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Science Fiction for Year 5: Library Home
What is Science Fiction?
"Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginative content such as futuristic settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, time travel, faster than light travel, parallel universes and extraterrestrial life."
Some of the earliest works of science fiction are from authors Jules Verne (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Journey to the Centre of the Earth) and H.G. Wells (The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine).
Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne'The two beasts pass within a hundred yards of the raft and, with a fury that blinds them to our presence, hurl themselves upon each other' Jules Verne's pioneering science fiction classic tells the story of the distinguished but eccentric Professor Lidenbrock, who finds a scrap of parchment in an old manuscript. A cipher written in runes, it tells of an entrance to another world - a world hidden beneath our own. So with his nephew reluctantly in tow, the Professor follows this cryptic clue down into a dormant volcano, and the further they descend, the more extraordinary the discoveries and creatures that they encounter, the greater the dangers, and the more ancient the living past that surrounds them. This new translation by Frank Wynne is accompanied by an introduction on the science of Verne's work and its influences. This edition also includes notes, a chronology and suggested further reading. Translated by FRANK WYNNE with an introduction by JANE SMILEY and notes by PETER COGMAN
20,000 Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne
The Time Machine by H. G. WellsOne of the most thrilling science-fiction adventures of all time. The Time Traveller has ridden his machine hundreds of years into the future. Buildings, cities, and civilizations rise and fall before his eyes. He is welcomed to 802701 by the frail and simple Eloi. The future seems safe--until the Time Traveller encounters the shadowy, carnivorous Morlocks, inhabitants of the Underworld. The Morlocks terrorize the Eloi, hunt the Time Traveller, and capture the Time Machine. Can the Time Traveller escape the future with his Time Machine...and his life?
The War of the Worlds by H. G. WellsThe night after a shooting star is seen streaking through the sky from Mars, a cylinder is discovered on Horsell Common in London. At first, naive locals approach the cylinder armed just with a white flag only to be quickly killed by an all-destroying heat-ray, as terrifying tentacled invaders emerge. Soon the whole of human civilisation is under threat, as powerful Martians build gigantic killing machines, destroy all in their path with black gas and burning rays, and feast on the warm blood of trapped, still-living human prey. The forces of the Earth, however, may prove harder to beat than they at first appear.
Ten Inventions Inspired by Science Fiction
Check out this article that links science fiction with science fact and watch the clip below.
These books are stories about space. They are all available in the Middle School Library. They are shelved in the Science Fiction and Fantasy section. They are organised according to the author's last name.
There are also lots of other science fiction stories you can read. Check out the display in the Library.
George's Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy and Stephen Hawking
Call Number: SCI HAWK
In their bestselling book for young readers, noted physicist Stephen Hawking and his daughter, Lucy, provide a grand and funny adventure that explains fascinating information about our universe, including Dr. Hawking's latest ideas about black holes. It's the story of George, who's taken through the vastness of space by a scientist, his daughter, and their super-computer named Cosmos.
Dogstar by Philip Dalkin
Call Number: SCI DALK
The year is 2347. Every living thing has to move to a new planet. But along the way the Dogstar – a Space Ark filled with all the world's dogs – goes missing, and the Clark kids begin a daring mission to rescue their beloved pet, Hobart.
Dark Side of the Sun by Dina Anastasio
Call Number: SCI ANAS
Lieutenant Shane Vansen still has nightmares about her parents' deaths at the hands of the Artificial Intelligence beings, but when the past comes back to haunt her in an alien trap, she must keep her cool to save the squad.
The Enemy by Dina Anastasio
Call Number: SCI ANAS
On the planet Tarturus, a new weapon that interferes with human brain waves causes the members of the 58th Squadron to experience intense fear and physical pain, and they must find a way to leave the planet before they go to war with each other.
