Books For People Who Like Space

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. This week in memory of Mr Leonard Nimoy we are looking at my top ten books for people who like space.

Books For People Who Like Space

1. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. I think many people stay away from Orson Scott Card because he is not a nice guy but surprisingly he writes good books. Ender’s Game is the story of a young boy selected by international military forces to save the world from destruction. Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders.

2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor. Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers.

3. Star Trek Voyager: The Final Fury by Dafydd ab Hugh. So I assumed that if you like space you might like Star Trek. And if you like Star Trek then you might like more Star Trek. Though most Star Trek books are terrible, like truly terrible. They are the sort of thing you read if you’ve watched all the television episodes and movies and still haven’t had enough Trek. You also don’t have to start out with The Final Fury, that just happens to be the first Trek book I read. The best way to start is pick your favourite series and read something from that.

4. The Martian by Andy Weir. It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he’s stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive–and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to get him first.

5. Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks. The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender.

6. Moondust: In Search Of The Men Who Fell To Earth by Andrew Smith. The Apollo Moon landings have been called the last optimistic act of the 20th century. Twelve astronauts made this greatest of all journeys & all were indelibly marked by it. In Moondust, journalist Andrew Smith reveals the stories of the nine still living men caught between the gravitational pull of the Moon & the Earth’s collective dreaming.

7. Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space by Carl Sagan. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carl Sagan traces our exploration of space and suggests that our very survival may depend on the wise use of other worlds. This stirring book reveals how scientific discovery has altered our perception of who we are and where we stand, and challenges us to weigh what we will do with that knowledge.

8. Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars by Lee Billings. For 4.6 billion years our living planet has been alone in a vast and silent universe. But soon, Earth’s isolation could come to an end. Over the past two decades, astronomers have discovered thousands of planets orbiting other stars. Some of these exoplanets may be mirror images of our own world. And more are being found all the time.

9. Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space by Lynn Sherr. The definitive biography of Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space. A member of the first astronaut class to include women, she broke through a quarter-century of white male fighter jocks when NASA chose her for the seventh shuttle mission, cracking the celestial ceiling and inspiring several generations of women.

10. Final Frontier: The Pioneering Science and Technology of Exploring the Universe by Brian Clegg. In Brian Clegg’s The Final Frontier we discover the massive challenges that face explorers, both human and robotic, to uncover the current and future technologies that could take us out into the galaxy and take a voyage of discovery where no one has gone before… but one day someone will.

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56 thoughts on “Books For People Who Like Space

    • I’ve seen it in the bookshop a number of times. I’ve wanted to buy a couple of his books but haven’t because they are really quite expensive considering how short they are.

      • They are well stocked in libraries! Martian Chronicles is nice because you can read chapters in any order. The Halloween Tree and Fahrenheit 451 are great also

        • I always forget that libraries exist. Though I recently worked out that its cheaper to buy books online than it is to get a bus to the library. Buses are expensive. I have a theory that this is why less people are shopping in actual book stores.

  1. I’m on a sci fi binge right now, Pale Blue Dot and The Martian have been on my bookshelf for goodness knows how long.
    No Philip K Dick or Arthur C Clarke? 😮 What?!

    • I’m actually in the middle of The Penultimate Truth by Philip K Dick just now. But this list was more books about space and stories set on space ships rather than classic sci-fi. Maybe I will do a list of classic sci-fi books too!

      • I just bought that book from a great secondhand bookshop when i was in London 🙂 That would be great, I’m a sci-fi junkie.

        Also, I don’t know how to “like” posts, but I “like” this post.

        • I picked it up from a charity shop too! Had no idea what it was about but for 75p I didn’t care.

          For liking posts (so you know for the future) if you’re on the actual blog there should be a black bar at the top of the post page. On that somewhere you should see “follow” and next to that should be a “like” you just click that. If you’re using the WordPress reader at the bottom of the post you should see the follow and like again 🙂

  2. Just bought ‘The Martian’ for my other half’s birthday after reading a great review online. Well, I bought it for him, knowing that after he’s read it, I’ll be straight in there! Hitch hiker’s- brilliant. Some of the others… I’ll have to get back to you about. Great recommendations.

  3. My oldest son is seriously into sci-fi and space. He’s read the Ender’s Game series and loved it. Thanks for the list – I’ll be adding to his shelves!

  4. I love that you mentioned Douglas Adams, my favourite! A few years ago I bought a cd box with the original radio broadcasts of the Hitchhiker’s guide, it’s fantastic. 😀

    Been wanting to read The Demon Haunted world by Carl Sagan for a while now.

    Of course I also have to chime with a few other books (only because I recently discovered them):

    Do androids dream of electric sheep by Philip K. Dick (aka the Blade Runner)
    The Martian Way by Isaac Asimov (short stories)

    Oh, and I must not forget to mention Lawrence Krauss’ The physics of Star Trek.

    And thank you for the other recommendations. 🙂

    • I have The Demon Haunted World. Its been sitting on my shelf for 6 months now. Must read that.

      Have to admit I’ve never read any Philip K. Dick. And I’m about half way through The Gods Themselves by Asimov.

      Now the physics of Star Trek sounds really interesting. Will need to buy that. Thanks 🙂

      • That’s the great thing about second hand book shops. You can find books you didn’t even know existed. Never enough time to browse.

        • Its funny you say that. This particular book shop is so full of books that it is literally impossible to find anything because there is so many books. Like seriously books everywhere. You can’t see half of the shelves because of the waist high stacks of books. I actually managed to cause a minor book avalanche just from trying to get that book out from the middle of a stack.

          I really should do a post on that shop.

        • That shop sounds better and better, Emma! I don’t think I’ve run across one with so many stacks on the floor. When shelves are unorganized that that, I have to either sit or squat to check out the lower shelves. Then I usually end up duck walking sideways. The things we do in our quest for books. 🙂

  5. I’ve only read The Hitchhiker’s Guide books, which I enjoyed, I would also recommend 2001 and 2010 by Arthur C. Clake as well as Rendezvous with Rama…ooo and Solaris as well but that is by someone whose name has escaped me for now. Great post I shall have to keep an eye out for some of those books.

  6. Bluechick: You are working far too hard lass. You’re health is bound to suffer if you keep this up. And studying as well? Too much

  7. Thanks for the tips – looking forward to trying them out. I struggle to find space-related novels for a loved one so it’s nice to have a go-to list.
    A question: Anyone know if any of these *don’t* have a dystopian world view or ending?

  8. Nice blog…impressive list of books though I’m not a sci-fi. reader. I have enjoyed some Carl Sagan and Robert Heinlein though. BTW, thanks for liking my blog, I’m very new to this but it’s growing on me! I’ve also got “The Bajan Bookworm” blog…take a look if you like.

  9. I love hitchhikers and Enders game. But I found consider phelbas really difficult to read because of all of the mad up words. A bit like clockwork orange. I ended up giving up on it.

    • Yeah I can understand that. Some books explain whats going on at the start while others just jump straight into the story and hope you get too confused. It doesn’t help that brain fog and confusing words don’t mix well.

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