True, the sun is setting a minute or two earlier each day. But there’s still time left this summer for a few more good reads.
“Time and space, death and hope: that about covers it, surely? If you’re looking for a little light reading for the summer, the best science writing and science fiction are – to coin a phrase – boldly going where none have yet gone.”
Here are a few of the highlighted tomes from Roberts’ article:
- The New World by Chris Adrian and Eli Horowitz…”An innovative story of love, decapitation, cryogenics, and memory by two of our most creative literary minds.”
- A God in Ruinsby by Kate Atkinson… read it as a companion-piece to her Life After Life (2013). “The two together may well be the most eloquent writing about death I have ever read.”
- The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu …”a mix of satisfying hard-SF …and a fascinating glimpse inside modern China.”
- Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson…”telling the incredible story of mankind’s first voyage beyond the solar system in search of a new home.”
- Clade by James Bradley…”a beautifully written meditation on climate collapse…”
- S.N.U.F.F: A Utopia by Victor Pelevin… ”a unique blend of satire and SF extrapolation.”
- The Black Mirror: Fragments of an obituary for life by Raymond Tallis…inspired by E. M. Forster’s thought that ‘Death destroys a man but the idea of it saves him.’ (SIDEBAR: Tallis trained as a doctor before going on to become Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Manchester.)
For more recommendations, read the full article.
If you have a favorite science or science fiction book, let us know.