Dipping my toe in the Science Fiction water: Tips

AKA, Lessons I learned the hard way

I’ve been pushed recently to try some science fiction. Now, I’m not entirely a speculative fiction virgin — I’ve read:

As a child, I read:

OK! So, that feels like a bit of a list. But when you consider it’s quite possibly all of the speculative fiction I’ve ever read, it’s not much at all. Certainly, it’s not much science fiction.

Now, the list above is complete up until a few days ago, when I picked a work of true science fiction.

Based on my experience, 6 tips:

  1. The first few pages, take your time. There’s often lots of unfamiliar terminology thrown around in just that bit of text. It’s part of setting the stage, see, but it set me back a bit until I’d gotten my sea legs (or whatever the appropriate terminology would be).
  2. Don’t be frightened.
  3. Take a deep breath and go for it.
  4. It would probably help to get a recommendation from someone who knows you and your reading taste. (If you like classics, perhaps try a classic work, etc.) It’s really a very large category of books; there’s much variety.
  5. Even if you don’t like the first one, that doesn’t necessarily mean you will hate every single speculative book ever written and therefore should never read another one.
  6. Go for it!

Do you have anything to add? What’s your biggest hurdle when it comes to trying a new genre?

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6 responses to “Dipping my toe in the Science Fiction water: Tips

  1. Which Sci-Fi did you pick?

    Sci-fi can be.. pretty hardcore. Your tips are great ones!

  2. Personally, I like fantasy more than sci-fi, at least to read.

    I just picked up a romance novel from the library for the Take Another Chance challenge. I’ve never really read any true romance (aside from, say, Jane Austen and the like), so I picked a title that had a color in it, so I could use it for another challenge. I have no idea what I’ll think of it. But I think that, aside from the bits about terminology, your list is pretty good for anyone starting in on a new genre.

  3. I love reading outside my comfort zone. How else would you discover all the great books out there?!

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