There’s still time for some great summer reading.

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.

Adam Roberts opens his recent New Scientist Culturelab article, “New Scientist’s best summer reading,” with a grabber of a sentence:

“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.FA 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.

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