New sci-fi and science reads for May 2020

I wasn’t sure how many new books would be released in May as I’m hearing a lot about fluctuating publication dates, but fortunately it seems there are still plenty to choose from! So here are my science and sci-fi picks for this month.

Network Effect: the Murderbot Diaries #5 by Martha Wells
What better way to start than with the first full-length Murderbot novel! This is a popular series with lots of snide humor. A great choice to recommend to anyone hesitant about trying sci-fi.

Ocean Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the World Under the Sea by Julia Rothman
This illustrated guide looks like it has everything you ever wanted to know about the amazing environment of the ocean and the creatures that live there. Beautiful cover and appeal across all age groups.

Driving the Deep by Suzanne Palmer
The second in the Finders Chronicle series from a Hugo award-winning author. Billed as an “action-packed sci fi caper,” and with a hero called Fergus Ferguson, this sounds like a safe bet for an entertaining read!

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake
Much more than mushrooms, this is a thought-provoking and accessible look at what makes fungi so fascinating and such an important part of our environment.

Unreconciled by W. Michael Gear
The 4th in the Donovan series. Sure to appeal to fans of the Alien movies and anyone who enjoys entertaining sci-fi horror with plenty of proper science thrown in.

The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think by Jennifer Ackerman
I don’t consider myself a fan of birds (too many Hitchcock re-runs perhaps :-)), and it turns out my feelings were right–and wrong. Some are deceptive and murderous, but others are collaborative and altruistic. Learn all about the bird brain from this renowned expert.

Firewalkers by Adrian Tchaikovsky
This dystopian sci-fi thriller follows a group of young people known as the Firewalkers, whose job it is to keep the power running for the rich on a burning Earth. A short, fast-paced read with plenty of social commentary.

In Praise of Walking: a New Scientific Exploration by Shane O’Mara
This seemed like an appropriate one to end on as many of us have been doing much more of this recently, not to mention the fact that not too long ago I wasn’t sure I’d be capable of doing it anymore! Neuroscientist O’Mara examines the evolution of walking and the science behind its physical and mental benefits.

That’s a wrap for another month. I’ll be back in a few weeks with the start of summer reading season! What have been your favorite reads so far in 2020? Let me know in the comments.

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