I have never been a huge fan of science fiction, and that’s because I didn’t really come in contact with this genre until I was past the age of 25. I’ve tried my share of Philip K. Dick and Ursula K. Le Guin, but I have always felt like the characters and their actions are always out of context. How should I understand the rules of a completely imaginary world if I don’t become acquainted with its basics?
That’s why I always loathed SF books that start off like the author was in the middle of a sentence when he or she suddenly decided to write a book. An author that I haven’t tried my luck with is H.G. Wells, and I am somehow under the impression that his books were better compared to what’s being published today.
I prefer reading about science instead. As I have little to no knowledge of physics and other domains of this sort, I’ve always been a tad wary when it comes to trying out new titles. I’m going to tell you about three books that have left a mark on me, though.
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman is one of the first apocalyptic books I’ve ever read. The plot is rather simple, in that it deals with New York City after every human on the planet has disappeared. I remember seeing a documentary on YouTube a couple of years ago about the same scenario. In short, there wouldn’t be too many things left of us after a while; there would be dangers lurking in the dark and at every corner. Predators have no means of thriving these days, but that’s only because of us. If you have no patience when it comes to reading, I suggest seeing the documentary as it’s definitely impactful.
The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett is another recommendation I have to make. It came out long before any zombie-related trend, and it deals with infectious diseases and the way they are transmitted. The term is, in fact, emerging diseases; these can affect the entire human population or its development in certain areas.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is the last book I am going to suggest reading if you are into science, but you are not particularly tech-savvy. Lacks was an African-American woman whose cells were preserved by scientists and experimented upon. Most of cancer and radiation research, gene mapping, and vaccine development of our days are based on those first cells from Henrietta Lacks. The woman was a poor tobacco farmer who had no idea that her cells had been taken from her in such a way.
I hope that this post has helped you and that you’ve learned something new.