliance, and Sensuality—and to reject warmth and friendship.

The leaders have created a tough, self-reliant society, and yet allegiance to these values and to the leadership is cracking at all levels. One of Keller"s fellow "Trackers" discovers a buried ruined house of the "Old People." The girls' excitement over the fashion magazines, makeup, and high heels they discover leads first to fascination and soon to peer pressure and a bizarre fashion show. It ends in death and disaster when their repressive, pleasure-hating leaders find out and punish the girls.

Young teens - especially girls - will be fascinated at an outsider's look at our "modern" society with all the trappings of consumer culture on show. This is a novel for reflection on peer pressure, trust, and identity and is not a story for readers who want exciting action.

I would give this to lovers of The Hunger Games and Graceling who are clamoring for more dystopian literature with strong female leads. It is more introspective than either of those, with less plot/drama/action. But interesting premise and compelling story that pulled me through.

The review copy came from my local library. If you make a purchase using the Amazon links on this site, a small portion will go to Great Kid Books (at no cost to you). Thank you for your support.

Review ©2011 Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books.
ages_12+  young_adult  science_fiction  from google
april 2011 by katieday
Science fiction teaches governments—and citizens—how to understand the future of technology. - By Robert J. Sawyer - Slate Magazine
"At the core of science fiction is the notion of extrapolation, of asking, "If this goes on, where will it lead?" And, unlike most scientists who think in relatively short time frames—getting to the next funding deadline, or readying a product to bring to market—we think on much longer scales: not just months and years, but decades and centuries.That said, our job is not to predict the future. Rather, it's to suggest all the possible futures—so that society can make informed decisions about where we want to go. George Orwell's science-fiction classic Nineteen Eighty-Four wasn't a failure because the future it predicted failed to come to pass. Rather, it was a resounding success because it helped us prevent that future. Those wishing to get in on the ground floor of discussing where technology is leading us would do well to heed Alvin Toffler's advice by cracking open a good science-fiction book and joining the conversation."
science_fiction  literature 
february 2011 by katieday
Cybils Finalists
I'm just back to my computer after a few days away, and by now the Cybils shortlists are old news (five days is practically an eternity in blog time). Still, as Literacy Evangelist for the Cybils, I would be remiss if I didn't point you to the full set of shortlists at the Cybils blog.

Our dedicated nominating committee panelists worked their way through 939 selections, winnowing the lists down to 72 finalists across the nine categories (some broken further into sub-categories). The lists are eclectic and surprising, filled with high-profile titles as well as hidden gems. There have been concerns raised about the lack of diversity in the shortlists, but I think that this is more a reflection of the industry as a whole than of the selections made by the participants. In any event, the Cybils shortlists are a wonderful resource. Each category includes five to seven titles judged to be both kid-friendly and well-written.

This year, I'll be judging in the Fantasy & Science Fiction (Middle Grade) category. I was one of several last-minute additions when the volume of submissions necessitated a split into two judging panels (as explained here by organizer Sheila Ruth). I was happy to be included, and to be able to help. Here are the books that I'll be reading over the next few weeks:

11 Birthdaysby Wendy MassScholasticNominated by: Maggi Idzikowski

Dreamdark: Silksinger (Faeries of Dreamdark)by Laini TaylorPutnam JuvenileNominated by: Melissa

Farwalker's Quest, Theby Joni SenselBloomsbury USANominated by: Joan Stradling

Odd and the Frost Giantsby Neil GaimanHarperCollinsNominated by: Susan the Librarian Pirate

Prince of Fenway Park, Theby Julianna BaggottHarperCollinsNominated by: Doret

Serial Garden, The: The Complete Armitage Family Stories (Junior Library Guild Selection)by Joan AikenBig Mouth HouseNominated by: Charlotte

Where the Mountain Meets the Moonby Grace LinLittle, BrownNominated by: EM

Winners will be announced on February 14th.
Awards  Late_Elementary_School  Newsletter  book_awards  cybils  fantasy  science_fiction  from google
january 2010 by katieday
Design Fiction: A Short Essay on Design, Science, Fact and Fiction
"Design Fiction is making things that tell stories. It’s like science-fiction in that the stories bring into focus certain matters-of-concern, such as how life is lived, questioning how technology is used and its implications, speculating bout the course
fiction  science_fiction  science  design  future  essays  imported_from_delicious 
december 2009 by katieday
Boing Boing Gift Guide 2009: FICTION
an interesting list of fiction -- especially science fiction -- best of from 2009
2009  best_of  fiction  science_fiction  imported_from_delicious  booklists 
december 2009 by katieday
Guernica / Breaking into the Spell -- Interview with Ursula Le Guin
<< "Most recently, my three books of the Annals of the Western Shore have been ignored by both the science fiction community and the literary critics, because they are published as “young adult.” The label YA actually means nothing except that the protago
interview  literary_criticism  genres  science_fiction  ya_lit  literature  fiction  authors  imported_from_delicious 
september 2009 by katieday
p40y -- the world in 40 years' time?
a blog started in Jan 2009 which is purportedly being written in Jan 2049.. interesting imaginative projection into our possible future... A blog which is an ongoing science fiction creation....
future  blogs  creativity  writing  predictions  science_fiction  imported_from_delicious 
january 2009 by katieday
Economic science fiction - Paul Krugman Blog - NYTimes.com
discussion (especially in the Comments) of which science fiction novels feature economics in the best way
books  economics  science_fiction  imported_from_delicious 
november 2008 by katieday
Reading for the Future
Encouraging literacy through Speculative Fiction A teachers and librarian resource site
science_fiction  childrens_lit  teaching  imported_from_delicious 
november 2005 by katieday

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