Are you intimidated at the thought of helping science fiction readers? Whether your readers are fans of dystopian reads (like the Divergent series) or Afrofuturism works (like the Broken Earth novels), let NoveList and LibraryReads break down the best science fiction has to offer your readers—from alien invasions to weird science.

Join Stephen Sposato, manager of Content Curation at Chicago Public Library, and NoveList’s own Gillian Speace as they cover:

  • Why science fiction is so popular
  • How science fiction developed including classics, newcomers, and awards to know
  • Subgenres and crossovers
  • NoveList insider information on genre headings, themes, appeal terms, and more

Also included is a bonus 15-minute training on tips and where to access genre-related information. 

The webinar is now archived. Click below to watch the recording or skip ahead to the training session that took place after the webinar.

Watch the webinar recording



Stephen Sposato is the manager of Content Curation at Chicago Public Library, overseeing selection and readers' advisory. He has over fifteen years of experience in collection development and readers’ advisory. He has written for Library Journal as a reviewer and as a contributor to the Reader's Shelf column. He has provided extensive RA training, given presentations at BookExpo, the Illinois Library Association and the American Library Association, and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for LibraryReads. He enjoys reading a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction. You can follow Stephen on Twitter @stephensposato

Gillian Speace is a human being and not an AI. Yet. When she’s not busy preparing for our posthuman future, she selects and annotates titles for four NextReads newsletters (including science fiction) and creates a variety of content for NoveList with a special emphasis on genre fiction for adults. She's also a member of the NoveList Book Squad. Gillian has served on ALA-RUSA’s Reading List Council, currently reviews audiobooks for Booklist, and is the author of the forthcoming Readers’ Advisory Guide to Science Fiction from ALA Editions. She will read (or listen to) just about anything and not regret it.

Lori Reed is the Marketing Specialist for NoveList.