Monday, November 7, 2016

Favorite SF Tropes





Generation Ships 

I love the idea of generation ships, and need more books with that concept. I haven't come across that many, but I have a few on my TBR and can't wait to get to them.  

Glow (Sky Chasers, #1)

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)A Million Suns (Across the Universe, #2)Shades of Earth (Across the Universe, #3)Starship


Domed Cities/ Regulated Lifespans

I'm lumping these in together even though maybe I shouldn't, but Logan's Run just comes to mind as the example here. A far future society where life is easy, you can do whatever you want but once you reach a certain age- you're done. Unless you run...

Logan's Run (Logan, #1)

Space/ Time or World Gates

The idea that you can pass through a gate into another world, or perhaps another time. Traveling across the universe is even a possibility.  

Exile's Gate (Morgaine & Vanye, #4)

Gate of Ivrel (Morgaine & Vanye, #1)Well of Shiuan (Morgaine & Vanye, #2)Fires of Azeroth (Morgaine & Vanye, #3)

Dystopian/ Post apocalyptic Futures

Star man's son

Divergent (Divergent, #1)The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)


Long Lost Colonies

Planet of Exile

Undersea Civilizations 

World of Water (Dev Harmer Mission, #2)

Cloning 

I love cloning 

Vitro (Corpus, #2)

Lost Worlds/ Hollow Earth 

Savage Pellucidar (Pellucidar, #7)

Mars/ Venus Are Perfectly Habitable, Thank You Very Much! 

The Sky People (Lords of Creation, #1)

Cyberpunk 

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Sword and Planet 

A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1)



Space Opera  

Heir to the Jedi

33 comments:

  1. I'm not really into sci-fi but some of these books have really intrigued me! :-) Enjoy!

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  2. Oh I like it when people go rogue on TTT. Haha. Generation ships are interesting. And oh an underwater civilization. Those are always so cool! I liked it when I came across it briefly in another book. Will have to look into that book.

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    1. Me too! Ha ha I like underwater stuff as well.

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  3. My favorite is dystopian and post-apoc. I think we've talked about it before, I just love seeing characters pushed to their limits in those settings. But I read Machinations this year which was about a clone, and I did find the clone thing really interesting. And I said I was going to try more cyberpunk after reading Artificial but that hasn't happened yet lol. I've read a couple space operas and I don't know, I feel like I read a lot of blurbs about domed city type of things but don't know if I've ever actually read any whole books? Lol

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    1. Yeah you do like the post apoc stuff. :) And I agree, they're great for pushing characters past their limits. I like clone stuff. And cyberpunk I love the concept but the books don't always I don't know I guess I'm picky about cyberpunk? Speaking of Artificial I should check to see if Jadah McCoy has anything new or has done more Tipsy Reviews lol.

      I've seen a few domed city books but haven't read a lot? I think maybe Divergent is sort of like that only with a fence instead of a dome lol. Close enough anyway. :)

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  4. The Sky People just reminds me of The 100. :D Scifi can be really fun, these are some good troped. I also really like space pirates. :D

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    1. Ah I love The 100. And yeah I can see that from the art. Space pirates- i'll take that story. :)

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  5. I don't read much science fiction though I do enjoy Star Wars fiction and fairy tales retold in space. I've also enjoyed dystopian fiction in the past but I think I've read plenty now so I don't pick up anything new in that subgenre.

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    1. Yeah I think dystopian fatigue is a thing. :) I still like it but I came late to the party, having only really started w/ it when I started blogging. At least YA. And I like Star Wars fiction in some cases, depending on the book.

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  6. I have read dystopian the most I think. Clones are so interesting though. I enjoyed that part of Replica. I don't read much SciFi though but when I do I do enjoy it. I should pick up more!

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  7. Okay I didn't know a few of these books. I love the same tropes, clearly! Awesome list, Greg. I'll have to check some of these out.

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  8. I read Glow a long time ago and enjoyed it!

