If you think sci-fi books are only for smart people with thick eyeglasses, you are mistaken. It’s never too early or too late to introduce your teenagers to this type of books as there are many good, interesting science fiction books for teens today.
Sci-fi books, which some people think as “geek literature”, are now gaining adherents worldwide. We can just look at the success of novels-turned-into-movies like Suzanne Collins’s “The Hunger Games”, a sci-fi novel which tells us of the creeping threat of a future dystopian society.
To tell the truth, sci-fi books are not all about aliens and spaceships, or a future world with robot slaves to do your house chores. On a deeper level, these books help us examine and explore the future of human civilization in the midst of technological innovation.
As a ‘literature of ideas’, science fiction help us look at the future with discernment and concern. At the least, these books will provide you with a peek at the future based on how technology and society has progressed in time. In addition to this, it takes a look at the possible consequences that technology may bring us.
And if you’re a bit apprehensive on whether or not your teens will appreciate these books, you can always begin with the best science fiction books for teens that have been culled from the past yet continue to entertain readers at present. This means you can start with the sci-fi classics.
Or you can feed their teenage minds with docile fiction books about adventure with friendly extra-terrestrials living in Earth-like planets in eternal peace with no cars or spaceships but people that can levitate.
Otherwise, you can do better by giving them books about humans and other creatures who face challenges and conflicts in a more realistic, ever-changing universe.
For a start, you can offer your teenagers with classic sci-fi books such as Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues under the Sea”, H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine” or “The War of the Worlds”. Time travel adventure books are always a good foundation to initiate young fertile minds into science fiction. And there’s also Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” and George Orwell’s “1984”.
Next, they can advance to Kurt Vonnegut’s “Welcome to the Monkey House”. For growing adolescents, they will love “Harrison Bergeron”, which is a story about the power of an individual and how he overcomes the challenges of people who wants to bring you down. .
Or to satisfy their adventurous spirit, you can offer your teenagers with “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy, a 1979 book by Douglas Adams. The book tells the story of the last human who makes interstellar travel. It can also be an exciting way to teach children about the galaxy.
For a fresher, more recent book that they can relate to, you can present M. T. Anderson’s novel, “Feed”, which is the story of a boy implanted with a computer in his head and linked to the internet. It is a book with a moral lesson on consumerism and many other pressing issues of our day.
Perhaps this list is incomplete but you can always add up to this collection and make reading entertaining as well as a learning experience for them.
K. T. Jae is a London-based science fiction writer. The British author’s debut novel, Riddle of the Red Bible which was released last year, deals with time travel and the paranormal.