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 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 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!
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.
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.
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 has some amazing resources when it comes to celebrating science fiction and fantasy.
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 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.
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!
Charlie Jane Anders
Robert Jackson Bennett
Jennifer Marie Brissett
Lois McMaster Bujold
Octavia E. Butler
Orson Scott Card
P. Djélí Clark
Arthur C. Clarke
James S.A. Corey
Samuel R. Delany
Philip K. Dick
Peter F. Hamilton
Robert A. Heinlein
Veronica G. Henry
Ursula K. Le Guin
Suyi Davies Okungbowa
Kim Stanley Robinson
Na'amen Gobert Tilahun
Ben H. Winters