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



Claire North


A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Mark Twain

Accidental travel

After On

Rob Reid


A.I. Artificial Intelligence

Steven Spielberg, Ian Watson

Robots and posthumans

All You Need Is Kill

Hiroshi Sakurazaka

Military sci-fi


John Steakley

Military sci-fi

Blade Runner

Ridley Scott



Cherie Priest


Brave New World

Aldous Huxley


Childhood’s End

Arthur C. Clarke

Alien invasion

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Steven Spielberg, Paul Schrader,

First contact


Daniel Suarez


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Philip K. Dick



Elizabeth Bear

Generation ship


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



Robert Reed

Robots and posthumans


William Gibson


On Basilisk Station

David Weber

Military sci-fi

Snow Crash

Neal Stephenson


Startide Rising

David Brin


The Calculating Stars

Mary Robinette Kowal

Alternate history/apocalyptic

The Expanse

James S. A. Corey

Hard sci-fi

The Handmaid’s Tale

Margaret Atwood


The Left Hand of Darkness

Ursula K. LeGuin


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

Bruce Cordell
Bruce Cordell

Bruce Cordell has written well over 100 roleplaying game products, including titles for four different editions of Dungeons & Dragons. He’s also penned nearly a dozen novels. Major credits at Monte Cook Games, where Bruce is a Senior Designer, include The Strange, the Ninth World Bestiary, and Strange Revelations, among many others.