Stories have existed since the beginning of time. They can teach through morals, they can excite with daring scenes of war and everything in between. One of the genres that have informed the world around it is science fiction. Science fiction books can encompass parallel worlds, apocalyptic times, and even just a glimpse into a possible future. The machines and adventures found in the novels of Jules Verne were reality one hundred years in the future. What other genre can claim such feat?
Science fiction is a sub genre of fantasy. If this does not make immediate sense, remember that fantasy stories have always existed and they eventually evolved to include scientific elements. The Minotaur of yesterday is the genetically modified human animal hybrid of today. The fun of these stories comes from the investigation of what if?
This question is at the heart of many novels, but for this particular kind of story what if can have a basis in fact. Many authors will research a subject for years and allow their imaginations to take a kind of technology and imagine where it can go without having to spend time in a lab or developing the real thing.
The products and images found in these books can be especially inspiring. The young minds that devour tales of space travel and alien worlds can grow up to be one of the greatest minds in astronomy. With these stories you can take something from the page and turn it into reality. It is almost predictive in its power.
While some may sneer at the genre, its power cannot be denied. There are many authors pushing forward and creating stories that can pull the imagination into its grasp. If you don't know where to start when it comes to finding the right books to read, its best to start with the top tier.
The handful of top writers is a great place to start and online you will find forums for these books and recommendations will be easy to find. Also, what are you interested in? Do you want to explore a world that is nothing like your own? Do you want to live through an apocalyptic world and see what it takes to survive in this brave new world?
Let your interests be your guide and give in, with no preconceptions you may just find a new favorite book. There is no limit to what can be written when it comes to these tales so don't limit yourself when exploring the field.