January 2nd is Science Fiction Day because January 2, 1920, was science fiction writer Isaac Asimovâ€™s birthday. Isaac Asimov wrote over four hundred works and was best known for his science fiction stories, especially his Foundation series about a science which can be used to predict the future.
Science fiction isnâ€™t all about spaceships and robots, though. Lois Lowryâ€™s popular book, The Giver is an example of a science fiction â€œdystopiaâ€ novel. Dystopias are imaginary societies in which something makes the society dysfunctional. For example, in The Giver, people no longer feel strong emotions; this is supposed to stop suffering, but it also stops people from feeling great joy.
Although science fiction is mostly about the future or imaginary worlds, it often makes a point about the world we live in now. A story about a society where different races live in different cities can shed light on racism in our own time, and a story about a species where everyone is the same gender can get us thinking about gender roles in our society.
To celebrate Science Fiction Day, curl up with a favorite science fiction bookâ€”or better yet, check out the great girl-written science fiction stories right here on New Moon Girls, such as Mars by Kristen Reid, Being a Nobody by Emily, and Moon Fairy by Lola. Recommend your favorite science fiction books at the Rants & Raves Shout Out! boards. Upload your own science fiction stories to â€œyour stuff.â€ And never stop stretching your imagination!
P.S. What better time to celebrate Science Fiction Day than at the beginning of a new year? Weâ€™re â€œmaking a new startâ€ this week and looking toward the future. And weâ€™ll keep talking about the future in the next two weeks with our themes of â€œThe Futureâ€ (starting January 3) and â€œGrowing Upâ€ (starting January 10). And donâ€™t forget to check out the current issue of New Moon Girls magazine, with the theme, â€œWhat the Future Holdsâ€!