In 1921, people had no idea what 2021 would be like. It was hard to predict the future one year ago, let alone one hundred! Colour TVs that can connect to the Internet, video games, phones that can take pictures… technology that we take for granted today would have seemed impossible back then.
Who knows what the future holds? But we can have fun imagining it! Do you want to visit another planet? Use a teleport device or make a robot friend? A lot of science fiction stories take place in worlds where space or time travel are part of everyday life. Many writers have thought of cool, wonderful and sometimes scary ways that science and technology could change our lives. Here are some books for this futuristic Reading Challenge category:
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
Min dreams of joining the Space Forces like her older brother Jun. But when Jun is accused of desertion, she must use her fox spirit powers to help clear his name.
Future Friend by David Baddiel
The year is 3020. Pip goes to virtual school on her G-Glasses and her only friends are a talking cat and parrot. But then one day she explores a lab and finds herself in 2019! She meets Rahul, who is also lonely and bored, and the two strike up a new friendship.
Jinxed by Amy McCulloch
Lacey lives in a world where people have baku, customizable smart pets. When she finds and fixes a broken baku, could the strange robot cat be her ticket into an elite school?
The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm
Bell is a regular kid who loves cake and cats. Oh, and he lives on Mars. But why are they so isolated? They don't have contact with anyone in the other Mars colonies, so what happens when all the adults get sick?
Lunar Blitz by Jeff Chen
Strike loves Ultraball, a sport like football – but played in spacesuits, on the moon! Can he get his team to work together to win the Ultrabowl?
Once Upon a Space-Time! by Jeffrey Brown
Jide and Petra join their new alien classmates on a research mission to Mars. But things go sideways, starting with the discovery of a potato that orbits their space classroom.