12 Science Fiction Books To Add To Your Mental Health Reading List

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What do you think of when you hear the phrase “science fiction?” Robots? Time travel? Aliens? What about ‘realism?’ Not so much?

Most people don’t think that science fiction has much to say about reality. Science fiction is supposed to be about adventure and entertainment. It’s supposed to imagine futures that are far more advanced than our own, and to stretch modern science into something fantastic. Science fiction isn’t supposed to tell us anything about the actual state of things, right?

Well, this week, instead of picking just one book to feature, I have created a summer reading list comprised of twelve science fiction books that each depict the reality of one or more mental health conditions, sometimes even better than textbooks or realism. Whether it’s providing a nuanced depiction of addiction, exploring the complexities of violence, or exposing uncomfortable truths about pleasure and consumption; in these twelve examples, Sci-Fi is the best vessel for teaching us something about real life. It’s the time of the year when people are creating summer reading lists. If you want to keep things fun and exciting, while continuing to explore and better understand mental health issues, try these twelve science fiction books.

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Book of the Weeks: 4/24-5/7/2017: “Shade’s Children”

Book of the Weeks 4/24-5/7/2017: Shade's Children

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Why does nostalgia have such authority over us?

I was recently talking to a friend about nostalgia; about how we will gleefully cram junk food into our gullets or delight over terrible movies and toys that break apart in our oafish hands that are no longer sized for play. All because these things, often shoddy and undeserving of our deep affection, ignite our nostalgia.

It is a potent balm, nostalgia. It brings us back to those times when we were innocent of the vast heartbreak that life often offers; when the sun seemed always to shine, and when we could feel the boundlessness of love, as palpable as a hand on our forehead when we were sick or a hug on the playground.

A lot of things make me nostalgic. Nothing quite so much as books.  I still have my favorite books as a child, tucked away in boxes; a few still on display on a bookshelf at my mom’s house; even fewer on display in my own bookshelf. When I sometimes pick up these books to re-read them, I feel their brilliance before I even peel open their much-abused covers. I still love reading, and delight in it, but when I was a child, reading was a portal to another dimension. Reading the books I loved as a child now is more like a time machine; it takes me back to the place where reading was a form of transportation. And that is wonderful.

One common phenomenon of nostalgia that I typically bypass when it comes to books, however, is the shoddy-quality aspect. From the toys to the movies to the foods I loved as a child, most tokens that cause me to feel nostalgic are pretty much junk from a non-emotional standpoint (oh but how could Tamagotchies ever be called junk). The books I loved as a child, with few exceptions, however, tend to still be quite good reads.

This weeks’ feature book was one of my favorites as a child, and one which I still recommend now as (and to) an adult: Shade’s Children by Garth Nix.
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Fiction Fridays: The Invitation

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Welcome to the second installment of Fiction Fridays!  If you want to catch up, you can read the first Fiction Fridays story here.

As promised, this week will include a writing prompt and the opportunity to have YOUR work featured on the main page of Betty’s Battleground!

Here is the prompt: I am not a huge fan of St. Patrick’s Day. I don’t have anything against it, per say; I am just not a Catholic and I don’t really know much about its origin, and with two toddlers at home and no money, bar crawling into oblivion isn’t much of an option.

That being said, it’s St. Patrick’s Day. And a lot of people celebrate it. So, to honor the day, my prompt is based around folklore!

First, choose a genre.

Now, select a myth or folktale that you know well. It can be from any religion or culture.

Got it? Good! Now re-tell that myth in the genre you initially selected. You can change as many details as you need. It just needs to be inspired by the myth. 

I chose Science Fiction, and the myth of Persephone. As you will see, I changed many details. The mother is the woman who is kidnapped, for example. The seasons of her revisit are seasons of the human soul, rather than literal seasons. The myth is just the vessel; let you story take you where it takes you.

Entries should be between 300 and 750 words. I will choose up to three entrants to feature on the main page this Sunday! Look after my story for instructions on how to submit your writing.(Deadline passed)

And the winner is……!

Folklore Winner on www.bettysbattleground.com Zoe Omega is a Seattle based writer and artist. She comes from a family with lots of writers and several lovers of literature. She was encouraged to use her imagination from an early age and loves experimenting in art and writing.



The Story of Jesus’ Conception as Sci-fi

The great Creator had a plan. He’d had a need to create a sense of dependence for his creations. They had grown too egotistical. Too independent. He needed to send someone to Earth with a special message. To help the inhabitants of Earth bend to his will.

Mary stood by the well, filling the bucket with water for the day.

The Creator had been watching her the entirety of her life. Since all his human creations were made in his image he was interested to see what parts of himself he had bestowed upon her.

He loved her curiosity, her sense of humor. He figured those traits were becoming of a woman who would have to describe the strange incident of being impregnated by an alien being. He chose her after watching her for years. He knew these traits suited her for the position. No other woman was better suited to bring his son into the world.

She was not too independent. She would accept her fate. Other women might have been too scared, too close-minded.

When the angel Gabriel appeared she looked at him with curiosity. She showed no fear upon receiving the message she would be carrying the son of the Creator. If anything she showed amusement. She laughed upon thinking about the looks on people’s faces when she shared her condition. She imagined people’s eyes widening, the look of disbelief.

How strange, to be impregnated by a non human being. She felt a sudden sense of peace at the moment of conception. Like nothing she had experienced before. A sort of warmth emanated from her womb.

She laughed.

She had always wanted to feel special. To have some sort of purpose, and now that she was content. She eagerly awaited the opportunity to mother the strange being growing inside her.


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