Science Fiction seems to be out of popularity at the moment but there are signs it may soon come back into flavour with readers young and old. Time was you could find as many sci fi novels in junior fiction or young adult fiction sections of the bookstore or library as there were fantasy novels. In the last ten years however that number has dwindled to the point that now it is rare to find even one.
Chances are this has a lot to do with the phenomenon known as Harry Potter. as publishers are want to do, once Harry Potter was released and became a success then they started to place all their attention on finding the next young wizard series. as a result we saw many books being released with a similar magic and fantasy theme. not only that but movies such as Lord of the Rings allowed fantasy to come out from Science Fiction’s shadow and become the dominant genre for Otherworld books.
But perusing publisher’s catalogues it is obvious that some are beginning to branch out and are discovering that kids like Sci Fi books too. If you are looking for some great kids sci fi books then take a look at these classic and modern novels set in space.
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (A trilogy in five parts) by Douglas Adams
Citizen of The Galaxy by Robert A. Heinlein (and others by this author)
Outernet by Steve Barlow (More in this series)
Larklight by Phillip Reeve (More in this series)
Older kids may also enjoy Ender’s Game and others in the series by Orson Scott Card.
There are many more science fiction books for kids to read, especially if they are into robots and technology and no doubt there will soon be many more to choose from.