It’s been a long winter, but the official start of spring and the International Day of Happiness are only a few weeks away! With that in mind, here’s some brand new reading sure to put a spring in your step.
A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine
Does book 2 in the Teixcalaan series live up to its Hugo award-winning first installment? Early reviews suggest yes. Space opera that’s sweeping in scope with multiple points of view shared among new and returning characters, plus some interesting–and terrifying–aliens to contend with.
Liftoff: The Desperate Early Days of SpaceX, and the Launching of a New Era by Eric Berger
Whether you love him or hate him, there’s no getting away from Mr. Musk. So there’s sure to be huge interest in this title with its focus on SpaceX’s first four test flights between 2006-2008 and interviews with both current and former employees.
Machinehood by S. B. Divya
This high-tech, near-future sci-fi thriller by a Hugo- and Nebula-nominated author is sure to have wide appeal. Issues of drug and social media dependency, human vs. AI conflict, and AI sentience are mixed in with plenty of action and diverse characters.
Beloved Beasts: Fighting For Life in an Age of Extinction by Michelle Nijhuis
Nijhuis presents a detailed history of the conservation movement and its major players while not neglecting the less palatable aspects of this topic. In an age where humanity is happily driving itself to extinction, this topic is more important than ever. For a taste of the author’s writing–and a photo of a very scary centipede–check out this article.
Dead Space by Kali Wallace
A high-stakes sci-fi thriller set on a asteroid mine. An AI specialist must solve her friend’s murder and, in the process, threatens to uncover secrets that powerful people would prefer stayed hidden. A sure bet for sci-fi mystery fans.
A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds by Scott Weidensaul
A chance to delve into the staggering feats of endurance and navigation involved in bird migration. Pulitzer finalist Weidensaul looks at the huge advances in research in this area over the last 20 years as well as the current challenges of preserving migratory patterns. Should be a fascinating read.
War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches edited by Kevin J. Anderson
Something fun and little different to finish with: a new hardcover edition of a 1996 anthology imaging how famous historical figures of the time would have reported on the War of the Worlds. With contributions by well-known authors like Robert Silverberg and Connie Willis, this should be an entertaining collection to dip into.
Do you plan to read any of these? Or do you have recommendations for March releases I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments! Until next month, stay safe.