Science Fiction

Science Fiction looks closely at scientific things in our world, and asks us to imagine, "WHAT IF...?"

It has many different flavors and sub-genres. It can sometimes be difficult to like or understand. Here are some excellent choices to help you take the leap and try one of the amazing offerings we have in the LMC.

* = More appropriate for 6th graders due to mature content.

Alien Invasions

They’ve arrived, and they usually aren’t here to make friends.

The Accidental Spaceship - Gene Hunt

Ender’s Game - Orson Scott Card*

Felix Yz - Lisa Bunker

Future Eden - Colin Thompson

The Iron Giant - Ted Hughes

My Teacher is an Alien - Bruce Coville

Only You Can Save Mankind - Terry Pratchett

Space Race - Sylvia Waugh

Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth - Frank Cottrell Boyce

The White Mountains - John Christopher

The True Meaning of Smekday - Adam Rex


Which version of you is the best?

The Clone Codes - Patricia McKissack

Double Identity - Margaret Peterson Haddix

The Fourteenth Goldfish - Jennifer L. Holm

House of the Scorpion - Nancy Farmer

Popular Clone - M.E. Castle


A disturbing future gone wrong.

Among the Hidden [#1 of series] - Margaret Peterson Haddix

Children of Exile - Margaret Peterson Haddix

The City of Ember - Jeanne DuPrau

The Clone Codes - Patricia McKissack

Dark Life - Kat Falls

Fever Crumb - Philip Reeve

Freakling [series] - Lana Krumwiede

The Giver - Lois Lowry

House of the Scorpion - Nancy Farmer*

The Hunger Games [series] - Suzanne Collins*

Masterminds [series] - Gordon Korman

The Maze Runner [series] - James Dashner*

Memento Nora - Angie Smibert*

Raider’s Ransom - Emily Diamond

The Roar - Emma Clayton

Shade’s Children - Garth Nix

Sky Jumpers - Peggy Eddleman

What Happened to Serenity? - PJ Sarah Collins

Monstrous Mutations

A problem created by unethical science.

The Astounding Broccoli Boy - Frank Cottrell Boyce

Cryptid Hunters [series] - Roland Smith

Dark Life [series] - Kat Falls

Edge of Extinction [series] - Laura Martin

Felix Yz - Lisa Bunker

Fuzzy Mud - Louis Sachar

Horizon - Scott Westerfeld

Jake and the Giant Hand - Philippa Dowding

Jurassic Park - Michael Crichton*

Killer Species: Menace from the Deep - Michael P. Spradlin

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment [#1 series] - James Patterson

Me and Marvin Gardens - A.S. King

The Neptune Project - Polly Holyoke

Science Fair - Dave Barry

Virals - Kathy Reichs*

Watchdog - Will McIntosh

Out of this World

Adventures on other planets!

Chronicle of the Dark Star #1: Last Day on Mars - Kevin Emerson

Cosmic - Frank Cottrell Boyce

George’s Secret Key to the Universe - Lucy & Stephen Hawking

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams*

The Lost Planet - Rachel Searles

MINRS - Kevin Sylvester

The Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1 - P.J. Haarsma

Space Case - Stuart Gibbs

A Wrinkle in Time [series] - Madeleine L’Engle

Post-Apocalyptic Disasters

The aftermath of an apocalyptic event that affected a large portion of humanity.

The City of Ember - Jeanne DuPrau

The Girl Who Owned a City - O.T. Nelson*

The Only Ones - Aaron Starmer

The Pack - Tom Pow

Parched - Melanie Crowder

Raider’s Ransom - Emily Diamond


It looks like a human, but is it one?

The Clone Codes - Patricia McKissack

The Iron Giant - Ted Hughes

Robots Rule! - C.J. Richards

Under Their Skin - Margaret Peterson Haddix

Watchdog - Will McIntosh


Blends alternative history with wacky technology, and sometimes otherworldly forces.

Airman - Eoin Colfer

The Clockwork Three - Matthew J. Kirby

The Hunchback Assignments - Arthur Slade

The Inventors at No. 8 - A.M. Morgen

Leviathan [#1 of series] - Scott Westerfeld

The Mortal Engines - Philip Reeve

Superheroes & Superpowers

Only they can save mankind.

Against the Odds - Amy Ignatow

The Hypnotists - Gordon Korman

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment [#1 of series] - James Patterson

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 [#1 of series] - Richard Paul Evans

Powerless [series] - Matthew Cody

School for Sidekicks - Kelly McCullough

Sidekicked + Minions - John David Anderson

Urban Outlaws - Peter Jay Black

The Vindico [series] - Wesley King

Time Travel

In short: don’t do it.

Baseball Card Adventures [series] - Dan Gutman

The Dead Gentleman - Matthew Cody

Flashback Four [series] - Dan Gutman

The Fourteenth Goldfish - Jennifer L. Holm

Frozen in Time - Ali Sparkes

Haunters - Thomas Taylor

The Hour of the Cobra - Maiya Williams

TUT: The Story of My Immortal Life - P.J. Hoover

A Whole Nother Story - Dr. Cuthbert Soup

Video Games, Dimensions, & Tech Gone Wrong

In science fiction, games play YOU!

Epic - Conor Kostick

Game-Changer - Margaret Peterson Haddix

Game Over, Pete Watson - Joe Schreiber

Heir Apparent - Vivian Vande Velde

Interworld - Neil Gaiman & Michael Reaves

The Memory Bank - Carolyn Coman & Rob Shepperson

The Seems: The Glitch in Sleep - John Hulme

The Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1 - P.J. Haarsma