"Out of This World" Science Fiction Books
Take a scientific fact or theory, add a futuristic or other-worldly setting, stir in an imaginative plot and fascinating characters, and a science fiction novel emerges from the cosmic mix. The best authors of science fiction turn a "what if?" into a "why not?" If, after reading one of the following selections, your present world starts to look a bit different to you, then the author has succeeded. Be careful. You may become "hooked" on the endless possibilities of science fiction.
The Worst Band in the Universe
All AgesBy Graeme Base
Harry N. Abrams, Inc. ISBN: 0-8109-3998-3, $19.95
Alien fantasies come and go, but this one has focus. Base has created a universe where music, or the lack thereof, separates the planets and gives them their distinct personalities. It's all about freedom of musical expression, as Sprocc, a young Splingtwanger-player enters the annual competition for Worst Band in the Universe, a true award of honor.
The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet
Ages 7-10 yrs.By Eleanor Cameron
Little Brown & Co (Juv Pap); Reprint edition (October 1988)
ISBN: 0316125407, $7.95
An early classic in children's science fiction, the story concerns two young boys who take off to a "nearby" planet in their homemade spaceship. The tiny planet is in dire trouble, and the boys are recruited to save it from certain galactic extinction. Mr. Bass and the Mushroom People are unforgettable, and the appeal of the adventures is timeless.
Ages 7-11 yrs.By Dick King-Smith
Random House (Merchandising); Reprint edition (February 1997) ISBN: 067988551X, $4.99
Living on a farm in the English countryside, Harriet one day discovers a perfectly flattened circle in the wheat field. She is abruptly introduced to an alien from the planet Pars, who has taken on the form of a hare. Harriet and the “hare” form an amiable bond, and the dreary summer becomes a magical adventure.
Ages 8-12 yrs.By Sylvia Waugh
Delacorte Press; (September 10, 2002) ISBN: 0385900600, $17.99
Reprinted with the permission of the Parents' Choice Foundation. © Copyright 2012 Parents' Choice Foundation. All rights reserved.
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