Giants Beneath the Stars

I’m sure it’s no surprise that I’m a life-long fan of science fiction. That means I consumed the sci-fi contents of my grade school, junior-high, high-school, and local libraries, down to the last dregs of sci-fi. In fact, I read many of the books multiple times.

I was also enrolled in the Science Fiction Book Club at a young age, which got me started building my own library. This began long before the internet brought us easy access to books. These days, I still prefer a print book over an ebook, but science fiction audio books may even push print books from the throne of my personal preference.

All of which is to say that a lot of “research” over a long period of time went into the writing of The Stars Are Fire. A tiny few of those were actually mentioned in manuscript. (Many, many more equally great books aren’t mentioned, but that is not a reflection on their quality, only on the space we had available.)

The Stars Are Fire is on preorder now!

Our friend and proofer, Jeff Quick, compiled the novels I mentioned by name for easy reference. If you love science fiction, maybe you’ve read (or in one case, watched) most of these yourself. But if you haven’t, I bet you’d enjoy trying a few.




2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke Uplift
84K Claire North Dystopian
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court Mark Twain Accidental travel
After On Rob Reid Near-future
A.I. Artificial Intelligence Steven Spielberg, Ian Watson Robots and posthumans
All You Need Is Kill Hiroshi Sakurazaka Military sci-fi
Armor John Steakley Military sci-fi
Blade Runner Ridley Scott Cyberpunk
Boneshaker Cherie Priest Steampunk
Brave New World Aldous Huxley Dystopian
Childhood’s End Arthur C. Clarke Alien invasion
Close Encounters of the Third Kind Steven Spielberg, Paul Schrader, First contact
Daemon Daniel Suarez Near-future
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick Cyberpunk
Dust Elizabeth Bear Generation ship
E.T. Steven Spielberg, Melissa Mathison First contact
Foreigner series C.J. Cherryh Social/soft sci-fi
I, Robot Isaac Asimov Robots and posthumans
Independence Day Roland Emmerich Alien invasion
Marooned in Realtime Vernor Vinge Singularity
Marrow Robert Reed Robots and posthumans
Neuromancer William Gibson Cyberpunk
On Basilisk Station David Weber Military sci-fi
Snow Crash Neal Stephenson Cyberpunk
Startide Rising David Brin Uplift
The Calculating Stars Mary Robinette Kowal Alternate history/apocalyptic
The Expanse James S. A. Corey Hard sci-fi
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood Slipstream
The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. LeGuin Feminist
The Man in the High Castle Philip K. Dick Alternate history
The Number of the Beast Robert A. Heinlein Time/dimension travel
The Red: First Light Linda Nagata Military sci-fi
War of the Worlds H.G. Wells Alien invasion

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