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Science Fiction

What is Science Fiction?

Oxford Dictionary Definition:



  1. fiction based on imagined future scientific or technological advances and major social or environmental changes, frequently portraying space or time travel and life on other planets.




What is Alternate History? Alternate History is a sub-genre of Science and Speculative Fiction. It includes true historical events where one aspect, event or historical figure is changed; and how in trn that affects the world as we know it. A What If? of the litterary world.

Julie's Favourite:

The Left-Handed Booksellers Of London

Garth Nix

This ABIA award-winning fantasy adventure set in 1980s London follows one girl's quest to find her father, leading her to a secret society of magical fighting booksellers who police the mythical Old World when it disastrously intrudes into the modern world.

WINNER: 2021 ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children 

Eighteen-year-old art student Susan Arkshaw arrives in London in search of her father. But before she can question crime boss Frank Thringley he's turned to dust by the prick of a silver hatpin in the hands of the outrageously attractive Merlin. Merlin is one of the youngest members of a secret society of booksellers with magical powers who police the mythic Old World wherever it impinges on the New World - in addition to running several bookshops, of course! Merlin also has a quest of his own: to find the Old World entity who arranged the murder of his mother. Their investigations attract attention from enemies of the Old and New Worlds. Soon they become involved in an even more urgent task to recover the grail that is the source of the left-handed booksellers' power, before it is used to destroy the booksellers and rouse the hordes of the mythic past. As the search for the grail becomes strangely intertwined with both their quests, they start to wonder... Is Susan's long-lost father a bookseller, or something altogether more mysterious?


What is the Space Opera sub-genre? Space Operas usually entail stories that are action packed adventures that occur mainly in space or on a galactic scale. They usually include alien planets, space travel, war and politics with mulitple POV's (Point Of View characters) or storylines. A famous example of Space Opera is the Star Wars franchise.