Books… in… spaaaaace!

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.

Most things in the Liaden series by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller.  There are several places you can start, including The Crystal Variation, and/or Fledgling.

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?

12 Responses to “Books… in… spaaaaace!”

  1. delagar Says:

    I just finished two books y’all might like, both by Sherry Thomas: A Study in Scarlet Women and its sequel, A Conspiracy in Belgravia. The premise is that Sherlock Holmes is actually Charlotte Holmes, a young woman in an impoverished (though upperclass) British family.

    Nice writing and characters here.

  2. Jenny F. Scientist Says:

    I really enjoyed Fire Upon the Deep, many years ago. Also Elizabeth Moon’s Vatta series.

  3. Nancy Says:

    Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and the sequel, Geminae. Third book comes out in March (why must I wait so long?!

  4. natalieinne Says:

    Have you read the Paradox series by Rachel Bach? It starts with Fortune’s Pawn, and also includes Honor’s Knight and Heaven’s Queen. It’s more space opera–ish with lots of fighting and action. I blew through all three books on vacation, and I never read all the books in a series without lots of books in between. I just had to know what happened next every time the book was over.

  5. nicoleandmaggie Says:

    I got through to all my MOC this morning first try for the rep and one senator, first local office I tried for the other senator. There are SO many things to be calling about this morning. I don’t think it matters which you pick, but they need to know we’re paying attention. Here’s 5calls:

    I did the tax bill this morning, but you could do dreamers or net neutrality or enforcing the ACA or protecting national monuments or renewing CHIP or opposing a Mueller firing or preventing federal overriding of state conceal carry restrictions and so much more. It should be harder to get through than it is given how much there is to protest.

    Or send a fax for free!

  6. nicoleandmaggie Says:

  7. nicoleandmaggie Says:

    Here’s some net neutrality protests today:

  8. nicoleandmaggie Says:

  9. Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life Says:

    I’m not sure my space operas are necessarily going to be soothing but I’ve spent a lot of time with David Weber’s Honor Harrington series, and really any Baen author like Elizabeth Moon.

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