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Science Fiction is a favorite genre for many students when they reach middle school. Have you met adults who avidly read Sci-Fi? When asked most of them can remember the very first titles and series they ever read usually around 9 years of age. You can see the lists I’ve scrabbled together below, but what do you offer those third and fourth graders who want science-fiction?

Stone Arch Books has three collections totally 30 titles currently that have the Sci-Fi tab. You can go to their website and search by genre for the all the different collections. Many of these are high interest low reading titles to enable all students to explore this genre. 

Compass Point books  publishes Write Your Own Science Fiction Story

Science Fiction Titles that may be in your library already:
Michael J. Daley’s Space Station Rat
Brainboy and the Deathmaster by Tor Seidler
K.A. Applegate’s The Remnants series
The Fungus That Ate My School by Arthur Dorros (okay, I admit it’s a picture book)
John Christopher’s Tripod Trilogy (The White Mountains, The City of Gold and Lead, The Pool of Fire)
Turning Place by Jean Karl
The ten-volume Planet Builders series (though it could be more adventure)
Bruce Coville’s My Teacher is an Alien Series (fantasy or sci-fi?)
William Sleator’s Interstellar Pig
Heir Apparent
by Vivian Vande Velde
Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game and sequels
Jane Yolen’s Pig Dragon books
Sylvia Waugh’s Earthborn, Space Race, and Who Goes Home?
Debra Doyle and James D. McDonald’s Groogleman
Aliens for Breakfast
by Jonathan Etra
Lois Lowry’s The Giver
The Green Book by Jill Paton Walsh
Kathleen Duey (read her blog) and Robert Gold’s Time Soldiers series
My Brother, the Robot by Bonny Becker
My Robot Buddy by Alfred Slote
We Are Friends by Eve Feldman
Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time series for it’s time-traveling
The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

Possibly more appropriate for Middle School or Young Adults?
Rosemary Kirstein’s The Steerswoman’s Road, The Outskirter’s Secret, and The Lost Steersman
The Keeper of the Isis Light by Monica Hughes
Steven L. Layne’s Mergers and This Side of Paradise
Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies, Pretties, Specials (now available as a 3-volume set)
Arthur C. Clarke – Against the Fall of Night
Michael J. Daley’s Shanghaied to the Moon
James Patterson’s Maximum Ride series
D.A. by Connie Willis
The Fire-Us Trilogy by Jennifer Armstrong
The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick
Author: Nancy Farmer
Author: Theodore Sturgeon
Author: Clifford Simak
Author: John Wyndham
Stephen Baxter’s The H-Bomb Girl
Julie Bertagna’s Zenith
Joan Lennon’s Questors
Oisin McGann’s Ancient Appetites
Oisin McGann’s Small Minded Giants
Phillip Reeve’s Starcross
The Gideon Trilogy by Linda Buckley-Archer
John Joseph Adams edited the anthology Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse
George’s Secret Key to the Universe
by Stephen Hawking and Lucy Hawking

Other Lists online:
W. Wood Harter’s list on’s listamania
L.A. Somerville "Gabby Girl’s" list including many titles for YA and adults
John Joseph Adams’ Post-Apocalyptic Fiction list 
AASL blog entry on YALSA and Sci-Fi

WOW! I almost forgot to remind you to check Orbit Books including their UK and US divisions. They are one of the largest publishers of science fiction titles. You can go to Orbit Books new blog for up-to-date info and check out their parent company Hatchette Group to see the 40 US and Little, Brown UK to see the 70 UK titles published yearly. 

One title that I am anxiously waiting for is Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. I love teen techno-geeks. I still am a techno-geek. Throw in some resistance to Homeland Security and police states and I’m interested.

Questions that come to mind: What exactly is steampunk and is it fantasy or sci-fi? I’ve heard it described as author’s imaginary worlds coming to life, but I need more info.

What titles are you anxiously awaiting?