Authors You Didn’t Know Wrote Science Fiction

By Alicia Ballard

Most authors tend to write in one genre and rarely deviate.  Here we will be looking at three authors you may not have realized wrote science fiction novels.


George R R Martin

George R R Martin

Typical genre: Fantasy

NightflyersWhen a scientific expedition is launched to study a mysterious alien race, the only ship available is the Nightflyer, a fully autonomous vessel manned by a single human. But Captain Royd Eris remains locked away, interacting with his passengers only as a disembodied voice—or a projected hologram no more substantial than a ghost.

Yet that’s not the only reason the ship seems haunted. The team’s telepath, Thale Lasamer, senses another presence aboard the Nightflyer—something dangerous, volatile, and alien. Captain Eris claims to know nothing about the elusive intruder, and when someone, or something, begins killing off the expedition’s members, he’s unable—or unwilling—to stem the bloody tide.

Only Melantha Jhirl, a genetically enhanced outcast with greater strength, stamina, and intelligence than other humans, has a chance of solving the mystery—and stopping the malevolent being that’s wiping out her shipmates.

Check it out on Overdrive or Libby!


Stephen King

Stephen King

Typical Genre: Horror

Wolves of the CallaWolves of the Calla continues the adventures of Roland, the Last Gunslinger and survivor of a civilized world that has “moved on.” Roland’s quest is ka, an inevitable destiny — to reach and perhaps save the Dark Tower, which stands at the center of everywhere and everywhen. This pursuit brings Roland, with the three others who’ve joined his quest to Calla Bryn Sturgis, a town in the shadow of Thunderclap, beyond which lies the Dark Tower. Before advancing, however, they must face the evil wolves of Thunderclap, who threaten to destroy the Calla by abducting its young.

Check it out in the library or on Overdrive!


Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Typical Genre: Adventure

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's CourtNineteenth-century mechanic Hank Morgan suffers a blow to the head and wakes up in King Arthur’s Court where he tries to introduce modern technology and political ideas to the inhabitants.

Check it out in the library in our Young Adult section!