Thursday, March 22, 2018

Nancy Kress

Nancy Kress's many books include over two dozen novels, four collections of short stories, and three books on writing. Her work has won six Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Kress’s work has been translated into two dozen languages, including Klingon, none of which she can read.

Kress's new novel is If Tomorrow Comes: Book 2 of the Yesterday's Kin Trilogy.

Recently I asked the author about what she was reading. Her reply:
Books get chosen for different reasons. Right now I am or have been reading:
Homo Deus, by Yuval Noah Harari. This non-fiction was chosen by my science book club for this quarter’s meeting. A historian with an astonishing breadth of information discusses the paradigms and beliefs that have guided societies in the past (religions), that do guide us in the present (humanism and science), and will guide us in the future, when we achieve immortality and become as gods (hence the title). Interesting book, but he overstates. A lot.

Food Fight: GMOs and the Future of the American Diet, by McKay Jenkins. This is research for a novella. An unusually balanced view of a subject that can send both sides into flaming fury.

The Calculating Stars, science fiction by Mary Robinette Kowal. This is next up, after I finish reading about food fights. I will it read for pleasure, because it sounds intriguing. Meteor strike on Earth, climate change, the race to colonize space—it pushes a lot of my buttons. Just as soon as carrots and corn don’t occupy my brain…
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--Marshal Zeringue