New sci-fi and science reads for January 2020

It’s a busy start to the new decade with plenty to choose from in sci-fi and science reads. Here are my top picks!

How We Learn: Why Brains Learn Better Than Any Machine…for Now by Stanislas Dehaene
Combines AI, neurobiology, and cognitive psychology for an in-depth look at how we learn, both in an educational setting and everyday life.

QualityLand by Marc-Uwe Kling
This dystopian satire by German author Kling has been described as a mix of George Orwell and Douglas Adams–with perhaps a touch of Monty Python in there too. Sounds intriguing!

Sam: One Robot, a Dozen Engineers, and the Race to Revolutionize the Way We Build by Jonathan Waldman
Could a robot lay bricks as well as a mason? Twenty-five years ago, two Americans (future in-laws) were determined to find out.

The Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray
A near-future dystopian/political thriller. Earth has stopped rotating on its axis, and the UK is in the remaining habitable zone between the scorched and the freezing.

Stars Beyond by S. K. Dunstall
The second in the Stars Uncharted series. Fast-paced, entertaining space opera, likely to appeal to fans of The Expanse or Becky Chambers.

The Field Guide to Citizen Science by Darlene Cavalier
Sneaking this one in a little early as it doesn’t release until Feb 4th. An accessible guide to one of my favorite topics, listing over 50 scientific projects we can all participate in–right now!

The Starstruck Saga : Volume 1 Boxset by S.E. Anderson
You hit ONE guy with a car and suddenly you’re trapped in an unending space adventure! Read all 5 volumes in this fun, quirky, action-packed series full of galactic hijinks. Currently on special offer.

A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen
Detailed world building combined with fantastic character development in this near-future US where the remaining population must rebuild after a devastating flu pandemic.

Will any of these make it onto your TBR list? What are your reading goals for 2020? Let me know in the comments.

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