The Final Frontier: Space Books & Sci-Fi

Douglas County Libraries is exploring the Final Frontier this month with space-themed events at various locations throughout the district. If you’re looking for more sci-fi fun and futuristic thrills, check out these books!

 

YA Sci-Fi

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Illuminae

by Amie Kauffman & Jay Kristoff
In the year 2575, the planet Kerenza is attacked. New exes Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, with a malfunctioning ship’s artificial intelligence and a deadly plague upping the stakes against their survival in this unconventional, suspenseful novel.

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Breaking Sky

by Cori McCarthy
In this compelling, action-packed dystopic novel set in the year 2048, Chase Harcourt, call sign “Nyx,” is chosen to fly the experimental Streaker jets at the junior Air Force Academy, despite the dark secrets in her past. As the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret that changes everything.

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Alienated

by Melissa Landers

High school senior Cara Sweeney gets in over her head when she participates in Earth’s first intergalactic high school exchange program in this romantic, suspenseful tale.

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These Broken Stars

by Amie Kauffman
Opposites attract in this suspenseful tale. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen are in a fight for their lives when their ship crash lands on an eerily deserted planet, and they must work together in order to survive.

Sci-Fi Books Turned Movies

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The Martian

by Andy Weir
In this fast-paced, suspenseful novel, Mark Watley is stranded after a dust storm cuts his team’s Mars mission short. He has to call on his ingenuity to survive with no air, shelter, food or water until the next manned mission to Mars in four years. DVD

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

by Douglas Adams
This quirky, offbeat classic kicks off the extraterrestrial journeys, notions and acquaintances of unwilling galactic traveler Arthur Dent. DVD

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I, Robot

by Isaac Asimov
With the three laws of robotics, Asimov changed our perception of robots forever. In this thought-provoking classic, he links the past, present and future of robots through a series of stories, from their primitive beginnings to a future where humanity may no longer play a part. DVD

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Dune

by Frank Herbert
Set on the desert planet Arrakis, this sweeping classic tells the tale of young Paul Atreides, who survives a devastating betrayal against his noble family to become the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib who avenges his family, and brings to life humanity’s fragile and most ancient dream. DVD

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Rocket Boys

by Homer H. Hickham
This fantastic memoir inspired the film October Sky. It explores the life of aerospace engineer Homer Hickham and his friends in Big Creek, West Virginia, from the launch of Sputnik to a career in NASA. DVD

Picture Books for Kids

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Zathura

by Chris Van Allsburg
Two boisterous brothers (Danny and Walter, first introduced in Jumanji) find more excitement than they bargained for in a space adventure board game in this fanciful and fun picture book.

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If You Decide to Go to the Moon

by Faith McNulty
In language that is elegant, yet fun, this lavish picture book invites you to accompany a boy on an emotionally charged trip to the moon — from reminders of what one should pack on a trip to the moon, to the exciting countdown and liftoff. After blastoff, facts about space travel are mingled with descriptions of what the journey might be like.

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Mousetronaut Goes to Mars

by Mark E. Kelly
A mouse stowaway on NASA’s first human mission to Mars becomes a hero when one of the landing craft’s engines fails. Meteor returns to save the day in this second picture book by Mark Kelly (retired American astronaut).

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Mars Needs Moms!

by Berke Breathed
When a disgruntled boy sees his mother being kidnapped by Martians, he realizes he loves her and will go to any lengths to protect her. Check out this delightful picture book that was made into a motion picture.

For Fans of Star Wars & Star Trek

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For the Love of Spock (DVD)

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek through a personal, intimate look at the life and career of Leonard Nimoy and the enduring appeal of his alter ego, Mr. Spock, as told by his son, Adam Nimoy.

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The Autobiography of James T. Kirk

by David A. Goodman
This clever and engaging chronicle of the most famous Starfleet captain, in his own words, traces his youth on Tarsus IV, education at the Academy, and illustrious career at the helm of the Enterprise, while sharing insights into his beliefs and famous missions. Told “in-universe,” this tribute will appeal to newcomers as well as fans of the beloved franchise.

