New sci-fi and science reads for June 2021

Looking to add some sci-fi or science to your summer reading list? I have you covered with plenty of exciting sci-fi action adventure and engrossing science and space reads! Let’s get to it!

Catalyst Gate (The Protectorate #3) by Megan O’Keefe
Humanity is on the verge of being exterminated by an ancient alien intelligence in this action-packed, twisty space opera. It’s the final installment in this Philip K. Dick award-nominated trilogy and looks well worth a read.


Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the New Battleground of the Cold War by Jeff Shesol
A fresh retrospective on Glenn’s historic spaceflight along with its political and societal impact during the height of the space race. The book draws on new archival material and previously unpublished notes by Glenn himself. An engrossing read for space history fans.


Boundless (The Lost Fleet: Outlands #1) by Jack Campbell
In the mood for something with a more military flavor? The first of this new series by the prolific Campbell, set in his popular Lost Fleet universe, might fit the bill. A dangerous mission into alien-controlled space is sure to provide plenty of edge-of-the-seat suspense and action.


99 Maps To Save the Planet
Did you know it would only take an area of 1500 square kilometers to provide the entire world with wind power? With statistics and graphics from KATAPULT magazine and an introduction by UK naturalist Chris Packham, this quirky take on climate change illustrates the all-too perilous state of our planet, and manages to be both entertaining and thought-provoking,


Power Challenges by Ben Bova
The final work by the much-missed Bova. This is the fourth in a series set in the late 21st century. A former astronaut and advisor to the president is determined to set up a moon-base as a first step to reaching Mars, but there are plenty of obstacles in his way.


Drone Wars: Pioneers, Killing Machines, Artificial Intelligence, and the Battle for the Future by Seth J. Frantzman
A vintage-style cover for one of today’s hot-button–and scary–topics: drone wars. Military drones, first used in the 1990s, are now big business, with many smaller countries getting in on the action too. Frantzman discusses how this technology is changing modern warfare and speculates who might come out on top.


Jack Four by Neal Asher
A surefire summer winner and a treat for fans of Neal Asher–a new standalone novel set in his Polity universe. (Start with Prador Moon if you want to read the Polity in chronological order.) Hard sci-fi with fast-paced action guaranteed!


A New Frontier: Innovations in Commercial Space Travel by Zhicheng Huang
Written by an aerodynamicist involved in the Chinese space industry, this promises to be a rigorous, technical look at all aspects of this burgeoning area of space development. Huang also considers the prospects for commercial aerospace in China.


What are you planning to read this summer? Will any of these titles be on your reading list? Let me know in the comments. Happy reading!

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