But what about Laura’s book club? What did they make of this collection of eight sci-fi short stories, one of which formed the basis for the film Arrival starring Amy Adams?
From a soaring Babylonian tower that connects a flat Earth with the firmament above, to a world where angelic visitations are a wondrous and terrifying part of everyday life; from a neural modification that eliminates the appeal of physical beauty, to an alien language that challenges our very perception of time and reality. . . Chiang’s rigorously imagined fantasia invites us to question our understanding of the universe and our place in it.
Rocket scientists Kristy and Ed join the discussion and weigh in on the big questions. Like, will reading Chiang make you more intelligent? Do you have to be a sci-fi devotee to enjoy him? And finally, did the book make for a good book club discussion?
Books mentioned on this episode:
- 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
- Cities in Flight and The Seedling Stars by James Blish
(particularly the puddle story ‘Surface Tension’)
- Pavane by Keith Roberts
- Underland by Robert MacFarlane
Ed also recommends authors John Brunner, James Blish and Algis Budrys.
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