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Cover art for Mary Robinette Kowal's The Calculating Stars, featuring a group of women silhouetted against the sky

The Calculating Stars

Mary Robinette Kowal
4
Rated by
Hebah A.H.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

One of my personal reading goals I set when Covid-19 first started turning things upside down was to read more of the books on my own personal shelves, things I'd bought but not read yet. I wasn't counting on my reading mojo plummeting, and truthfully, as far as timing went, I might have chosen a bit more wisely than to read a book that begins with a cataclysmic event that will likely be a human extinction event in time.

The Gravity of Us cover

The Gravity of Us

Phil Stamper
5
Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020

If you like romance, space, and getting back at greedy T.V. companies while saving NASA- this story is for you. The protagonist is witty, sarcastic, and likable, the side characters complex, and the plot is compelling. What more could you want? Stamper creates a story that revolves around very human experiences: the compulsion to fix what you love (even if it’s not your job), the rush of young love, sticking up for yourself and others in the face of opposition, and a love of space travel. Hard to imagine a better book.

Aurora Rising Cover

Aurora Rising

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
4
Monday, Jul 29, 2019

The action is intense and the storyline is fast-paced; there is always something going on. The setting in intergalactic space and the unforgettable characters make for a perfect storm of events that draws you in deeper the more you read. The writing style is beautiful and the slang feels so natural it's like the culmination of 7 people's autobiographies thrown backward in time.

The most compelling aspect of the book is the mystery behind Aurora's newfound powers, and the fact that even she doesn't know what is going on. I really fell in deep after they started planning to break into...

Extant, The First Season

Steven Spielberg
4
Rated by
Megan C.
Monday, Nov 23, 2015

It’s been a month since I watched the first season of Extant, but it’s still with me. It’s that quiet place I go to when I’m zoning out. The set design offers a vision of a gentler, more organic future, where technology is less obtrusively integrated into our daily lives than perhaps it is now. It’s the silent actor that sets a tone of calm, but there are tensions, to be sure. The introduction of a life-like android prototype into the functions of everyday life invites antagonism from many fronts, including a militant anti-technology group.

The Martian

Andy Weir
4
Rated by
Anonymous
Sunday, Apr 26, 2015

Those of you with friends or relatives who love technology and fixing things….start suggesting The Martian by Andy Weir! My father was a technology geek who read voraciously. He loved a fast plot with good characters. This is the first time, since he has passed, that I kept thinking, “doggone it, I wish dad could read this!” I have not had this much fun with a book in a long time. It is about a brilliant, quirky engineer with a great sense of humor who becomes an astronaut and is stranded on Mars.

We see the back of a young man who's pressing his hand against a glass wall with a pensive look out at the dark space beyond

Ender's Game

Orson Scott Card
4
Rated by
Hope H.
Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014

Confession #1: I shy away from Science Fiction.
Confession #2: I checked this out because the audiobook was readily available...
Confession #3: And maybe because there was a lot of buzz about the movie.

And you know what? I liked it. A lot. So much that I immediately started listening to another book in the series because I couldn't compel myself to finish my weekend housework unless my mind was in the universe of Ender Wiggin.