DIVERSITY ARC#5: Science Fiction (11/26/19)

WHEN: November 26, 2019; 9:45am to 12 Noon

WHERE: Reading Public Library (Studio Room); 64 Middlesex Avenue

Contact: Leane Ellis; rapotential@gmail.com  

Please sign-up for next meeting using the MLS CE Calendar.    

2019 is a year-long study of Diversity in Fiction.  We conclude with Science Fiction. (Historical/Fantasy/Mystery/Romance)

Assignment: Everyone reads the benchmark:  Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem: Three Body Trilogy#1 (2014) OR You may read one of the others in the series–#2: The Dark Forest (2015); #3: Death’s End (2016). #4 is by another author.

Please record your 2nd titles in this category either from the suggested list on the other side or one that you choose yourself on our blog under Submit 2nd Titles.

For appeal, please focus especially on frame, tone, and character.



Diverse books are those that reflect and honor the life experience of all readers. We Need Diverse Books defines diversity as: “including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.”

*including but not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction), as well as a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.

Thank you to the Western MA RA Round Table and the Southeastern MA RA Round Table for forging our path and providing resources and guidance.

ONLINE RESOURCES (again with thanks to the Western & Southeastern MA RA Round Tables)

ARRT: GENRE STUDY: Speculative Fiction (2016-2017) (9/13/19) 

Print/PDF Bibliography  (Available on Google Group) 

Barron, Neil. Anatomy of Wonder: A Critical Guide to Science Fiction. LU, 2004, 5th ed., p.59-82.

Buker, Derek M. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Readers’ Advisory:  A Librarian’s Guide  to Cyborgs, Aliens, and Sorcerers. ALA. 2002. p. ix-16.

Davis, Sarah. Updated by Krista Biggs. “Getting Up to Speed with Science Fiction.” NoveList. (6/19) (9/13/19)

Herald, Diana Tixier and Bonnie Kunzel. Strictly Science Fiction: A Guide to Reading Interests. LU. 2002. P.xi-xviii.

Wyatt, Neal & Joyce G. Saricks. “Science Fiction.” The RA Guide to Genre Fiction. 2019. 3rd ed., ALA, p.31, 93-119.

NOTE: The NE RART did an overview of Science Fiction (5/25/10), and will be studying a Science Fiction Arc in January through May of 2020.)

Cancellation Policy: If the town/city of the location of the meeting cancels public schools, and/or there is a parking ban–the meeting will be cancelled even if the library in question remains open. We do not have an alternative date. Leane will modify the upcoming schedules to reflect the missed meeting. Leane will broadcast the cancellation of the meeting due to inclement weather by 7:00am or before from the Google group, and post it on this website.