Nine Books To Blend Your Science Fiction or Gothic Reading List

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Science fiction has a special place in my heart. From Doctor Who to Star Trek to Star Wars, I’ve enjoyed a smattering of science fiction in my media consumption. Despite that, I never really considered myself a sci-fi kind of girl.

Until I read Adhara’s Sonder by Mark Alexander McClish. I know, it’s probably silly that it took me so long to realize I was into science fiction. Plus, as I mentioned in a blog previously (Top Titles To Live Your Best Gothic Life), science fiction and Gothicism live hand in hand.

In fact, there’s quite a few crossovers in the gothic and science fiction media. It may surprise you or you may have never considered a specific text as science fiction (or gothic!). Either way, I hope you’ll take a look at the following titles and let me know what you think!

Also, if you’re a writer, then you ought to also be a reader. Even if science fiction isn’t your favorite category, finding a crossover and exploring alternative genres will help expand your horizon. And you never know, you might be like me and not even realize you’re into it!

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Few creatures of horror have seized readers' imaginations and held them for so long as the anguished monster of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The story of Victor Frankenstein's terrible creation and the havoc it caused has enthralled generations of readers and inspired countless writers of horror and suspense. Considering the gothic novel's enduring success, it is remarkable that it began merely as a whim of Lord Byron's.

"We will each write a story," Byron announced to his next-door neighbors, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin and her lover, the romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

The illustrious poets failed to complete their ghost stories, but Mary Shelley rose supremely to the challenge. With Frankenstein, she succeeded admirably in the task she set for herself: to create a story that, in her own words, "would speak to the mysterious fears of our nature and awaken thrilling horror — one to make the reader dread to look round, to curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart."