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Aug 14

Books for Science and SciFi Fans by Acacia James

Posted on August 14, 2020 at 1:41 PM by Genesis Gaule

You can check these items out through our Front Door Pick Up Service or by scheduling an appointment to browse in the library.


How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems by Randall Munroe

Format: Book (502 MUNROE)
Genre: Non-Fiction / Humor
Themes: How-to, Humor, Informative, Educational, Science, Math

This book is no ordinary how-to book. Unlike other how-to books that might tell you how to bake the perfect cake or knit the coziest sweater, this book will make you think differently about the traditional way we do things. Instead, this book might suggest that you launch the cake into the sun to bake or train mice to knit the sweater for you. All of this while telling you what velocity you would have to launch said cake into the sky to reach the sun, and how many weeks it would take to train said mice along with some helpful tips on how to do so. Humor is so nicely tied into this book full of science and instruction. I couldn’t read it without laughing!

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Format: Book (510.92 SHETTERLY), young readers' edition e-book, DVD
Genre: Nonfiction / Biography; Historical Fiction (DVD)
Themes: Drama, Comedy, Sexism, Racism, Educational

The book Hidden Figures, set in 1961, is centered around three black women: Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughn. All three women work at NASA Langley Research Center during segregation in the United States. Katherine works as a human computer along with others at the research center. Segregation laws make it so Katherine has to walk half a mile to use the nearest colored bathroom. Mary Jackson is an aspiring engineer who is trying to take the mandatory classes necessary to become an engineer for NASA. The problem is, the classes are taught at an all-white school. Mary has to overcome prejudice and belief as she tries to pursue her career. Dorothy learns about an upcoming super computer that is going to be installed at NASA, making the working human computers obsolete. In response, she teaches herself and later other women how to code in the hopes that they could keep their jobs. These women are all segregated by their race and gender, but they don’t let that stop them in the pursuit of their careers and equality. This book is empowering for everyone, and it gives a small glimpse at what life was like for people of color during these times.

The Martian by Andy Weir

Format: Book (Science Fiction WEIR), e-book
Genre: Science Fiction
Themes:Space, Man Versus the Natural World, Adventure, Drama, Science, Isolation, Perseverance, Fear

A fierce storm forces a team of astronauts to evacuate from Mars. The team of astronauts leave behind fellow crew member Mark Watney after he is presumed dead. Mark Watney is left to fend for himself with deep wounds from the storm and only a small amount of provisions to survive off of. With no way to communicate and everyone on Earth thinking he’s dead, there is no help coming. With all of the odds against him, Mark doesn’t give up. He will do anything he needs to do to survive. But surviving is no easy feat, things can go wrong at every turn. Mark has to overcome: bleeding out, starvation, dehydration, low oxygen levels, freakish storms and much more. This book is full of action, anticipation, and leaves you wondering and wanting more. This book has also been turned into a movie featuring Matt Damon!

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Format: Book (Junior WESTERFELD)
Genre: Dystopian Fiction / Science Fiction / Young Adult Fiction
Themes: Appearance, Futuristic, Betrayal, Dystopian, Adventure, Friendship, Society and Class, Conformity

Tally Youngblood is an ugly. She is desperately waiting for her sixteenth birthday to come so she can have the life changing operation to make her a pretty. In Tally’s world, everyone is born an ugly. They are kept in a small town called Uglyville that is secluded from the rest of the population. When an ugly has had the surgery they move to New Pretty Town. Uglies aren’t allowed in New Pretty Town and get punished if they are caught sneaking in. Once an ugly turns sixteen, they can get an extensive surgery to make them pretty. A perfect jawbone, slim waist, fit muscles, big eyes, flawless hair and more. What every person would want, right? Tally has waited her entire life to become pretty so she can see her already changed friends, and start a life of partying and nonstop fun.

Everything changes for Tally on the day of her sixteenth birthday. Her newfound friend, Shay, runs away after declaring she doesn’t want to get the mandatory surgery. Instead of getting the operation on her birthday, Tally got an ultimatum. Find Shay and bring her back, or never become pretty. Tally is forced to make a decision. Betray her friend or give up the life she has always wanted.


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