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National Science Fiction Day–January 2nd

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. 

Though I don’t write sci fi, I celebrate this event every year so I can share the good news about my favorite Indie (some hybrid) science fiction writers:

Alex Cavanaugh

Craig Boyack

Grace Blair

Nicholas Rossis

Staci Troilo

Tyrean Martinson

If I missed you, add a comment and I’ll include you next year.

Some sci fi authors suggested by readers last year:

Arthur C. Clarke

Frank Herbert

HG Wells

John Wyndham

Isaac Asimov

Margaret Atwood

Orson Scott Card

Philip K. Dick

PD James

Ray Bradbury

Robert Heinlein

Want to read more about science fiction? Try these articles:

32 Tips for Science Fiction Writers

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Man vs. Nature saga, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the acclaimed Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. 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, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Winter 2022

67 thoughts on “National Science Fiction Day–January 2nd

  1. I wish we had a National Science Fiction day here. Ah well. I’d like to add a couple of indies to your list, Jacqui – Eliot Kay [for the Poor Man series], Hugh Howey for the Wool series [even though he’s now a hybrid], and good friend Chris James for the Repulse Chronicles. 🙂

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  2. Who knew it was national science fiction day! I find it odd to classify Margaret Atwood as a sci-fi author, given that the bulk of her work is literary, or at least the books I read in the early part of her career are, but I know she’s also experimented with mystery.

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  3. Happy New Year, Jacqui.
    Although I’ve drifted towards the crime genre, science fiction has been on my reading list for decades, so I’ve read most of the listed authors. I read/devoured Asimov’s Foundation series in my teens, but my favourite has to be Frank Herbert, especially Dune. I’ve yet to see the new film as I’m alone in wanting to view it. Can I add Kurt Vonnegut as inspirational?
    I also created a SF film society in my teens and a SF/Fantasy fanzine.

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  4. Sci-fi is such an amazing genre, Jacqui, probably my favorite. I think I have read (or heard) every Azimov book–he was such a visionary and we incorporate his ideas in sci-fi to this day. My daughter just watched the Apple TV version of Foundation and said it fell short. How do you make an action movie out of theoretical psychohistory? Good call on her part! And I might have to check out Blair’s Book, too!

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  5. Last year’s list of science-fiction author reminded me of my about page blurb. “I still remember the thrill of pulling that special book from the top shelf of the school library—no small feat for an under-tall sixth grader!” An anthology of stories about space and planets, including aliens, that got my young juices flowing. Thanks for the reminder of what started my reading and writing adventure! And happy National Science Fiction Day to you, too! (It should be a holiday!)

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  6. Hi Jacqui – Happy New Year to you … I heard mention recently of this day (I think!) … I’ve read Alex’s books: which I so enjoyed … and it’s a genre I’m open to – but not necessarily my pick to read. Cheers Hilary

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  7. I think it’s interesting that you don’t consider yourself a sci-fi writer. Sci-fi, like any good fiction, (for me, anyway) is about the characters. If I like or hate a character it holds my attention.

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  8. Jacqui, it’s lovely that there is a special Sci-Fi day to celebrate the wonderful Asimov and his books! As young, I devoured science fiction books and read so many of these long-standing authors mentioned here – some are literally falling apart as I read them repeatedly over a few years! It is great that new authors are coming into this genre!

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