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.)
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.