You love your friends. You do. Really. It’s just…*sigh*. Sometimes they don’t GET it, you know? You’re squeeing over Dr. Who and sighing over Fringe and stroking the cover of your Philip K. Dick anthology and your friend, who in all other aspects is a fantastic human being, turns to you, shrugs, and says,
“I don’t like sci-fi.”
But, hark! There is hope. In the same way a mother may hide zucchini in a brownie for a reluctant child, you can trick your friend into reading (and LOVING) sci-fi. Just steer the misguided poor soul toward these reads.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguru
“What’s this about?” “Oh, you know. A mysterious boarding school harboring a secret and the three young adults who flee the futures the school would impose.” “Oh, that sounds cool. What is the secret?” “Hmm, I don’t . . . what? KEIRA KNIGHTLEY WAS IN THE MOVIE.”
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Pitch this to your read-ee like it’s a new MTV reality show. This show *wink* is set in a city that forces people to get plastic surgery when they turn sixteen. The show *wink* follows a girl who runs away on the eve of her surgery and joins a group of Ugly dissenters. It’s a great boo–I mean, show. *Wink*
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
All the sci-fi purists are up in arms right now like, “Figment! You have gone TOO FAR!” But Priz of Az offers a shining example of Einstein’s stable time loop theory. What has happened has always happened and always will happen and such.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Okay, so Ender’s Game is pretty straightforwardly science fiction. But imagine if Harry Potter, at age eleven, had been a prodigy at Wizard’s Chess, and Wizard’s Chess had been a battle to save the entire planet. Reading Ender’s Game is like watching an eleven-year-old violin virtuoso diffuse a massive atomic bomb. Or something equally horrifying and exciting.
The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson
This book shows that 250+ years in the future, no matter how much has changed, not much will change. Friendships will still exist. They will still be difficult. When they are betrayed, it will still hurt. And we will still seek revenge on the betrayer. Essentially, The Fox Inheritance is much less a story about the future then it is a story about revenge that just *happens* to be set in a world where people’s bodies can be replaced like coffee filters.