From the very beginning we have looked to the stars and dreamed of reaching them, and stories about how we get there and what comes next are a fundamental part of that dream. Good science fiction can amaze and motivate, warn, raise questions and spark the imagination, inspiring human creativity and each new generation of stargazers. Plus, it's just fun to read. Here are some of the best science fiction books Space.com's writers and editors have read and loved — an incomplete list, but one that's always growing.(We are constantly reading new and classic space books to find our favorite takes on the universe. Our recently-read books in all categories can be found at Best Space Books. You can see our ongoing Space Books coverage here.)What We're Reading:'Delta-v' (Dutton, 2019)By Daniel SuarezIn "Delta-v," an unpredictable billionaire recruits an adventurous cave diver to join the first-ever effort to mine an asteroid. The crew's target is asteroid Ryugu, which in … [Read more...] about Best Science Fiction Books
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A few days before the 2016 election, journalist Andrew Sullivan wrote this about Donald Trump: “He has no concept of a nonzero-sum engagement, in which a deal can be beneficial for both sides. A win-win scenario is intolerable to him, because mastery of others is the only moment when he is psychically at peace.” I’m not sure dominating other people is the only occasion when Trump feels at peace. Presumably there’s a moment during what is reportedly his standard McDonald’s meal—two Big Macs, two Filets-O-Fish, and a chocolate milkshake—when all seems right with the world. Still, in Trump’s hierarchy of bliss, dominance does seem to rank at the top. “I love to crush the other side and take the benefits,” he wrote in a book called Think Big. “Why? Because there is nothing greater. For me it is even better than sex, and I love sex.” He went on to observe: “You hear lots of people say that a great deal is when … [Read more...] about How Trump Could Wind up Making Globalism Great Again
With 2018 in the rear-view mirror, 2019 lies ahead, bringing with it a ton of new science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels that will bring us to new worlds and introduce us to our next favorite characters. 2019 is shaping up to be a really exciting year for readers. There are books coming from authors that we’re huge fans of, and debuts from up-and-coming novelists that we can’t wait to delve into. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the upcoming books that we’re really excited to see on our bookshelves this year. And before you ask — yes, this could be the year that George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss get around to releasing their long awaited The Winds of Winter and The Doors of Stone, but they don’t have a release date just yet. We’ll let you know if and when that happens. But in the meantime, there are tons of other, excellent looking novels hitting stores this year. Here’s what we’re the most excited for. … [Read more...] about All the science fiction and fantasy books we’re looking forward to in 2019
Winter is supposedly coming, but for Game of Thrones fans, the wait can seem eternal. Season 7 ended in August 2017 with dragons and White Walkers and, uh, a little unwitting incest. And fans who are impatiently waiting for resolution can't even console themselves with a new George R.R. Martin book in the saga, because ha ha ha boo hoo hoo. But the book, like winter, is coming. Just before Thanksgiving 2018, Martin told the Wall Street Journal he was at a remote mountain cabin where he goes to "hunker down" and write, and that he's "hard at work" on Winds of Winter. He wouldn't give spoilers, but he said he had a master plan, despite the TV show events. "I'm still going to finish it the way I always wanted to finish it, the way it's been in my head for 25 years now," Martin said.Martin also spoke up about Winds of Winter in August 2018. Then, he noted that some people have died on screen who won't die in the books. (Margaery? Hodor? Shireen? We can dream...) … [Read more...] about Game of Thrones: Author is ‘hunkered down’ finishing next book
PUBLISHED: 07:29 12 November 2018 | UPDATED: 07:29 12 November 2018 Bethany Wales Carleton Rode school for the launch of the EDP book tokens Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018 Archant 2017 And as our Books For Schools campaign enters its second month, we have been on a mission to crown the region’s favourite children’s book. Launch of the third phase of Norwich 4 Jobs at Jobcentre Plus in Norwich. Chloe Smith MP speaking at the event. Picture: ANTONY KELLYA poll compiled of 15 of the UK’s top children’s books posted on the Eastern Daily Press website last week has so far attracted hundreds of votes, all keen to make sure their favourite is in with a chance of making top shelf.Voting closes at midnight on Friday, November, 16, so make sure you help your favourite win the crown.To help you decide, we asked some well known local faces to share their top picks.Ed Balls, ex-politician and NCFC ChairmanSouth West Norfolk MP … [Read more...] about What will be crowned Norfolk’s favourite children’s book?