Ok, I was listening to this podcast episode about (what else?) books and reading. One of the hosts, Brea Grant, is a nervous airplane passenger, as am I. She says that her secret is to read books that are set in space. She reads books that let her think she’s not trapped in a small metal tube but rather out in the vasty darkness. I think this is a great idea.
My recommendations are:
(The standard here might be Ancillary Justice, if you haven’t read it already)
I recommend The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. The sequel is great, but not as space-ish. Not fantastic: The Ship Who Sang (by Anne McCaffrey) isn’t great art, but it’ll while away an afternoon.
Only a little bit in space, but great: Behind the Throne by K. B. Wagers
Ascension: A Tangled Axon Novel by Jacqueline Koyanagi. Pretty awesome.
Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty. Oooh! Murder mystery in space. Page-turner-y.
What have you got, Grumpy Readers?