Or, a look at five great scifi novels that also happen to be pitch-black noirs.
April 13, 2022, by Adam Oyebanji
“I can’t read science fiction. It’s not real.”
I have lost count of the number of times I’ve heard someone say that—or something like that—when I try to explain my love of a genre chock full of alien invaders, interstellar spacecraft, and gun-toting princesses, alien or otherwise.
There is something so “out there” about SF that many readers never give it a chance.
If so, you’re missing out. Science fiction is “out there” because it sets its stories in a world that isn’t necessarily ours. Sometimes in a universe that has nothing to do with the one where you’re reading this article.
Daunting for the non-nerd? Sure. But think about it this way. If the whole universe is your playpen, you can write any story you want. Any story. A love story? Sure. Starcrossed lovers from warring worlds, for starters. A swashbuckling adventure? Ditto. Isn’t that Star Wars after all?
And crime novels? Absolutely. Wait. What?