New sci-fi and science reads for August 2020

Hard to believe we’re already in August. While many businesses slow down at this time of year, the publishing season never stops–which is a good thing, especially this summer! This means plenty of enticing new science fiction and science releases on the menu this month. So whether you’re into astronomy, space history, parallel universes, or robots–dig in!

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson
An intriguing multiverse mystery. There aren’t many versions of Cara left, and when one of her remaining eight parallel selves dies, it threatens not only her existence but the stability of the entire multiverse.

Shuttle, Houston: Life in the Center Seat of Mission Control by Paul Dye
I’m late with this one (released July 14th), but as soon as I spotted the cover, I knew I’d have to make room for it this month. Written by NASA’s longest-serving flight director, this is the ultimate inside look at the shuttle missions and a must-read for space enthusiasts.

The Mother Code by Carole Stivers
In a pandemic-hit near future, scientists have turned to robots to ensure the survival of humanity. Children grow up raised by robot mothers, so when a directive is issued to destroy the robots, things get complicated. One to recommend to people who think they aren’t sci-fi readers.

Bradbury Beyond Apollo by Jonathan R. Eller
The conclusion to an acclaimed three-part biography (previous volumes: Becoming Ray Bradbury and Ray Bradbury Unbound), this is based on extensive research, including interviews with Bradbury and access to his letters. A must for Bradbury fans.

Architects of Memory by Karen Osborne
Book 1 in the Memory War series features a terminally ill salvage pilot who is determined to battle on to gain corporate citizenship and medical help. Fast-paced adventure with plenty of political intrigue and an alien enemy.

12 Seconds of Silence: How a Team of Inventors, Tinkerers, and Spies Took Down a Nazi Superweapon by Jamie Holmes
The story of one of the world’s first “smart weapons,” developed by the British and then refined by a secret team of American scientists known as Section T. Their efforts played a vital part in the Allied victory in World War Two.

Earthstuck by S.E. Anderson
Sci-fi mystery with plenty of humor, romance, and an extra-terrestrial murderer. This is Book 6, the final installment in Anderson’s Starstruck series. Any adventure that takes the reader from Florida malls to the dark side of the moon is sure to be a fun-filled entertaining read!

The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy’s Vanishing Explorers by Emily M. Levesque
Astronomy can come across as a bit of a dry topic sometimes, but this fun read, written by an award-winning astronomer, lets us in on what life is really like for modern-day stargazers while affirming the continued importance of this crucial work.

So lots to choose from for your August reads! Have a great rest of the summer, and if you’d like to recommend any other new releases for August, let me know in the comments.

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