Monday, February 07, 2022

Five fantastic books about colonizing other planets

Charlie Jane Anders is the author of Victories Greater Than Death, the first book in the Unstoppable trilogy, along with the short story collection Even Greater Mistakes. She's also the author of Never Say You Can't Survive, a book about how to use creative writing to get through hard times. Her other books include The City in the Middle of the Night and All the Birds in the Sky. She's won the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, Lambda Literary, Crawford and Locus Awards.

Anders's forthcoming novel is Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak, the sequel to Victories Greater Than Death.

In 2019 at Anders tagged five great books featuring humans colonizing other planets, including:
The Expanse Series by James S.A. Corey

Even before it became a beloved TV show, this series set in a future where humans are living all over the solar system had become iconic for its portrayal of the complex webs of exploitation and prejudice that govern the lives of “Inners” and “Belters.” Corey (a pseudonym for Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) comes up with a vision of human colonization that’s both plausibly uncomfortable and politically volatile—the way real-life settlement of our solar system, and beyond, would almost certainly be.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue