Summer 2020 reading suggestions: science, fiction, and science fiction
Judging a book by the cover is something we denounce (and yet do) the world over. It is a crime, no doubt, as bad as judging a person by the face. So I suggest a less shallow way of picking: book postcards! I hope they feel like windows into the book souls.
Here’s a peek into readings from authors spanning across three centuries. There’s a mix of science, fiction, science fiction, and wholesome things. As you hop onto your summer voyages (or not, thanks to COVID-19), carry one (or more) of these along. Every page you turn, might turn your life. Happy reading!
Under the Sea-Wind
Carson gives us a world from many non-human angles and perspectives. As climate change and environmental destruction ravage the planet, it might be a good time look back at how the environmental movement started in the US. The planet is ours, but not just ours.
The Jeeves and Wooster series is a great summer watch too. Hugh Laurie plays the hapless Bertrum Wooster, while the genius butler is played by Stephen Fry.
The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Quite the summer classic.
Suzie Bitner was Afraid of the Drain
Here’s the website: Suzie Bitner
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
Try not to get overly attached to a hypothesis just because it’s yours.
Something we could all do well to remember.
Harry Potter (series)
J. K. Rowling
This is aimed at those who say, “I’ve seen the movies. Why bother with the books?”
Also, J.K. Rowling’s latest book is available online! Read here: The Ickabog
Here’s the website: Nautilus
Also here on Medium: Nautilus — Medium
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (series)
We might be stuck at home. But our minds could vacation at the other end of the universe.
Also check out The Universe in Verse, “a charitable celebration of science and nature through poetry.”
The whale wins, remember.
And a bonus:
Winnie the Pooh
A. A. Milne
We could all do with a few extra laughs this summer. Stay fed! Stay well!