Today I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for their weekly feature, Top Ten Tuesday! There are a few different options for this week’s prompt: “top ten historical settings I love/would love to read about,” or “top ten futuristic societies I love/would love to read about.”
Well, I’m going to combine a little bit of each of them all into one post! Science fiction is one of my all-time favorite genres, and I read a ton of historical fiction in elementary and middle school, so this week’s prompt allows me to combine those two passions!
This time, my top ten list is really just two top five lists smushed together. I decided to talk about the historical settings and futuristic societies I would love to read about (or write about!), and then at the end of this post I listed books like this that have actually been published.
Five Historical Settings I Would Love To Read About
1. The European Theater of World War II with LGBTQ+ characters
So… I just really really want Marvel to confirm Captain America & Bucky Barnes & Peggy Carter & Howard Stark as bisexual. I WANT THIS SO BADLY. I NEEEEEED IT. And if it doesn’t happen, someone should write a prose novel with a similar concept, because WWII is a period of history that has always fascinated me, and I love learning what life was like for queer people in the past.
2. Wild West with outlaw girlfriends
Kind of like Billy the Kid or Jesse James, but two women! OH MY GODDD I JUST HAD THE BEST THOUGHT: WHAT IF IT WAS WRITTEN IN THE SAME HILARIOUS STYLE AS THE SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT WILD WEST SHORT STORY?! I need lots and lots of flirting and wisecracking and gunfights. I don’t even know why… I’m the most rule-abiding person ever. My idea of being lawless and wild is, like, sneaking cookies and fruit out of the dining hall even though we’re not supposed to, and even then I feel bad.
3. Nineteenth-century Austria & BEETHOVEN
He’s one of my favorite composers! I would love to read a story about someone who meets Beethoven – maybe they work for him in some way? And they’re also a musician, but just starting out? I think this would work well as either a YA or adult novel.
4. Chicago during the Great Depression
My hometown is about an hour away from Chicago, so I’ve been there a bunch of times… but I haven’t read very many books about it! And the Depression is an interesting period of time to study, so I’d like the book to be set then. Aaaand getting even more specific now… I want to read something about the breadwinner of the family! Mother or father, I don’t care – I realized like just now that although I’ve read a LOT of stories about the Great Depression, most of them were about how children were affected by it.
5. Sixteenth-century Latin America & the conquistadors
I want to read a loooooong novel (or series of novels) about this! The conquistadors were horrible, bloodthirsty explorers who were almost obsessive in their search for gold and other riches… so I think they would be REALLY compelling antiheroes.
Five Futuristic Societies I Would Love To Read About
1. PIRATES! In SPACE!
ALL OF THE SPACE PIRATES. Like Han Solo and Carswell Thorne? YEAHHHH BRING IT ON. Space pirates and smuggling and sarcasm and groups of pirates fighting both each other and the government that’s trying to capture them. AHHHH SOMEONE WRITE THIS ASAP PLEASE.
2. Flooded NYC
With global warming, the polar ice caps are melting and the sea level is rising… and while this is all extremely distressing to think about, wouldn’t it be cool to read or write about?! Imagine people paddling about the city in boats, as they do in Venice, or maybe snorkelers who explore abandoned buildings even though they’re officially off-limits due to being full of potential hazards.
3. Deep sea colony
I just think stories about the ocean are really cool, OK?! It would be amazing if someday we have the technology and equipment to allow us to not only explore the the deepest reaches of the ocean, but to also build colonies down there so that scientists can continue their exploration and research. Aaaand since there are so many super creepy fish in the deep deep sea, this novel could be a cross between sci fi and horror!
4. The United States after a massive decrease in population
Like, what if there was a story about a futuristic US where only a tiny amount of the population remains?! (For whatever reason – war, disease, alien abduction, et cetera. I’m not really picky about this part of the plot.) We’d have to find food and fend off wild animals and adjust to not having electricity and indoor plumbing anymore.
5. Martians visiting Earth for the first time
And by “Martians,” I DON’T mean little green men. I mean, like… kids who were born in colonies on Mars who have to visit the US as teenagers for some reason! It would be soooo much fun to read about life on Mars, as well as the culture shock that I’m sure those teens would experience!
Here are some historical and futuristic books that I’ve either read and enjoyed or plan to read sometime soon!
- Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters. All of her books, honestly – this author has written a ton of books about queer women living at the turn of the nineteenth century. Basically, this sounds like perfection and I need to read alllllll of the books.
- All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen. This is a steampunk retelling of Twelfth Night and The Importance of Being Earnest set in London during the 1880s!
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Achilles & Patroclus! Yay! I actually wrote an essay about them for Superheroes Unleashed last semester, so I really need to read this.
- 1984 by George Orwell. My Wonder Woman professor said that it is impossible to understand the modern-day superhero without reading 1984, and I’ve been meaning to read it since forever anyway, so I should get my hands on a copy of it this spring!
- A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin. Based on the War of the Roses! Which I honestly need to learn more about so I can predict who will live and who will die in the story…
- A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. I love how the plot of this story, set in 1895, moves around from country to country. The protagonist is from India, but moves to England. She’s white, but the story combines elements of both cultures, which is really good – we definitely need more diversity in historical fiction.
- The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Eizabeth George Speare. This was one of my favorite books EVER when I was a little kid, but I haven’t read it in a long time – maybe I should!
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I’ve never finished a video game in my entire life, but this science fiction novel sounds really unique!
- Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix. This is about three girls who find themselves caught in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire… I loved it sooo much and it made me cry!
- Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley. A YA novel about the civil rights movement in the US… with bisexual female protagonists! YESSSS.
What about you?! Tell me all about your ideas for historical fiction and/or books about futuristic societies! AND THEN WE MUST CONVINCE AUTHOR PEOPLES TO WRITE THEM FOR US.
P.S. I’m so glad I finally found some time to write this post! Now that it’s the third week of school, I’m getting slammed with homework… lots of books to read and essays to write. In a recent post, I wrote that I love the first week of school because it’s all of the routine with none of the work. And… yeah, I so wish I could rewind time and go a few weeks back to when my head wasn’t spinning with all the studying I have to do.