Let’s Go to the Laboratory (Adult/Teen)

By Skokie Staff Bibliocommons Readers Advisory

In celebration of Summer Reading, let's go to the laboratory. These works of science and science fiction provide a summer's worth of knowledge and entertainment.

  • I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and A Grander View of Life

    2016 by Yong, Ed

    Start off small with a trip through the microscopic zoo that lives within and upon us.

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  • The Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet

    2016 by Chambers, Becky

    Or take a trip through intersellar space in this delightful debut space opera about a records clerk named Rosemary who joins a spaceship crew that prepares to go into deep space.

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  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    2010 by Roach, Mary

    If you want to bring things closer to home, Mars isn't that far (33.9 million miles). But you might want to consult Mary Roach's travel guide before you go.

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  • Ninefox Gambit

    2016 by Lee, Yoon Ha

    Take a break from down-to-Earth science and challenge yourself with this novel that takes place in a star-spanning far-future society whose culture relies on advanced mathematics to produce "exotic effects" that are nigh magical.

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  • What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

    2014 by Munroe, Randall

    Millions of people visit each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic and ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by his signature xkcd comics.

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  • The Three-body Problem

    2014 by Liu, Cixin

    With the scope of Dune and the commercial action of Independence Day, this near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple-award-winning phenomenon from China's most beloved science fiction author.

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  • Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

    2016 by Ignotofsky, Rachel

    The shoulders of giants are too often perceived to be the shoulders of men. It's time we pay tribute to the achievements of women. This collection of artworks inspired by the lives and achievements of fifty famous women in science does just that.

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  • Illuminae

    2015 by Kaufman, Amie

    The planet Kerenza is attacked and star-crossed lovers Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy while their ship's artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all.

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  • Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

    2017 by Sapolsky, Robert M.

    This book offers a wild and mind-opening ride into a better understanding of just where our behavior comes from.

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  • The Scorpion Rules

    2015 by Bow, Erin

    In this gripping dystopian adventure, an AI known as Talis has taken over the world to prevent humanity from wiping itself out. Civilization has splintered into smaller territories only held together by Talis's orbital cannons, AI agents, and one simple philosophy: make it personal.

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  • Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars

    2013 by Billings, Lee

    An intimate history of Earth and the quest for life beyond the solar system traces the discoveries of thousands of exoplanets throughout the past two years, including some with Earth-like characteristics that could possibly support life.

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  • Binti

    2015 by Okorafor, Nnedi

    Binti is a teenage girl from Earth, a member of the marginalized and disrespected Himba culture, and the first of her people to attend the prestigious Oomza University, located on a distant planet and home to the galaxy's finest academic minds.

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