Summer Fun with Science Fiction

Lego Astronauts being chased by an Lego skeleton astronaut

Hey kids! You've been learning cool things about space science all summer, but did you ever stop to think about how science and science fiction are related? Why not sit back, relax and enjoy these sci-fi stories before summer is over. We've all known some weird kids in school, but probably none like Bob and […]

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We Sing the Body Electric: Ray Bradbury’s Birth Anniversary

Stack of Ray Bradbury's books

This year marks the 95th anniversary of Ray Bradbury's birth. While Bradbury grew up in Waukegan, his stories and novels took us far beyond his normal, Midwestern upbringing. As Ray Bradbury's biographer, Sam Weller was able to learn much about the author's life, as well as the inspiration for his books. This unprecedented access to Bradbury's life makes […]

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H.P. Lovecraft at 125: Cthulhu Lives

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A sickly child, a reclusive adult and a writer of weird, dime-store fiction. All of these are descriptions of H.P. Lovecraft, one of the most influential writers of the 20th century whose work shapes horror, science fiction and dark, literary fiction to this day. August 20 marks the 125th anniversary of his birth. Let's take a […]

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Explore Afrofuturism!

Winter Constellations

I've always read science fiction, but at a young age I started looking for books and media that were more diverse. After all, Chicagoan Mae Jemison went into space, and I wanted to go, too! When I learned about the concept of Afrofuturism, loosely defined as the common themes in African-American science fiction, art and […]

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I Want to Believe

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Recently there have been rumors of a reboot of the television series The X-Files. Longtime fans like me are hoping the rumors become truth and that the original stars are on board. The television series ended more than two decades ago, and the last episodes of the final season left many viewers wanting more. A lot has […]

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Remembering Leonard Nimoy

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The world grieves for the loss of an icon with the passing of the legendary Leonard Nimoy. Celebrated for his role as Mr. Spock in the groundbreaking television series Star Trek, Nimoy was one of Hollywood's most recognizable and beloved faces. Although primarily known for his acting, Nimoy was an artistic explorer who delved into […]

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When Asteroids Attack

Collision Course

An asteroid to be seen by an average person with binoculars will fly close enough to Earth on Monday, January 26. Scientists say that although relatively close, it will be far enough away to pose no threat. I think we should take a moment to contemplate some titles in which the following fictional scientists said […]

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God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut: Readalikes

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After visiting the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library over the holidays, I thought it might behoove me to celebrate my fellow Hoosier with a little notice in this blog. Vonnegut wrote several books, none of them very long, and if you like them, I have others to recommend to you. Slaughterhouse-Five: Or The Children's Crusade, A Duty-Dance […]

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Margaret Atwood Turns 75

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I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most. With no signs of slowing down, Canadian novelist, poet and essayist Margaret Atwood turns 75 on November 18. We’re celebrating her illustrious career that already spans five decades. Perhaps best known for The Handmaid's Tale, a dystopian novel set in the near […]

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Sci-Fi Movies from the 1980s

Outer space image

When you think about science fiction films, popular ones like the X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy probably come to mind, but have you ever been curious about the movies that inspired the ones we watch today? For movies that keep you on the edge of your seat, try classics like James Cameron’s The Terminator (1984), who is famous […]

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