This Top Ten Tuesday topic (brought to you by the Broke and Bookish) is books that you’ve recently added to your TBR. It’s Science Fiction Month, so I’m going to round up my Top Ten Sci-Fi Books to hit my TBR lately. With that being said, I’m actually rather stingy about what gets put on my list so it’s not as much Top Ten as Last Ten. Anyways, here we go!
Top Ten Sci-Fi Books To Hit My TBR Lately
The Sparrow by Mary Doriah Russell
In 2019, humanity finally finds proof of extraterrestrial life when a listening post in Puerto Rico picks up exquisite singing from a planet that will come to be known as Rakhat. While United Nations diplomats endlessly debate a possible first contact mission, the Society of Jesus quietly organizes an eight-person scientific expedition of its own. What the Jesuits find is a world so beyond comprehension that it will lead them to question what it means to be human.-Goodreads
It was added because I saw another blogger recently talking about it (can’t remember who!). It’s an interesting add for me because I’m going into it with eyes wide open and as an atheist. So, will I appreciate what I find within the pages or will I roll my eyes and groan because sci-fi and religion should not mix? This was recently added, but because my library also had it in immediately, it was also recently begun. I’m currently reading it and …so far it’s okay.
Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton
Augustine, a brilliant, aging astronomer, is consumed by the stars. For years he has lived in remote outposts, studying the sky for evidence of how the universe began. At his latest posting, in a research center in the Arctic, news of a catastrophic event arrives. The scientists are forced to evacuate, but Augustine stubbornly refuses to abandon his work. Shortly after the others have gone, Augustine discovers a mysterious child, Iris, and realizes the airwaves have gone silent. They are alone.
At the same time, Mission Specialist Sullivan is aboard the Aether on its return flight from Jupiter. The astronauts are the first human beings to delve this deep into space, and Sully has made peace with the sacrifices required of her: a daughter left behind, a marriage ended. So far the journey has been a success, but when Mission Control falls inexplicably silent, Sully and her crew mates are forced to wonder if they will ever get home.-Goodreads
I do remember that the same person who made me add The Sparrow to my TBR was also the same one that made me add this one. Her list of books just looked too darned good, apparently! This is also a currently reading one.
Damocles by S.G. Redling.
When Earth is rocked by evidence that extraterrestrials may have seeded human DNA throughout the universe, a one-way expedition into deep space is mounted to uncover the truth. What linguist Meg Dupris and her crewmates aboard the Earth ship Damocles discover on Didet—a planet bathed in the near-eternal daylight of seven suns—is a humanoid race with a different language, a different look, and a surprisingly similar society.
But here, it’s the “Earthers” who are the extraterrestrial invaders, and it’s up to Meg—a woman haunted by tragedy and obsessed with the power of communication—to find the key to establishing trust between the natives and the newcomers. In Loul Pell, a young Dideto male thrust into the forefront of the historic event, Meg finds an unexpected kindred spirit, and undertakes an extraordinary journey of discovery, friendship, and life-altering knowledge.
Okay, I swear after this one I think we’re moving away from ones that were added super recently because of that science fiction book club TTT! And I’m pretty sure the same person who suggested the first two on this list did NOT suggest this one. I could be wrong, though. Those TTTs work, people.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.
But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war.- Goodreads
General hype is why I recently added this one to my list. That, plus an audible credit means I actually own it already too! Now I’ve just got to finish the other 3 books I’ve got going right now on audio and actually *listen* to it!
The latest volume in the Hugo award-winning Infinity Project series, showcasing all-original hard science fiction stories from the leading voices in genre fiction.
Sense of wonder is the lifeblood of science fiction. When we encounter something on a truly staggering scale – metal spheres wrapped around stars, planets rebuilt and repurposed, landscapes transformed, starships bigger than worlds – we react viscerally. Fear, reverence, admiration – how else are we to react to something so grand?
Bridging Infinity puts humanity at the heart of these vast undertakings – as builder, as engineer, as adventurer – reimagining and rebuilding the world, the solar system, and even the entire universe.
This continuation of the award-winning Infinity Project anothology series features bold new stories from Stephen Baxter, Elizabeth Bear, Gregory Benford, Zachary Brown, Pat Cadigan, Kameron Hurley, Scott Lynch, Vonda N. McIntyre, Hannu Rajaniemi, Allan Steele, and many more. – Goodreads
I don’t much care for anthologies as a general rule of thumb, but this one looks absolutely fascinating. I’m not even sure how I came across it, truth be told.
A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can choose -and change – their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter’s inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters.
Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement in the annals of intellectual science fiction. -Goodreads
I’ve only read one other of Le Guin’s works, and I absolutely loved it. So when I came across Left Hand of Darkness whilst researching for a Sci-Fi Challenge for next year, I knew it was definitely going on my list.
When Worlds Collide by Philip Wylie & Edwin Balmer
A runaway planet hurtles toward the earth. As it draws near, massive tidal waves, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions wrack our planet, devastating continents, drowning cities, and wiping out millions. In central North America, a team of scientists race to build a spacecraft powerful enough to escape the doomed earth. Their greatest threat, they soon discover, comes not from the skies but from other humans. A crackling plot and sizzling, cataclysmic vision have made When Worlds Collide one of the most popular and influential end-of-the-world novels of all time. – Goodreads
Again, I was researching for a challenge next year when I saw this one. The title immediately drew me in, making me think of the movie Melancholia. I can’t wait to read this one!
The Death of Grass by John Christopher
At first the virus wiping out grass and crops is of little concern to John Custance. It has decimated Asia, causing mass starvation and riots, but Europe is safe and a counter-virus is expected any day. Except, it turns out, the governments have been lying to their people. When the deadly disease hits Britain, society starts to descend into barbarism. As John and his family try to make it across country to the safety of his brother’s farm in a hidden valley, their humanity is tested to its very limits. A chilling psychological thriller and one of the greatest post-apocalyptic novels ever written, The Death of Grass shows people struggling to hold on to their identities as the familiar world disintegrates – and the terrible price they must pay for surviving. – Goodreads
Okay, so this particular cover makes it look very frontier-ish, and I overlooked this book several times. But I kept coming back to it because of the title. I don’t exactly have high hopes for it, but I need to read it!
Life is a richly textured fictional biography of the brilliant Anna Senoz, a scientist who makes a momentous discovery about the X and Y chromosomes. Anna’s discovery provokes widespread sexual rage and cruelly impacts her career, her marriage, and her child. Ultimately, Anna faces a challenge that the practice of science alone cannot meet.
This is probably the closest I’ll ever get to reading a biography. The idea fascinates me, though, on so many levels. The Y chromosone turning into an X again, and what that would mean. The challenges Anna would face. Definitely a need to read! (And yet another one I encountered on my Sci-Fi Challenge research.
Nathan Arkwright is a seminal author of the twentieth century. At the end of his life he becomes reclusive and cantankerous, refusing to appear before or interact with his legion of fans. Little did anyone know, Nathan was putting into motion his true, timeless legacy.
Convinced that humanity cannot survive on Earth, his Arkwright Foundation dedicates itself to creating a colony on an Earth-like planet several light years distant. Fueled by Nathan’s legacy, generations of Arkwrights are drawn together, and pulled apart, by the enormity of the task and weight of their name.
Random browsing found this one for me. I mean, I suppose if the author was JK Rowling famous he could probably make it work, right? I guess we’ll see how well this actually works out. Very, very curious.
So, anyways, here’s my list of Top Ten Sci-Fi Books to Hit my TBR Lately.
What books have you added to yours?