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January 22, 2023

Three science fiction books for those cold, winter hours.

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The term ‘science fiction’ can seem intimidating, particularly if the science is radically different and makes little sense.

It also depends on whether you’re looking for pure escapism or would like to learn a little something while being on a fictional rollercoaster. Whatever your reasons for investing time and money in science fiction books, these three books are a must-read for they provide escapism for those craving it and/or a deeper understanding of what is drawn from real science and what isn’t.

Book: Dune

Author: Frank Herbert

First published in the ‘60s, Dune is not so much a single story but a world that is set in the future where only noble families reign. It is intertwined with the story of the young Paul and what is expected of him as he is beginning his journey. The interstellar universes and the characters unravel further as you move from Dune to its sequel books.

The book inspired director Denis Villeneuve to bring the book to the cinematic screen. Dune wasn’t a box office success but Dune 2, shot in the Middle East, is up next.

Book: The Science of Interstellar

Author: Kip Thorne

If you didn’t grasp the science that drove Christopher Nolan’s all-star film Interstellar and wondered if the science shown in the film is imaginary, you’re not the only one.

But to satisfy your curiosity, Thorne’s non-fictional book should clear up the question. Thorne addresses questions of space and time, wormholes and the basics of physics that are very much a part of the film. The book by Thorne, who was also a consultant on the film, helps to quash confusion and doubt. The film’s depiction of science, Thorne confirms, is as accurate as it could’ve been. But those among us who are skeptics, will definitely find this a worthy read.

Book: Upgrade

Author: Blake Crouch

A recent release, Upgrade doesn’t suggest “upgrading” of your computer or an electronic item you may have been working on for a while. Upgrade is about a man who knows that while he has become better at everything and is much stronger, better, faster, it is actually his genes that have been hacked. The premise itself is curious since genome project does exist, as does D.A.R.P.A in the US. Sharp and somewhat terrifying, it’s the book to read at a time where dependence on technology has grown significantly since coronavirus first appeared.

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