New sci-fi and science reads for September 2020

Where did the summer go? I’m back with a batch of essential science fiction and science reads to start your fall (or autumn) rolling, and apparently, it’s going to be a mega season!

The Human Cosmos: Civilisation and the Stars by Jo Marchant
Too much technology has disconnected us from the wonders of the cosmos argues science journalist Marchant, and she wants to rectify that. This sounds like a fascinating look at the history of astronomy and the diverse ways it has influenced humanity across all cultures. (The US edition is published with a different title and cover.)

Prime Deceptions by Valerie Valdes
Book 2 in this fun space opera series, following on from Chilling Effect. This time, Captain Eva Innocente and her crew are on the trail of a missing scientist, which leads them to a dangerous paradise planet. And the psychic cats are back!

Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding by Daniel Lieberman
An in-depth look at the evolution of exercise and how it can inform our present-day approach to preventing or treating disease. Topics include physical inactivity, exercise requiring speed, strength, and power, and endurance activities. Time to get up from my chair 🙂

Layers of Force by Lindsay Buroker
Action-packed sci-fi adventure in the final installment of Buroker’s popular Star Kingdom series. Fun, fast-paced with great characters and plenty of humor, If you haven’t read the other seven, now’s a great time to start catching up!

Sex robots and vegan meat: Adventures at the Frontier of Birth, Food, Sex and Death by Jenny Kleeman
Vegan meat – not too scary. Companion robots and lab-grown babies? Maybe more so. Kleeman investigates the latest wild tech innovations that are turning science fiction ideas into reality.

The Year’s Best Science Fiction Volume 1: The Saga Anthology of Science Fiction 2020 edited by Jonathan Strahan
A feast for lovers of short fiction. 28 thought-provoking stories from well-established authors to rising stars, including Ken Liu, Charlie Jane Anders, Kim Stanley Robinson and many more.

How to Astronaut: Everything You Need to Know Before Leaving Earth by Terry Virts
Planning a trip into space anytime soon? Here’s your training manual! All your space FAQ answered in this chatty, fun memoir from a former NASA astronaut.

Fearless by Allen Stroud
Fans of The Expanse, The Martian (and Perimeter :-)) — this fast-paced space opera murder mystery is for you! Plenty of action, deceit, and betrayal, all wrapped up with some good science. Stroud is a new name to watch on the British sci-fi scene.

So those are my September sci-fi/science selections! Thanks for reading, and let me know in the comments if any of these find their way onto your (no doubt mega!) TBR list.

Need to catch up?
New reads for August
New reads for July

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