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Science Fiction


09/30/2019

That’s it… the geeks have finally won! No longer relegated to drug-store paperback spinner racks, the science fiction and fantasy genres are undergoing a huge cultural surge right now, and we have the books, movies, television shows, and graphic novels to prove it. Not only do we have the content at the Library to keep you satisfied, Indianapolis has several unique resources and conventions to keep you in a fantasy world all year round.


Science Fiction and Fantasy Resources at your Library

Science fiction and fantasy are two rich genres with a lot of room for subgenres and different types of character and story. Check out these lists made by our expert readers here in the library on just a few of the different types of science fiction and fantasy.

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In addition to books of science fiction and fantasy, the library also has many great works about science fiction and fantasy. This list of general reference type resources will help you find your next series, keep you up to date on the latest short fiction, or help you while away the hours learning about the books and movies you love.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Reference and Resources

Science fiction and fantasy have a rich background and literary tradition. The following resources explore the history and the themes of science fiction and fantasy, as well as providing notable short fiction or helping readers find longer fiction for every taste. This is just a small sampling of the sf&f reference resources available, so be sure to check out the catalog or ask your librarian for more! #indypladults #indyplteens IndyPL_CarriG

How Great Science Fiction Works

This is the first of a 24 episode streaming series on Kanopy video about science ficiton. Narrated by well-known scholar and critic Gary K. Wolfe, whose name is familiar to you if you are a regular reader of Locus magazine, the series explores not just the history of the genre but themes as well. This is part of the Great Courses series on literature and language.

NEBULA AWARDS SHOWCASE 2019

Moreno-Garcia, Silvia (EDT)/ Wells, Martha/ Robson, Kelly/ Prasad, Vina

The Nebula awards are voted on by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America members, so this is a group of writers deemed awesome by other writers. It includes the stories that won the awards and also ones that were nominated. Published yearly since 1966, this anthology is an easy and fun way to stay current on what's happening in science fiction and fantasy writing.

Sci-fi Chronicles

A Visual History of the Galaxy's Greatest Science Fiction

A browsable, colorful look at the history of science fiction (and some fantasy) with inforgraphics, essays, and images. Includes timelines and profiles of popular authors and creators, in-depth look at popular television shows, and genre definitions. As with most books on pop culture that claim to talk about all kinds of media, television shows and movies predominate, but there are many mentions of books, authors, and even video games.


Indianapolis Science Fiction Resources

Indianapolis has some amazing resources when it comes to celebrating science fiction and fantasy.

  • The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library is in the process of renovating their new building, and is currently operating a pop-up shop in the Circle Center Mall downtown. Despite their current transient nature (so it goes…) their website is still chock full of information and resources about the legendary writer.
  • The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies on IUPUI’s campus is another extraordinary resource we are lucky to have in our city. Founded in 2007 by Dr. Jonathan Eller, the Center contains tons (literal tons) of Bradbury resources, including manuscripts, the author’s personal copies of magazines his stories were published in, drafts, notes, correspondence, recordings, personal artifacts such as his personal typewriters, photographs, and way too much more to list. Contact the Center at bradbury@iupui.edu to arrange a tour.
  • If you don’t mind a short road trip, head southwest to hit up the Who North America store in Camby, Indiana. Not only do they sell Dr. Who related merchandise, they have a museum of Dr. Who memorabilia, some items dating from when the show began in the UK over 50 years ago. There is a rumor that they even have a Dr. Who pinball machine. A must for any Whovian!

Indianapolis Science Fiction and Fantasy Conventions

Looking to have some fun and meet other fans of science fiction and fantasy? Indianapolis is home to many gatherings of fans from all over the globe.

  • If you are purely interested in fiction you might want to try InConJunction, a local science fiction and fantasy convention put on and run by fans. Past guests include George RR Martin, Timothy Zahn, Tobias Buckell, and Mercedes Lackey.
  • GenCon focuses more on games than on fiction, but of course they host some amazing authors thanks to their Writer’s Symposium series. Robin Hobb, Cherie Priest, Scott Lynch, Elizabeth Hand, Patrick Rothfuss, John Scalzi, Jo Walton, and Brandon Sanderson have all made appearances there.
  • If you are more interested in science fiction and fantasy television and movies, then save up for Indy Popcon and the Indiana Comic Convention! Both conventions feature panels about varied topics in sf&f, and include visits from some of your favorite actors and creators. Shiny!

Online Science Fiction and Fantasy Resources

If instead, you would rather stay at home and not interact with people in real life, there are luckily several places on the internet (beyond Goodreads and Twitter) that encourage reasoned discussion on all things fantastical or futuristic.

  • Tor.com is the place to go if you are looking for places on the web to learn more about science fiction and fantasy books, join a community of readers, or read original short fiction by well-known authors for free. Though created by the science fiction and fantasy publishing giant, the Tor site includes work on books from other publishers as well. Chapter by chapter rereads with commentary of beloved series like the Wheel of Time and the Vorkosigan saga, essays by fiction luminaries like Jo Walton, tons of original short fiction, and a free monthly ebook if you sign up for their ebook club make tor.com a fun and rewarding site for any level of fan.
  • Locus magazine is considered the trade magazine for the science fiction, fantasy, and horror field. It has everything from exhaustive lists of new releases, to author interviews, reports on conferences, writing workshops, industry events, and award ceremonies. Pages and pages of book reviews every month ensure you will never miss out on the best new thing. If you can’t make it down to the Central Library’s third floor in person to grab the physical copy of their magazine, their website contains much of the same content.
  • Fantastic Fiction is the perfect site if you are looking for the full bibliography of an author you are reading. With lists organized neatly and easily into series and links from author to their pseudonyms, it is an easy and quick way to find that next book.
  • Lastly, Novelist is the place librarians go to help someone find their next favorite book to read – and you can use it to! You will just need a valid Indianapolis Public Library card number. The great thing about Novelist is you can type in an author or book you enjoy and the database will generate lists of similar books or authors you may enjoy, based either on expert recommendations or similar appeal factors.

These are just some of the many resources available to Nap-town residents. Be sure to check the library’s website periodically for events, author signings, and new titles. And may the nerds continue to reign supreme for a long time to come!