January 2nd is celebrated by science fiction fans around the United States as National Science Fiction Day and a time to enjoy it in all its forms, including television shows, books, movies, and more. January 2nd was chosen for this unofficial holiday because it’s the birth date of Isaac Asimov, one of the most famous science fiction writers of all time. He is known not only for writing and editing over 500 science fiction books, but also as a professor of biochemistry. In addition to his science fiction and science books, he also wrote mysteries and fantasy novels. In fact, his works have been published in 9 out of 10 of the Dewey Decimal categories!
So now that you know why National Science Fiction day is celebrated on January 2nd, what exactly is science fiction, anyway? Science fiction is defined as “fiction based on imagined future scientific or technological advances and major social or environmental changes, frequently portraying space or time travel and life on other planets.” Don’t confuse science fiction with fantasy; the two may be related and sometimes overlap, but science fiction is about what could happen that can still be explained by science.
If you’re a science fiction fan, maybe you’re already know exactly how you’re going to celebrate, but if you’re a beginner, how can you get started? We have some suggestions for you, no matter what your media of choice may be.