LOTS OF EBOOKS. 100 % FREE

Welcome to your friendly neighborhood library. We have more than 50,000 free ebooks waiting to be discovered.

FREE AND DISCOUNTED BESTSELLERS

Join 150,000+ fellow readers. Get free and discounted bestsellers straight to your inbox with the ManyBooks eBook deals newsletter. Signup now

The Ultimate Guide to Free eBooks

Not sure what to read next? Explore our catalog of public domain books with our editors. Some real gems are hidden in our library. Read more

Recently Answered Questions

(view all)
Interesting answer by Ryan up above, but I'm afraid that I'm going to have to disagree with almost everything they said lol. While I would have nothing against the genres they mentioned popping up again, I don't think we are going to see a big resurgence. Instead, these are the directions that I believe the science fiction genre is heading into for 2019 and beyond.

Politics - Yes, I know, science fiction stories has always been political, but I think 2019 is the year where it will really start to surge to the forefront again. We have already seen it beginning last year, with anthologies like "Resist: Tales from a Future Worth Fighting Against" as edited by Gary Whitta, Christie Yant and Hugh Howey. It features twenty-seven well-known science fiction authors contributing stories where they warn about what the future would be like if the world continues on its current political course. Not only are the stories very political, but the book is also used as a tool for political activism as proceeds from its sales went to the American Civil Liberties Union. This also brings me to the second trend that I predict for the science fiction genre this year.

Social Justice - Yes, I know that social justice and politics goes hand in hand, but books can also be about the one without veering too far towards the other. Not only are we seeing more marginalized authors rising to prominance in the genre, but the stories are also more focussed on ecomic and racial inequality. Once again, these are not topics that are new to science fiction, but for a while they were washed out by stories of robots and space ships and artifical intelligences. Movies like Black Panther and Captain Marvel are paving the way in cinemas, but I think books will carry the strongest messages.

LGBTQ Themes - There has long been a belief that the science fiction genre is aimed squarely at straight, male readership, but we have been seeing a large shift in recent years with things really taking off in 2019, I think. Science Fiction gives authors the freedom to tackle themes of sexual bias without being tethered to the heteronormative cultural assumptions that the world has been saddled with for so long. Authors like Joanna Russ, Charlie Jane Anders, Melissa Scott and others have long been vocal advocates for a more inclusive future for science fiction and I think this year and beyond will see the floodgates open even further.

These are just my personal predictions for what topics will be trending in 2019, but so far it looks like I'm right. It is certainly a very exciting time for fans of the genre as it is being wrenched away from the elite few who have been clinging to it and trying to stop it from evolving and shifting towards the masses.
You can look at just about any popular book franchise to see that they have a real-life impact amongst their hardcore fans. Whether it is naming their children and pets after their favorite characters or getting tattoos of scenes or symbols described in the books, these examples are everywhere. If you need any famous examples, I can think of a few actually.

The Culture Series - Iain M. Banks. Banks is a Scottish author who is known for his science fiction books, particularly the very popular "Culture" series. The books are about the "Culture" which is pretty much a society that is made up of humans, aliens and artificial intelligences that co-exist peacefully. Banks himself described this setup as space socialism as everyone who is party of the Culture have access to virtually whatever they want and don't have to work for it. The second Culture novel, The Player of Games, was published in 1988 and featured ships named "Of Course I Still Love You" and "Just Read the Instructions." As anyone who has watched the SpaceX launches will know, these are also the names that Elon Musk gave to the two autonomous spaceport drone ships that he used. Musk is not the only one who have paid homage to the Culture novels either. The Five Deeps Expedition, which is the world's first manned expedition to the deepest point in each of the five oceans, named their submersible the DSV Limiting Factor and its mother ship, the DSSV Pressure Drop. Both of these names come from ships in the Culture novels.
I absolutely love how inclusive books have become in recent years, not only in terms of the diversity of the authors who now write, but also with the characters that they are able to come up with. Disability is something that is taking a bit longer to become mainstream in literature, but just like LGBTQ characters, I think it is something that is going to gain momentum. I make a point of only reading diverse books, so I have come across a few of them that have disabled characters in the lead. Here are my recommendations if you are interested in reading about really interesting protagonists who have to deal with some kind of disability in their lives.