The best science fantasy novels about non-human worlds that act very human

Rhonda Denise Johnson Author Of Queen of the Quantum Realm: Book One of the Nanosia Series
By Rhonda Denise Johnson

Who am I?

I was talking to some scientifically minded people online when I came across quantum physics. When I read that there’s something scientists call the Quantum Realm, I knew I had to write a book. I took the information a German scientist who specialized in quantum theory gave me and created a science fantasy world. I have a masters in English and a bachelor's in communication. Two of the most important questions a fiction author can ask are What if? and Why not? Instead of having a regular guy fall into a magic world, I had the magician’s apprentice fall into a world of science just to see what he’d do. 


I wrote...

Queen of the Quantum Realm: Book One of the Nanosia Series

By Rhonda Denise Johnson,

Book cover of Queen of the Quantum Realm: Book One of the Nanosia Series

What is my book about?

In this YA fantasy novel, Jawan, apprentice of the powerful earth mage, finds himself trapped in a world one-billionth his normal size where subatomic beings hail him as the hero who comes to save them. Jawan knows he doesn’t belong in this world and longs to go home, but he must stop Antipan whose machinations threaten both worlds.

The books I picked & why

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Elfland

By Freda Warrington,

Book cover of Elfland

Why this book?

The elves in this small English town have to blend in with their human neighbors. And a good job of it they do, too. I like the tenacity of Rosie Foxx. Her brother insists that she marry a human, and going along to get along seems the best course of action. But her elven heritage will not be denied. In a way, she is like the positrons in queen of the Quantum Realm—outcasts as they are, they think it better to be transformed into something they are not. this is very human.   

Elfland

By Freda Warrington,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Elfland as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Artemis Fowl

By Eoin Colfer,

Book cover of Artemis Fowl

Why this book?

Eoin Colfer is a master of science fantasy mixing fairy magic and high technology in a seamless drama. Like Jawan in my book, Holly Short gets in trouble by disobeying a direct order—to stand by and wait for the boss to figure out what to do while disaster spreads unmolested. I just jumped right into that very human situation where the rank and file are out in the field agonizing over whether or not to obey the orders of armchair superiors micromanaging a situation without being there.   

Artemis Fowl

By Eoin Colfer,

Why should I read it?

5 authors picked Artemis Fowl as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Magic Kingdom for Sale

By Terry Brooks,

Book cover of Magic Kingdom for Sale

Why this book?

I like the way Brooks orchestrates his characters to produce both conflict and entertainment—from the deadpan sarcasm of Abernathy to Ben Holiday himself whose training as a lawyer makes it hard for him to accept the realities of Landover, the magic kingdom. Part of Ben’s problem is political. While in my book, Jawan is the reluctant hero of Nanosia’s nonhuman populace, in Magic Kingdom, Ben is determined to be the king of Landover’s fairy world outcasts who reject him because they don’t see the benefit of changing the status quo. 

Magic Kingdom for Sale

By Terry Brooks,

Why should I read it?

5 authors picked Magic Kingdom for Sale as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


A Spell for Chameleon

By Piers Anthony,

Book cover of A Spell for Chameleon

Why this book?

A tree is just a tree. But the trees in Santh have a humanesque will to survive. They’ve evolved magic properties that keep predators from cutting them down—a peace spell that causes would-be lumberjacks to fall asleep and never wake up or a ignore spell that causes predators to ignore them. The magical plants of Santh understand what drives their enemies and use that knowledge against them.

A Spell for Chameleon

By Piers Anthony,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked A Spell for Chameleon as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Abarat

By Clive Barker,

Book cover of Abarat

Why this book?

I like the way Barker takes really bizarre characters like John Mischief and makes the reader relate to them in an unexpected way. What could be more human than an experience of unrequited love. In Abarat, the lord of midnight falls in love with the princess of day. He’s a really evil guy, but his falling in love is still believable because he’s thinking about the joining of night and day. I’m glad Barker didn’t try to get me to feel sorry for him by showing how his mother locked him in a closet when he was a little boy. That is so boilerplate.

Abarat

By Clive Barker,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Abarat as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A dazzling fantasy adventure for all ages, the first of a quartet.

Abarat: an archipelago of amazement and wonder. A land made up of twenty-five islands, each one representing one hour of the day, each one a unique place of adventure and danger (and one mysterious place out of time), all ruled over by the evil Christopher Carrion, Lord of Midnight, and his monstrous grandmother, Mater Motley.

Candy Quackenbush, a 16-year old from Chickentown, Minnesota, crosses by accident from our world into Abarat, and discovers she has been there many, many times before. She has friends there and she has…


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