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1 Talking About SPECULATIVE FICTION

2 Karen Burns SW Iowa Library Service Area kburns@swilsa.lib.ia.us Katie Dunneback East Central Library Services kdunneback@sls.lib.ia.us

3 Lets Review

4 Some Appeal Factors Pacing Characters Setting Period Tone (humorous, serious,..) Plot Style/Language

5 What makes a good talk? Talk about the appeal factors for that bookcharacter, pacing, time period Tell it in your own voice Choose the right length for the situation and patron Hook: Dont tell the ending; make them want to read it! May include If you liked…

6 Talking About Books Traditional (in-person) –Groups –One-on-One Blogs and mini-blogs Podcasts Video talks Written (in house)

7 Talking About Speculative Fiction Defining speculative fiction Describe characteristics and appeal factors of the genre that are relevant to preparation of a talk Name 5 "sure bets" in the genre for the booktalking repertoire Discuss trends in the genre/s Crossing over into nonfiction Talk about at least one book in the genre

8 What is speculative fiction? Definition(s) Types, with examples –Science fiction –Fantasy –Horror –Supernatural

9 Appeal Factors Common with all genres: Setting, Period, Pacing, Characters, Style Additional for speculative: –Supernatural element –Science element (how true is the science?) –World building

10 Setting

11 Plot

12 Period

13 Pacing

14 Characters

15 Style

16 Tone

17 Worldbuilding

18 Supernatural elements

19 Science

20 Type All over the place!

21 Some Speculative Fiction Sure Bets (and appeal factors to talk about) Stephen King & Joe Hill (H) China Mieville & Richard K. Morgan Jim Butcher Gail Carriger & Linnea Sinclair John Scalzi Chelsea Cain

22 Your Sure Bets

23 Trends in Speculative Fiction Steampunk and other -punk Near Future & Post-Apocalyptic Vampires Zombies Mash-ups Rise of YA Urban Fantasy

24 Crossovers Science (history, technology) Subgenres like Paranormal Romance What else?

25 Resources John Scalzis Whatever blog (especially the Big Idea and Just Arrived entries) http://whatever.scalzi.com http://whatever.scalzi.com Fantastic Fiction http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/ http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/ SciFan http://www.scifan.com http://www.scifan.com Tor.com http://www.tor.com http://www.tor.com MonsterLibrarian http://www.monsterlibrarian.com http://www.monsterlibrarian.com Iread wiki iread.pbworks.com

26 Photo credits Steampunk at Burning Man by Stuck in Customs - http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincusto ms/4989019868/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincusto ms/4989019868/ Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame Gift Shop by Loren Javier - http://www.flickr.com/photos/lorenjavier/38 32360370/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/lorenjavier/38 32360370/

27 Lets Talk: Celebrating Your Talks

28 Next session:* Read a non-fiction book Prepare a talk –Review –Blog post –Podcast –Oral talk Come prepared to Celebrate talks! * For full credit (1 extra) Non-Fiction 2/17


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