I’m so excited to have Sharon Cameron, author of The Knowing, on the blog today! Check out her incredibly entertaining guest post below on her to three fave science fiction novels! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
Title: THE KNOWING
Author: Sharon Cameron
Pub. Date: October 14, 2017
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Samara doesn’t forget. And she isn’t the only one. Safe underground in the city of New Canaan, she lives in a privileged world free from the Forgetting. Yet she wonders if she really is free, with the memories that plague her and secrets that surround her. Samara is determined to unearth the answers, even if she must escape to the old, cursed city of Canaan to find them.
Someone else is on their way to Canaan too . . . a spaceship from Earth is heading toward the planet, like a figment of the city’s forgotten past. Beck is traveling with his parents, researchers tasked with finding the abandoned settlement effort. When Beck is stranded without communication, he will find more in Canaan than he was ever trained for. What will happen when worlds and memories, beliefs — and truths — collide?
Sharon’s (Admittedly Weird) Top Three Fave Science Fiction Novels
I am a nerd of many things, but science fiction is not one of them. I really and truly don’t care what genre a book falls into (which might have something to do with the fact that I can’t write straight genre fiction to save my soul!). What I care about is STORY, and whether that story takes place in the present, past, future, or a make-believe world doesn’t matter in the slightest. But when I pondered this topic, I was surprised to discover that I did indeed have a list of fave science fiction. A list that was pretty weird. Like me.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Yes, so I started with normal first. And full disclosure: I tend to separate the art from the artist, so no matter what all the opinions are on the author, I freaking love this book. SUCH A GOOD CHARACTER. SUCH A GOOD PLOT. So predictive of the (then) very near future. I’ve read this six or seven times. Love, love, love.
And now for the strange…
The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet by Eleanor Cameron
Some words of explanation: this was in my elementary school library. I checked out the entire series many times. I did a diorama in a shoebox containing huge mushrooms, mushroom aliens, and a cardboard Earth hanging down from a starry sky. Sadly, there are no pics of this.
Check out this description on Wiki:
The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet is a children’s science fiction novel written by Eleanor Cameron, published by Little, Brown in 1954. It is set in Pacific Grove, California, and on Basidium, a tiny habitable moon of Earth, invisible from the planet in its orbit 50,000 miles away. The “Mushroom Planet”, visited by the protagonists David Topman and Chuck Masterson, is covered in various types of mushrooms and is populated by little green people who are in a state of distress.
Well, OKAY. Maybe I was just channeling the love of my future last name. But Eleanor Cameron did win the National Book Award so surely these books really aren’t as bad as they sound? Either way, my kid self loved them.
(“Chuck Masterson!” Really? I mean, really? Maybe this name needs to make an appearance in another Cameron’s book someday!)
And on to the even stranger…
The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish, the Duchess of Newcastle
This book is just SO COOL. Written in 1666 (the year of the London fire), The Blazing World was a science fiction novel, a genre which didn’t even exist at the time, unsurprisingly, since novels as we know them barely existed at all. So a science fiction novel written by a woman and published under her own name? Trail-blazing to say the least. This book was literally a forerunner to ALL THE THINGS. And what a strange book it is.
A young women travels to the North Pole (in 1666!) and becomes the empress an alternate universe of talking animals (Narnia!), organizing a rebellion against her home world (Katniss!). She leads an invasion of fish men towing underwater boats (submarines- did you read this, Jules Verne?) and bird men who drop “fire stones” to subdue the enemy state (I’m pretty sure these things were A-bombs). More than half the book is about the philosophies and inventions of her created world with lots of modern high tech, like telescopes and microscopes (sound like sci-fi world-building, anyone?) and includes a side character who is…the Duchess of Newcastle! So yes, she writes herself into her own book.
Margaret Cavendish had twenty-one publications in her lifetime, and many scholars consider her not only to have written the first sci-fi novel, but to be one of the first, most outspoken feminists in history. And nobody knows her name. Which is a shame. Because I’m thinking Eleanor Cameron, and Sharon Cameron, and even Orson Scott Card, owe her a pretty big debt of gratitude.
Sharon Cameron was awarded the 2009 Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for her debut novel, The Dark Unwinding. When not writing Sharon can be found thumbing dusty tomes, shooting her longbow, or indulging in her lifelong search for secret passages. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE KNOWING. US Only.
Thanks so much to Rockstar Book Tours for hosting this tour! Be sure to check out their website here as well as the other amazing posts on this tour!
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10/10/2017- QUITE THE NOVEL IDEA– Review
10/11/2017- Feed Your Fiction Addiction– Review
10/12/2017- The Eater of Books!– Excerpt
10/13/2017- Two Chicks on Books– Excerpt
10/16/2017- Betwixt the Pages– Review
10/17/2017- YA Books Central– Excerpt
10/18/2017- The Book Nut– Review
10/19/2017- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review
10/20/2017- YA and Wine– Guest Post