By Betsey, Collections Development
When I am worried about the world I read science fiction. For me, science fiction is inherently optimistic – it says we will survive, maybe even flourish! We will get through this, we will meet other species, encounter other worlds and explore the universe.
Let’s just say that I read a lot of science fiction in 2021. Some of it was newly published, and some really old. Here are some of my favorites!
The universe, once reliably expanding, is now shrinking, annihilating anything on the edge as it shrinks. The space ship, Argus and its crew must stop it before all life, including human life, ends.
In this series, a cyborg hacks its own programming and goes rogue – that is – it doesn’t have to obey the commands of anyone. It finds people generally annoying but repeatedly ends up saving some, much to its chagrin.
Earth’s sun is cooling and the survival of Earth and all its inhabitants is threatened. Then middle school science teacher turned reluctant astronaut Ryland Grace is the only survivor of a 12 light year journey to find a way to reverse the process. Fortunately he encounters “Rocky,” an alien from another system whose planet is threatened by the same process. Together they work to save both planets and both species.