Dec 18, 2020

National Science Fiction Day - January 2

National Science Fiction Day is unofficially celebrated by many science fiction fans in the United States onNational Science Fiction Day.png January 2, which corresponds with the official birthdate of famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov.

Grant Wood Area Education Agency has a wide range of science fiction resources available in its Media Center. Many options are available in physical or digital media.

  • The Ancient Formula: A Mystery With Fractions -- Students of Sifu Faiza’s Kung Fu School use their knowledge of fractions as they try to discover what happened to Leung Jan’s long-lost healing formula.
  • Allegiant: Book and Audio Book -- The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she's known, Tris is ready. Book copyright 2013. Unabridged.
  • The Bionic Bunny Show: DVD -- The feature book traces a day in the life of Wilbur, the rabbit, who portrays the Bionic Bunny in the television show. Television shows are second nature to LeVar who is a star in his own right as Lieutenant Geordi LaForge on "Star Trek, the Next Generation". At a taping of a Star Trek episode, LeVar explains about editing and television production. Book copyright 1988. This item is NOT cleared for electronic distribution.
  • El Libro Del Tapiz Iluminado (The Book of the Illuminated Tapestry): ELL Curriculum -- Ligelia, Demetrio, Roxana, and Samuel are not only friends, but also each of them has separately seen the design of a beautiful tapestry. Each of them have been contacted by a strange being that tells them lame, ironic jokes. It turns out that this stranger is an emissary from the Tenebrae, malevolent beings who wish to eradicate difference from the world! This novel combines philosophical discussions about differentiation and unity with everything that exists in an intriguing trans-dimensional science-fiction story.
  • The Giver: A Graphic Novel -- "Based on the novel by Lois Lowry." Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives. (30 copies)

This list barely scratches the surface of what’s available in the Grant Wood AEA Media Center! Other science fiction titles include the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Frankenstein by Mary Shelly, and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (and many more!). Click Here to search the online catalog.

Emily Burmeister, a literacy consultant at Grant Wood AEA, shares her top ten favorite science fiction novels for middle school and high school students. These titles include:

Space Case - Stuart Gibbs
Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
Legend - Mary Lu
Unwind - Neal Shusterman
I Am Number Four - Pittacus Lore
Life as We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer
Divergent - Veronica Roth
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeline L'Engle
The Giver - Lois Lowry
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins