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.
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.