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  9. I'm going to try to read some of the different Star Wars series in 2017. I really haven't read any of them. They are a bit of a departure for me from my usual young adult reading, but the fan in me is saying you need to read these. There are some great books on your list.

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  10. I read Glow, and Spark, and I liked them. They are typical YA. I haven't read Flame yet. I read the first two from the library, so I should check to see if they have the last one. Our library is notoius for not getting final books unless they are requested! Of course you know I loved the Across the Universe books. They are a notch above typical YA. I would recommend the Tin Star duology as great YA SciFi, too. Happy SciFi month! :)

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  11. Yes to so many of these! Especially generation ships. There's something fascinating about a generation that has never known life on an actual planet, and the effects it has on them.

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  12. Great tropes; I enjoy several of these as well -- particularly gates between worlds (Narnia gets the credit for that one.) As for long-lost colonies, I was a big fan of the Darkover novels in my twenties.

    Heir to the Jedi is on my TBR list, as are the Beth Revis books. As for generation ships, my introduction to the concept was Heinlein's Orphans of the Sky -- interesting enough that I remember reading it, and the basic premis, but it must not have appealed to me enough to reread it. (And with as much as I reread, which is a heck of a lot, that says something. The lack of female characters may be part of what failed to appeal; it's hard to say after all this time.)

    Have fun with the ones you haven't read, and thanks for an entertaining and informative post!

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  13. Great topic, I love a good trope :)
    I am intrigued by the generation ships. I haven't read any of them yet, but Across the Universe and Shades of Earth are definitely on my TBR.

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  14. I love a lot of these as well...and definitely would like to see more Generational ships too!

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  15. Ah, so many great titles and authors on here!! Edgar Rice Burroughs has always had a special place in my heart because my grandad was such a huge fan. And Logan's Run seems a little too relevant now that I've reached a certain age...yikes...!! ;)

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  16. Hmmm, Heir to the Jedi. As much as I adore Star Wars, I have actually never read a Star Wars book before. I really need to change that. Cool topic!

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  17. I can't get into SciFi, I can watch it but for some reason when I read it I get all confused. I love that you just threw in "I Love Cloning" That actually made me laugh.

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  18. I don't think I've ever read a book with an underwater civilization. Wait, do mermaids count? Haha. Great list!

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  19. I love some of these tropes, including generation ships/colonization sci-fi (a couple good books I read recently that fit this theme are Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora and Allen Steel's Arkwright...the former's more depressing while that latter is more uplifting depending on what mood you're in) I'm also always trying more cyberpunk.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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  20. Quite a few of these look incredibly interesting. I really appreciate how you broke them down into the different sub-genre's of sci-fi. Great list, thanks for sharing!

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  21. Generation ships are probably my favourite out of this list. It can pretty much take all the other tropes you've listed and fold them into itself, which is a lot of fun.

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  22. I like Dystopian, post apocalyptic, and generation ships a lot. Those are such fun tropes. Great post. :D

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  23. Crash Crash Jubilee is on my tbr! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

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  24. I think you hit almost ALL the SF tropes :) My favorite on this list is probably Lost Worlds and Hollow Earth. I think it goes back to when I grew up and that show on Saturday morning TV, Land of the Lost. :) Great post and memories!!!

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  25. Fun post, Greg. I never think of one genre having so many, almost, "subgenres" within them. Space operas aren't something I've seen much of, but I like the idea of them. Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland, Greg. :)

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  26. My favorite (related) SF Tropes are "first contact" & learning to get along with the aliens

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  27. I lovee generation ship books! Which you're already well aware of.

    I have actually not heard of any of the other books on this list, I need to look into these!

    Jordon @ Simply Adrift

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  28. Sci Fi is such a fun genre because of ALL THE POSSIBILITIES!! I like the idea of travelling through time/space, portals, space operas and dystopias - though reading about that last one is better than living it for sure o_O

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