The best books for fellow science dorks

The Books I Picked & Why

Cosmos

By Carl Sagan

Book cover of Cosmos

Why this book?

I read Cosmos when I was young and it inspired the love of science I still carry today. I found Sagan’s musings about the pale blue dot mesmerizing, and the science was thrilling. I ended up going to Space Camp when I was 14 and Governor’s School for Physics when I was 16 to further my scientific knowledge. When I wrote A Paradox of Fates, I used some of the science I learned in Governor’s School to explain time travel, which has always been a fascinating subject to me.


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Beyond Shame

By Kit Rocha

Book cover of Beyond Shame

Why this book?

The first book in this series takes us on a thrilling ride in a post-apocalyptic world. The romance is steamy, so if that’s not your thing, no worries, but I love a good spicy romance so I thoroughly enjoyed this entire series. Rocha does a great job of balancing the sci-fi elements along with the romance, satisfying my love of both science and romance!


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Year One (Chronicles of the One, Book 1)

By Nora Roberts

Book cover of Year One (Chronicles of the One, Book 1)

Why this book?

Another solid post-apocalyptic dystopian novel, Year One perfectly balances sci-fi, fantasy and has a twinge of romance thrown in for hard-core lovers of Roberts’ prior love stories. The science evolves throughout the story, drawing the reader in as the characters strive to save the world from impending doom.


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Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration Into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel

By Michio Kaku

Book cover of Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration Into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel

Why this book?

When I was researching time travel theories for A Paradox of Fates, I dove into this book and fell in love with Kaku’s writing all over again. I’d read him previously, and he does a great job at explaining high-concept science at a common-sense level. This is a fantastic book for anyone curious about physics where understanding seems just out of reach. 


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Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

By Neil Degrasse Tyson

Book cover of Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

Why this book?

Tyson has done a wonderful job taking over as the layman’s communicator about science after his mentor, Carl Sagan, returned to the stars. This book in particular explains a plethora of scientific questions while showcasing Tyson’s humor and overall science acumen. I enjoy anything he writes and always find his books informative and witty.


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