Finding the best science fiction books for you and me
February 8, 2015
When I'm searching through a bookstore (well let's be honest - Amazon) for some great science fiction books, I find it is almost an impossible task to find what I'm looking for.
We lovers of science fiction books are discriminating aficionados not unlike wine or craft beer lovers. There are layers to what we like, and there's no good way to distinguish those layers in the marketplace.
Space operas with broad sweeping tales. Fantastical otherworlds with alien races co-mingling with humans. Apocalyptic warnings of our own downfall. Alternate history accounts of NASA missions. All of this technically qualifies as "science fiction" and most of it has very little to do with any scientific accuracy. (And don't get me started on how everyone lumps in "fantasy" with "science fiction" because I think they are two totally distinct genres!)
So what is it that I'm looking for? When I want a good science fiction book, I want stories of the present and the future that are grounded in what I know today. I want to see what's possible (both good and bad). I want stories that make me think. What I also realized is that I want science fiction books that would make great science fiction movies. And that's what I've looked for when searching for new stories to share with you.
One of the things I loved about First Fleet when Steve Case first shared it with me was the element of space horror that reminded me of Ridley Scott's Alien. The Alien franchise is one of my favorites, and the Weyland-Yutani corporation and its power scares me almost as much as the aliens do. It doesn't seem all that implausible of a future to have an all knowing "Company" who controls and owns everyone.
First Fleet has similar recognizable elements with political newsfeeds becoming twisted as propoganda and military information withheld for power (rather than security) reasons. I hope you'll enjoy the winks and nods to our own society that Stephen has woven into his series, and I invite any readers to share their thoughts and feedback for not only this series, but for what other types of science fiction books they would like to see. Thanks!