There’s something about rainy days that really makes me want to read science fiction. Maybe it’s wanting to escape to another world, or maybe it’s that time of year where you can practically feel things growing around you with almost magical speed. Here’s a quick list of 5 books to keep you busy this spring.
The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis is a “what if?” exploration behind the consequences of robotics. “The Clakker: a mechanical man, endowed with great strength and boundless stamina — but beholden to the wishes of its human masters. Soon after the Dutch scientist and clockmaker Christiaan Huygens invented the very first Clakker in the 17th Century, the Netherlands built a whole mechanical army. It wasn’t long before a legion of clockwork fusiliers marched on Westminster, and the Netherlands became the world’s sole superpower. Three centuries later, it still is.
Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson might use a trope that has been around since the beginning of science fiction but this offering has more twists and turns than a Forumla 1 track. “Generations after leaving earth, a starship draws near to the planet that may serve as a new home world for those on board. But the journey has brought unexpected changes and their best laid plans may not be enough to survive.”
Or how about Planetfall by Hugo Nominated Emma Newman? “Renata Ghali
believed in Lee Suh-Mi’s vision of a world far beyond Earth, calling to humanity. A planet promising to reveal the truth about our place in the cosmos, untainted by overpopulation, pollution, and war. Ren believed in that vision enough to give up everything to follow Suh-Mi into the unknown.
The Drafter by Kim Harrison has one of the most interesting premises I’ve seen in a long time. “Peri is a Drafter, someone with the ability to rewind time 30 seconds and change the past. But every time she Drafts, her own memories are muddled—a confusion Jack, her lover and partner at Opti, the secret government agency they are both a part of, helps her muddle through. When Peri discovers her own name on a list of corrupt Opti employees, she suddenly has reason to doubt Jack—and herself, as she realizes her entire existence has been manipulated.”
If you think too many Science Fiction books rely on distopian future then you should definitely check out Gene Mapper by Taiyo Fujii. “In a future where reality has been augmented and biology itself has been hacked, the world’s food supply is genetically modified, superior, and vulnerable. When gene mapper Hayashida discovers that his custom rice plant has experienced a dysgenic collapse, he suspects sabotage.”
So if you’re looking to escape these rainy days just pop by your local branch a pick up one of these great titles.