This sci-fi day is actually a relatively new holiday. It was first celebrated in the United States in 2012. Thanks to the internet, it’s popularity has grown quickly amongst “nerds” and “geeks,” as well as other sci-fi fans.
This genre historically became popular around the 1800s when authors like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells wrote futuristic novels that rapidly became popular. This drove an interest in the possibilities of science.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is considered to be the first sci-fi novel (which is a term that was coined in the 1950s). The father of sci-fi, however, is widely considered to be Isaac Asimov, who wrote about 500 books and short stories, as well as inventing the three laws of robotics.
The reason January 2 is chosen as Science Fiction Day is because it is Isaac Asimov’s birthday. The holiday is officially recognized by Scholastic and the Hallmark Channel.
Ideas for Science Fiction Day
Other than reading sci-fi books and watching sci-fi movies, here are some other fun ways to celebrate!