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Science fiction is a genre of fiction in which the stories shall tell about technology and science of the future. Science fiction is imaginative but plausible and is often set in the future, in outer space, on another world, or in another dimension or universe.

This particular genre of fiction also features a human ingredient, to aid in explaining what consequence new discoveries, occurrences and scientific developments can have on the human race in the future.

Inserting science fiction into subcategories may be problematical. Certain books often overlie 2 or 3 different defined genres, making it tough to just pigeonhole them into one precise book genre or another.

One of the first pioneers of the science fiction genre is H G Wells whose celebrated novel, The War of the Worlds, outlines the invasion of late Victorian England by Martians employing fighting machines fitted with sophisticated guns. It’s a significant elucidation of an invasion of Earth by aliens. In this, as in many other novels, scientific innovations were investigated and the consequences of such were revealed.

Writing based on alternative futures or worlds, science fiction is comparable to, although differs from, fantasy because in its stories you will find elements that are largely possible even though many of them remain imaginative speculation.

Because science fiction & fantasy books are so closely associated with each other, they are genres that a number of writers have endeavoured to combine, even despite on occasion, a slight blurring of the boundaries. Generally speaking, science fiction books vary from fantasy books in that it involves things which may someday be achievable or that at the very least embody the simulation of pragmatism.

The supernatural is generally not included in science fiction, nonetheless it’s a distinctive trait of fantasy fiction. Examples of the supernatural in fantasy include magic spells or acts, magical locations just like Narnia or Hogwarts, creatures like witches and vampires, transportation in the manner of portals between worlds or broomsticks and the supernatural component of allowing people to change into trolls and so forth. Such things are essential themes in fantasy.

Certainly we can agree that science fiction is most often opposing to reality but science fiction books rely greatly on the postponement of uncertainty. This could be facilitated in reader’s minds by offering potential scientific reasons or resolutions to the fictional elements of the story.

With the dawn of new advances in science such as electrical energy and forms of powered transportation, science fiction authors specifically were in a position to generate a number of books based around these latest inventions and were extremely popular with fans of fiction books over a wide spectrum of society at large.

In the fullness of time, other genres of fiction have been used together with science fiction such as crime thrillers and mystery books and possibly astonishingly, historical romance books as in Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. This derivative of science fiction is accessible in a variety of formats for example ebooks for eReaders.

Many sci-fi books based on TV series are extremely popular in today’s market and often help to bring our much loved science fiction characters closer to us in more ways than one!


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A long time ago, in the very distant past, films were adapted from books. How many of us have said, “I’ve seen it, but it was not as good as the book,” but you hardly ever hear anybody admitting to preferring the film over its book equivalent.

There have been lots of science fiction series, as in Torchwood, Doctor Who or Star Trek, that began on television and then moved into books and as the years moved forward many more popular television genres followed suit, an example of this is the US cop drama Starsky & Hutch.

The list is in no way exhaustive and while some people call the novels by TV characters or title, a trick employed by publishers to make them marketable, the reality is, if they are well written, they will sell.

DCI Banks

British crime drama, DCI Banks, is a TV series founded on Peter Robinson’s Inspector Alan Banks novels and stars Stephen Tompkinson acting the lead part.

The pilot episodes were adapted from the novel “Aftermath”, that were so popular, a further three of Robinson’s novels were adapted for the small screen.

The initial series consisted of 3 dramas in two parts based on 3 of these books by Peter Robinson: Playing with Fire, Cold is the Grave and Friend of the Devil, which earned tremendous viewer ratings and are some of the best TV books to read .

Three more mystery and crime books concerning DCI Banks were adapted for the second series where a new character, DI Helen Morton (Caroline Catz), was introduced but does not figure in the novels; as usual a touch of artistic licence is often all that is necessary to pull off further edge of the seat scenarios and Robinson’s novels are accessible in all formats, for example eBooks for eReaders.

Dr Tony Hill

Another British crime drama is Wire in the Blood and is based on characters created by author, Val McDermid. This TV series centred on Tony Hill, played by Robson Green, who is a university clinical psychologist. Hill is skilled at finding his own dark side to get into the heads of serial killers. Working together with detectives, Hill takes on tough and ostensibly unfathomable cases in an effort to find the killers before they hit again.

The support given to the detectives by Dr Tony Hill, allows them to chase down serial killers by way of a profile, based on the actions of the killer.

Hill is bright and engaging, if a slight eccentric and he is driven by a considerable awareness of right and wrong and his comprehension of human behaviour enables him to empathise strongly with both victim and killer. Tony does get results but the cases most often distress him greatly because he has trouble distancing himself from distressing cases.

Again, using artistic licence, only two or three of these episodes were determined by storylines found in McDermid’s books, the remainder were new plots written by others.

A few of these examples aren’t books based on TV series , they could be the opposite way about but whatever way round it occurs we will have many TV books and DVDs because of it!

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Since the 2012 Olympic Games, the fascination in sports and partaking in a sport has reached new heights and is an excellent and enjoyable way for getting. It’s interesting to know how people during the Middle Ages got fit and which form of sports activities they participated in.

The people of the Middle Ages enjoyed countless hours free from graft and indulging in sports activities. Nevertheless many sports played throughout the Middle Ages were aimed towards expanding the combat abilities of men. Middle Ages Feudalism was founded on the barter of land in favour of joining the military. Lords were required to make available skilled soldiers to engage in battle for the king. It was imperative for knights to obtain excellent combat skills. The medieval sporting activities in the Middle Ages were consequently created to offer weapon practice and to boost a man’s fitness.

Sporting Contests

Feudalism was looked upon as a pyramid of power. It was possible for every person to progress further up the ranks of the pyramid and that is what everyone hoped to do. A knight who was courageous in combat or was successful at jousting in tournaments often become wealthy. His wealth could afford him a castle. His import in the land would improve resulting in his inclusion in the landed gentry. A peasant that was very talented in sporting activities during the Middle Ages should be able to win a purse at a sporting contest, secure a significant reputation and increased value by his lord and his station in life would increase.

Tournaments and Jousting

The really big sporting events were the tournaments and the jousts. These type of sports activities were perilous because men might very easily be killed. Knights who took part in these contests had to be skilled in quintain, a target utilized by knights to practice jousting. Knights and feudal lords employed such weapons as lances, swords, battle axes and daggers and the majority of Medieval sports activities were designed to provide practice of such skills. This kind of thing might be of immense interest to kids and can be within sports books for kids .


Archery wasn’t only one of the Medieval sporting activities during the Middle Ages. Lower class men were required to practice archery by law! The first Medieval Archery Law was passed in 1252, when all Englishmen between the ages of 15 to 60 were commanded, by Law, to equip themselves with a bow and arrows. The areas chosen for archery training during the Medieval era of the Middle Ages were known as the Butts.

A very powerful weapon at that time was the longbow. Used at the Battle of Crecy, in 1346, these longbows left the French army annihilated with roughly two thousand French fighters killed as opposed to fifty English men. This is the reason why Archery Laws were passed and why training at the Butts was so important and why it was among the very valuable sporting activities during the Middle Ages!

The girls of the Middle Ages were completely dictated to by all the men in their family accordingly it’s thought that the only sport women undertook was ‘legging it’ from various heavy-handed males!

There used to be numerous diverse forms of sports in the Middle Ages. Many of which were designed to improve the skills and strength of knights. These sports would incorporate jousting, quarterstaff contests, wrestling, hammer throwing, archery, skittles and bowls.

Sports activities have indeed moved on a whole lot from those times and it’s possible to look for the history of all your favoured sports activities in books for sports lovers .

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