Sci-fi is a genre that is not bracketed to the so-called nerds of the groups. The genre, laced with the ideas of the use of modern technology that can assist human abilities and at times, challenge them too, and futuristic ideas, explores the realms that may be right out of the corners of the unthinkable. U.F.O.s, aliens, robots and other marvels of the mortal creators make appearance in the literary pieces. They’re not only amazing (some ideas leave us awestruck) but also informative. They captivate our mind to an extent that the realms of fiction tend to collide with that of reality, leaving behind a thin line to differentiate the two. Secret services operating to cover up the mess left by the aliens, the on-and-off appearances of mysterious creatures! Intrigued? We bet you are. If sci-fi is the genre for you, these are the authors worth reading.
- Jules Verne: The Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea and Journey to the Center of the Earth author loved the sea and adventure. It was his imagination and love for science that helped him pen down and contribute some of the memorable works to the genre. Verne was a far-sighted man, or how would you describe his creations in the literary pieces that were made later on? His works have also been turned into successful movies such as 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days.
- G. Wells: H. G. Wells was a storehouse of creativity and imagination. Described as ‘The Father of Science Fiction’ and once referred to as ‘The Shakespeare of Science Fiction’, the The Time Machine and The Invisible Man author wrote about the hopes and frustrations of the people belonging to the middle-class households.
- Robert A. Heinlein: Heinlein developed an interest in stars and planets at an early age. Best known for Stranger in a Strange Land, he addressed certain social themes that were relevant to his times such as the concepts of individualism and libertarianism (any many mouth tongue-twisting …isms). He was a visionary, coming up with revolutionary concepts such as cell phones, nuclear bombs and the water bed well before they were invented.
- Arthur C. Clarke: Clarke was fascinated by the world of science fiction and devoured such tales from old American magazines. Later, when he tred on the path of writing, he wrote about satellite communication, space shuttles, super fast computers – all that are now a reality. Interestingly, Clarke’s Profiles of the Future (1962) is about his predictions about the invention up to the year 2100. You’d want to read what he had in store for us.
- Issac Asimov: An avid reader of sci-fi magazines as a kid, he wrote his first novel, The Greenville Chums when he was quite young. He was also fascinated by the concept of robots. Unlike others, he attempted to provide examples on how robots could be of assistance to humanity. He was also the first sci-fi writer to head his own magazine. His books were made into TV serials and movies.
- Douglas Adams: A master of words, Adams first short story was published when he was only twelve. Best known for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy that was aired on the BBC Radio in 1978, he loved science as a genre. His books have been made into television serials, computer games and theatrical plays. He also wrote for Doctor Who series.
NOTE: Did these authors leave you wanting for more? Want to know more about them, and their life and works? Well, Offshoot brings Science Fiction? And what is that? – all the six authors at a common place. So, readers! Fasten your seat belts and be ready to zoom into space as you flip through the pages of this book.