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National Science Fiction Day

National Science Fiction Day is unofficially celebrated by many science fiction fans in the United States on January 2, which corresponds with the official birthdate of famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. While not an official holiday of any sort (in the sense that it is not recognized or declared by any government), National Science Fiction Day is given some degree of credence by its recognition by organizations such as the Hallmark Channel and by the Scholastic Corporation. 

My favorite Indie science fiction writers include:

Alex Cavanaugh

Staci Troilo

If you write science fiction, add your name to comments so I can include you next year!

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.

76 thoughts on “National Science Fiction Day

  1. What a fascinating surprise, Jacqui! I’ve always used reading sci fi as a reward for completing a less-than-pleasant chore. Knowing that there is a day dedicated to it makes me smile. 🙂

    We loved getting to know you this past year – you made 2020 so much more bearable. Wishing you a fabulous 2021. 🙂 Terri & James

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  2. I had no clue today was National Science Fiction Day. What a delight to discover it, and to find Staci here. She is an amazingly talented author, and I’m in awe of her Astral Conspiracy series. Congrats to her and also to Alex Cavanaugh.

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  3. Happy Sci-Fi Day! I tell my students who don’t enjoy reading that I never enjoyed reading until my senior year in high school when a friend gave me a Sci-Fi book by Asimov called “I Robot!”. I became hooked on the Sci-Fi ABC’s (Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke). I have published two short, children’s Sci-Fi books on Amazon: “Wipe Out Earth” and “Take Me to Your Leader”. I explain to my students that Sci-Fi lets you use your imagination and think outside of the box.

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  4. Well, if Hallmark is behind it…. I occasionally read Sci-Fi, but have never tried to write it. My only claim to fame in this genre is that I was one of three clergy to whom L. E. Modesitt, Jr.’s dedicated one of recent books.

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    • Well, that deserves a Google. I’m off to look that up! BRB

      OK. He has written a ton of books! They won’t show me the dedications in the ‘Look Inside’ but I can see he would like the way you think, Jeff. Interesting books.


  5. I love sci-fi, Jacqui! How did I not know about a national day to celebrate? In 2020, I listened to all of Asimov’s audiobooks that lead into the Foundation series and the later additions to the series. Pebble in the Sky, The Stars, Like Dust, Robots of Dawn, etc. What an amazing writer and future-caster of what we expect in sci-fi today. He really did set the “foundation” for future writers of sci-fi!

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  6. A holiday for science fiction – I would never have guessed this one. Being such a popular genre for readers, I should have. A perfect extension of New Year’s Day. Imagine: what if New Year’s Day was the very last day of the year and everyone had to abandon Earth…

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  7. Hi Jacqui – well you’ve opened a few eyes … Alex’s books are great fun to read … and I’d add HG Wells … I wondered about A Clockwork Orange and see that it does fit … while the film Splice comes to mind: a perfect springboard for Covid … horrifying tale. Take care and Happy New Year – Hilary

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  8. Well, I never knew that! I’ve been a fan of science fiction since I was in my early teens, when I devoured all of John Wyndham’s books, which I borrowed from the local library. I had to get special permission to borrow from the adult section.

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