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Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel

by James Luceno

Set before the events of Rogue One, Catalyst reveals the previously untold story of the development of the Death Star. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war. As a member of Chancellor Palpatine’s top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a super weapon before any enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic’s, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key.

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William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope

by Ian Doescher
A witty retelling of Star Wars in the style of Shakespeare, in which a wise Jedi knight, an evil Sith lord, a beautiful captive princess, and a young hero coming of age reflect the valor and villainy of the Bard’s greatest plays.

Nonfiction Reads

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StarTalk: Everything You Need to Know About Space Travel, Sci-Fi, the Human Race, the Universe & Beyond

This New York Times bestselling illustrated companion to celebrated scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s popular podcast and National Geographic Channel TV show is an eye-opening journey for anyone curious about the complexities of our universe.

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Spaceships: An Illustrated History of the Real & the Imagined

by Ron Miller
How have actual spaceships influenced the design of fictional ones like the Millennium Falcon and the Starship Enterprise? Did a fiction series in Collier’s magazine really inspire us to create real-life space stations like Mir and the ISS? How have our depictions of space travel developed as the reality of space travel changed? In this book, Miller shows that when it comes to manned spacecraft, art actually does imitate life and, even more bizarrely, life imitates art.

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Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

by Mary Roach
From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA’s new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.

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The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars

by Dava Sobel
Elegantly written and enriched by excerpts from letters, diaries and memoirs, The Glass Universe is the hidden history of the women whose contributions to the burgeoning field of astronomy forever changed our understanding of the stars and our place in the universe.

Indulge Your Passion With These Reads!

When it comes to matters of the heart, love is in the air at Douglas County Libraries with books to entertain, enlighten and inspire you year-round.

If You Love Nonfiction …

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Beer Bites: Tasty Recipes and Perfect Pairings for Brew Lovers

by Christian DeBenedetti

Beer lovers, raise your glasses and put down the pretzels. Explore the basics and nuances of beer and food pairings. This collection serves up a wide range of recipes from appetizers to snacks and main courses that go beyond typical pub grub, with recommendations of beer styles and widely available must-try brews for each dish.

 

 

 

 

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Crush: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing and the Power of Their First Celebrity Crush

Dive into this star-studded collection of essays from acclaimed and bestselling authors and celebrities that illuminate the lasting power of desire and longing, and celebrate our initiation into the euphoria, pain and mystery that is our first celebrity crush.

 

 

 

 

 

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Double Cup Love: On the Trail of Family, Food, and Broken Hearts in China

by Eddie Huang

Fresh Off the Boat was Huang’s story of growing up in his wild family as a first generation Chinese-American in the comically hostile world of suburban America. Inspired by a culinary adventure to sample the best food of China, his new book begins as a story about food and widens into a powerful story of love and family and what really makes us who we are.

 

 

 

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Food: A Love Story

by Jim Gaffigan

Gaffigan has made his comic career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet. Food brings to print his thoughts on all things culinary(ish), with insights such as: why pretzel bread is no. 3 on his list of most important inventions of humankind (behind the wheel and the computer), and the answer to the age-old question, “Which animal is more delicious: the pig, the cow, or the bacon cheeseburger?”

 

 

 

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Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing

by Jennifer Weiner

Best known for her bestselling witty, female-themed novels, Weiner brings us the stories of her life in a stunningly honest, funny, heartbreaking and, ultimately, redemptive memoir about hunger and humor, loving and losing, and a woman who searched for her place in the world and found it as a storyteller.

 

 

 

 

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Keepers: The Greatest Films and Personal Favorites of a Moviegoing Lifetime

by Richard Schickel

Move over IMDB. Schickel’s no-holds-barred, often raucously irreverent opinions range from panning classics, to spotlighting forgotten treasures, to defending the art of “popular” genres. Above all, he gives us a collection of the true gems, the immortal moments that have stuck with him over a lifetime of movie watching.

 

 

 

 

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The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World

by Abigail Tucker

Meow! Take a lively adventure through history, natural science, and pop culture in search of how cats conquered the world, the internet, and our hearts.

