No. 80 on The Guardian's list of 100 Best Books of the 21st Century, Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang was Laura's latest book club read. We are joined by real-life rocket scientists Kristy and Ed to discuss this mesmerising collection of 8 stories, one of which formed the basis of the film Arrival starring Amy Adams. Do you have to be a sci-fi devotee to appreciate Chiang's writing? Is reading Ted Chiang a way to make yourself more intelligent? And finally, did it make for a good book club discussion? All this plus some great book recommendations for your next read.
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This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal el-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
Wally Funk's Race for Space: The Extraordinary Story of a Female Aviation Pioneer by Sue Nelson
Pavane by Keith Roberts
Ed's author recommendations: John Brunner, James Blish ('Cities in Flight' and 'The Seedling Stars' [with the puddle story 'Surface Tension'] among others), and Algis Budrys