January 2nd is National Science Fiction Day.
The date corresponds to science fiction writer Isaac Asimov’s birthday*. Asimov won over a dozen annual awards and a half dozen lifetime awards for his writing. He also received 14 honorary doctorate degrees from universities. His “Foundation” trilogy is regarded by many as the greatest science fiction series ever written. Asimov is always at the top of the list for best SF writers.
What is Science fiction?
It’s a genre of fiction based on imagined futuristic scientific or technological advances and major social or environmental changes, frequently portraying space or time travel and life on other planets.
How to celebrate:
- Read a science fiction book: suggestions — The Foundation Universe, Stranger in a Strange Land, A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Brave New World, Slaughterhouse-Five, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, The Martian Chronicles, The Time Machine
- See a science fiction movie: suggestions — Soylent Green, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Alien, Blade Runner, E.T., Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Fifth Element, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Mars Attacks!, The Last Starfighter
- Watch a science fiction TV show: suggestions — Firefly, The X-Files, Farscape, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Futurama , Fringe, The Outer Limits, Battlestar Galactica, Life on Mars, Babylon 5, Jericho, Continuum
- Write a science fiction short story
Tell us the best science fiction book, movie, and/or TV show out there! Are you going to write a story?
*Asimov, Isaac. In Memory Yet Green. “The date of my birth, as I celebrate it, was January 2, 1920. It could not have been later than that. It might, however, have been earlier. Allowing for the uncertainties of the times, of the lack of records, of the Jewish and Julian calendars, it might have been as early as October 4, 1919. There is, however, no way of finding out. My parents were always uncertain and it really doesn’t matter. I celebrate January 2, 1920, so let it be.”