 

 

 

 

 

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Love: The Psychology of Attraction

by Leslie Becker-Phelps

Crack the code of compatibility and find the path to true love with this unique guide to finding the perfect mate in the modern world. Becker-Phelps’ guide is grounded in scientific study, psychological expertise, and practical insights about romance in the age of social media.

 

 

 

 

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Love Is All You Need: The Revolutionary Bond-Based Approach to Educating Your Dog

by Jennifer Arnold

New tricks for old and new dogs. Learn an alternative method of dog training based on the belief that dogs are social learners that can be taught to make choices and interpret what their humans want from them. Arnold is the founder of Canine Assistants and has trained service dogs for the past 20 years.

 

 

 

 

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Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality

by Debbie Cenziper

The inspiring true story of the lovers and lawyers behind one of the most important national civil rights victories in decades, the legalization of same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

 

 

 

 

 

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Modern Romance

by Aziz Ansari

A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth commentary from one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices. Ansari teams up with a sociologist to explore the nature of modern relationships, evaluating how technology is shaping contemporary relationships and considering the differences between courtships of the past and present.

 

 

 

 

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121 First Dates: How to Succeed at Online Dating, Fall in Love, and Live Happily Ever After (Really!)

by Wendy Newman

Relationship expert Newman dishes up practical wisdom for navigating the online dating trenches with grace, efficiency, and a strong dose of humor. Her dating tales will find you laughing, commiserating, and nodding your head as you learn how to stay in the dating game.

 

 

 

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Tasting Wine & Cheese: An Insider’s Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing

by Adam Centamore

Is there anything better than a great wine and cheese pairing? You might enjoy a robust cabernet with a sharp, aged cheddar, or perhaps a crisp Sancerre with a tangy, creamy chevre. Whether you’re looking to broaden your appreciation for gourmet combinations or simply looking for a menu to host a party, you’ll find everything you need in this comprehensive guide.

 

 

 

 

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The Temporary Bride: A Memoir of Love and Food in Iran
by Jennifer Klinec

Klinec is fearless. In her 30s, she abandons her bland corporate job to launch a cooking school from her London apartment and travel the world in search of delicious recipes and obscure culinary traditions. Prepare yourself for a true story of forbidden love set against the rich cultural and political backdrop of modern-day Iran.

 

 

 

 

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Why You Love Music: From Mozart to Metallica, the Emotional Power of Beautiful Sounds

by John Powell

Music impacts the ways we work, relax, behave and feel. It can make us smile or cry, it helps us bond with the people around us, and it even has the power to alleviate a range of medical conditions. Scientist and musician Powell dives deep into decades of psychological and sociological studies in order to answer the question, “Why does music affect us so profoundly?”

 

 

 

 

Fond of Fiction?

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All the Birds in the Sky

by Charlie Anders

Laurence is an engineering genius who’s working to avert a catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention. Patricia is a graduate of a hidden academy for the world’s magically gifted. Little do they realize that something begun years ago in their youth is determined to bring them together — to either save the world or plunge it into a new dark ages.

 

 

 

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The Bollywood Bride

by Sonali Dev

Ria Parkar is Bollywood’s favorite ice princess — beautiful, poised, and scandal-proof until one impulsive act threatens to expose her destructive past. Rich with details of modern Indian-American life, here is a warm, sexy and witty story of love, family, and the difficult choices that arise in the name of both.

 

 

 

 

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Crosstalk

by Connie Willis

In the not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. Briddey Flannigan is delighted when her boyfriend suggests undergoing the operation prior to a marriage proposal. But things don’t quite work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely and in a way far beyond what she signed up for.

 

 

 

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Eligible

by Curtis Sittenfeld

This version of the Bennet family and Mr. Darcy is one that you haven’t (or maybe you have) met before in a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s enduringly popular novel of love and manners.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sweetbitter

by Stephanie Danler

Meet Tess, a small-town girl thrust into the upscale New York restaurant scene. Her appetites are awakened, for food, wine, knowledge and experience, and she’s pulled into the thrall of two other servers — a handsome bartender she falls hard for, and an older woman whose connection to both young lovers is murky, sensual and overpowering.

 

 

 

 

View the full list in our catalog.