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Mar 23

Science Fiction Week, part 2

Posted on March 23, 2021 at 10:28 AM by Beth Pofahl

Science fiction week Part 2  

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photo by Qimono on Pixabay 

After taking a look at some of the older classics of science fiction in part 1, part 2 of Science Fiction Week looks at more recently published titles. Check out these book suggestions enjoyed by Lewis & Clark library staff!


Andrea recommends . . . 

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars book cover 

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars 
by Christopher Paolini 

Kira discovers an alien relic that is frightening and beautiful at the same time. As Kira struggles with transformation, the universe is launching into war. New friendships are formed, battles are won and lost, and discoveries of self and the universe are made. Christopher Paolini's To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is by far one of the best science fiction books I've read. Each chapter is action packed, making it difficult to put down. It is a dense book which could easily have been broken up into a trilogy, if each chapter didn't end in a cliffhanger. The quotes within the book rival quotes from classics like Lord of the Rings and The Dark Tower Series. I cannot say enough about this title. I am loving it and recommend it to anyone who loves science fiction or a brilliantly written book.  

Find it in the library catalog Here 
Also available in digital format: 
Axis 360 eBook 
Montana Library2Go eBook and eAudiobook 
Read more about author Here 


Ron recommends . . . 

Red Rising book cover 

Red Rising 
by Pierce Brown 

This book series is set in a future dystopian society on multiple planets, in space, and the mines on Mars. Red is a member of the lowest caste in a color-coded society. As he fights for his life and struggles to combat the injustices in his world, he works until he's among the ruling society so he can change everything for everyone. 

Find it in the library catalog Here 
Also available in digital format: 
Montana Library2Go Here 
Hoopla Here 
Read more about the author and The Red Rising series Here 


Daemon book cover 

by Daniel Suarez 

Daemon and the second book Freedom are set in a future that could just as easily be tomorrow.  When an autonomous program, or AI, starts to dismantle society to bring about a new world order, all of the technology we depend on every day can be turned against us. It has the power to reveal any secret, destroy the powerful or empower anyone to achieve its goals. This is a very fast-paced action-packed thriller that could easily happen now. 
Find it in the library catalog Here 
Also available in digital format: 
Hoopla eAudiobook 
Read more about the author and his other work Here 


Katy recommends . . . 

Three-Body Problem book cover 

The Three-Body Problem 
by Cixin Liu 

This book is a nicely balanced mix of scientific theory and compelling character storylines. I could not put it down. Speculative fiction begins with an actual past event and then imagines a different future from what actually happened in recorded history. Thus, the beginning of the book reads like historical fiction and then the plot evolves into science fiction as we go forward in time. The action is character driven in this book. I really enjoyed it. Also, good news, The Three-Body Problem is the first book in a trilogy by author Cixin Liu. 

Find it in the library catalog Here 
Also available in digital format: 
Montana Library2Go eBook and eAudiobook 
Hoopla eAudiobook 
Read more about the author and this series Here 


Jennifer suggests . . . 

Sphere book cover 

by Michael Crichton 

Sphere has been one of my favorite stories since I was fourteen and saw the movie at the old Circus Twin Theater on N. Montana. When I was in my 20s, I finally read the novel and have revisited it many times since. The story centers around an investigative team looking into a space craft with unknown origins stranded on the bottom of the ocean. As the story builds, the scientists lose their sense of reality, how matter is created, and what power they have over the physical world.  Sphere is a quick, fun read that’s light on the science and heavy on the thrill. 

Find it in the library catalog Here 
Also available in digital format: 
Montana Library2Go eBook 


Dark Matter book cover 

Dark Matter 
by Blake Crouch 
Dark Matter appealed to me because, much like Crichton’s works, it is a fast read and has a thrilling edge to the sci-fi. If you’re into alternate universes and alternate version of yourself, this book will pique your interest and keep you hooked. 


Find it in the library catalog Here 
Also available in digital format: 
Axis 360 eBook and eAudiobook 
Montana Library2Go eBook and eAudiobook 


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