- Legendary science fiction author Ray Bradbury, passed away last week at the age of 91, and moving tributes are popping up everywhere.
-Local author/illustrator extraordinaire (and alien lover!) Mark Fearing, will be visiting Green Bean on June 30th to share his new graphic novel, Earthling! with us.
-Practically every box of books I've received in the store the past few weeks has contained one (or several) great new alien or space exploration titles.
- To top is all off, my husband and I finally decided to watch Attack the Block last night and both fell hard for it. While definitely not a movie for younger audiences, it was still a fantastic science fiction flick about resourceful kids during an alien invasion, with moving political and social undertones. Bradbury would have loved it, I'm sure.
My favorite books these days feature sympathetic beings from other worlds, like the sweet alien in Oliver Jeffers' The Way Back Home, and the whole silly crew of Aliens Love Underpants, by Claire Freedman. But The Man on the Moon, the newest picture book by William Joyce, is the perfect blend of science fiction and fantasy, and is a wonderful book for readers of all ages and lovers of both genres. The Boy Who Cried Alien, by Marilyn Singer (just released this month!) takes an entirely new approach to a well-known story with hilarious results .
So what about you? Do you have a sci-fi lover in your home, or have a favorite alien-encounter story from your childhood? The next time I'm looking for a little escape from the mundane, I will try to remember my own adventures as a kid, and look no further than the night sky and a book.