Galactic Adventures: First Kids in Space by Tristan Bancks
Call Number: SCI BANC
Dash Campbell has only ever had one dream. To go to space. Now he and four others have been given the chance to become the first kids ever to leave our planet. From building rockets behind his family’s laundromat in Australia to attending a hardcore Space School in the US, Dash is a long way from home. And he still has an intense month of training ahead before he can even think about that glorious moment of blasting out of Earth’s atmosphere and living his dream. But does Dash have what it takes to survive Space School? Gruelling physicals, fierce competition, media attention, medicals, the Vomit Comet, a skydive from 4000 metres and an instructor who despises him. Can he push through his deepest fears and make history?
Space Crime Conspiracy by Gareth P. Jones
Call Number: SCI JONE
In prison, accused of murdering President Vorlunar, things are not looking good for Stanley. But when he is released, matters get even worse! He discovers that his assumed crime has given him not only notoriety, but value. How can a boy who lives above a pub in south-east London cope with bounty hunters with beards on their foreheads, lawyers who specialise in Intergalactic Law, Pan-Dimensional Litigation and Criminal Prosecution, and the terrifying bird-headed space pirates, the Marauding Picaroons
Space Explorers by David Johnson
Call Number: SCI JOHN
'Space Explorers' tells the story of Sammi and Zak, who are thrilled when their friend Chad takes them on a trip to explore a new planet. But then disaster strikes, and the three friends are stranded - and surrounded by deadly spear plants.
Out of Orbit by Carole Wilkinson
Call Number: SCI WILK
Juliana and four other kids must save a space station that has been hit by a solar flare after their parents have fallen into a coma.
Space Plague by Jak Shadow
Call Number: SCI SHAD
Triton, an evil alien genius, is trying to take over the world! He must be stopped! YOU are an agent of the crime agency F.E.A.R. and only YOU can save the world. YOU decide how to stop Triton in a series of thrilling F.E.A.R. adventures. YOU are brave, strong, honest and quick-witted. YOU have been selected from thousands to become an agent for F.E.A.R., Earth's last line of defence against the evil that threatens it. F.E.A.R. now faces its greatest challenge, a danger from beyondthestars. The vile and wicked alien genius, Triton, will stop at nothing to rule the world. YOU are nearly ready to join the fight, but first YOU must be plunged into virtual reality. YOUR training mission is to stop Triton in four time zones. Are YOU ready?
Star Wars: the Clone Wars
Call Number: SCI STAR
Based on The Clone Wars movie, this novel traces the story of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and a young new Padawan as they battle against the evil Sith and the Separatist army.
Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi
Call Number: SCI STAR
Overlooked as a Padawan, he was to become one of the most revered Masters of all. Sworn to serve the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order, his own apprentice would bring about their destruction. Powerless to retrieve Darth Vader from the dark side, he would train the only one who could.
Encounter on the Moon by Robin Moore
Call Number: SCI MOOR
Chronicles the Apollo 11 mission which culminated in America's first moon landing and investigates the possibility that the United States government covered up reports by the astronauts of a UFO sighting.
The Great Space Race by Joshua Mowll
Call Number: SCI MOWL
A crazy world domination conspiracy is uncovered and foiled by the most unlikely family on Earth in this highly entertaining and madcap adventure. The Crankshaws have finally hit rock bottom. The family are stony broke, their belongings have been snaffled by the bailiffs and their house, The Mill, is about to be re-possessed. And although Dad's Soviet fighter jet-propelled BBQ may well be the planet's most innovative solution to fast food (extra fast food), it is not the family's ticket out of financial doom and gloom. Not yet...So it is that fourteen-year-old Ace Crankshaw devises a secret money-making scheme of his own - the answer to all their problems, he thinks - a grandiose plan that will at last lift the Crankshaw's curse. He will enter and win the most sensational race the world has ever seen! Zircon's Great Space Race! With Barry (a monkey-toy robot) for technical support, Jake (his fart-brewing best mate) on rocket research duties and their arch-enemy, Zack Zircon, running the gig...what on Earth could possibly go wrong?