My 2017 reading list: sci-fi & non-fiction by underrepresented authors
As I wrote about last year, my ongoing New Year’s resolution is to try to read one non-fiction and one fiction book per month. I was unable to fully accomplish this goal for 2017 (I tend to gravitate more towards fiction in tumultuous times), but I loved the books I did manage to read along the way.
In the vein of last year’s post, I sought out non-fiction and science / speculative fiction books by a diverse set of authors. While last year I aimed to discover as many new female authors as possible, this year I specifically strove to experience sci-fi from other cultural perspectives and underrepresented voices, as well as learn more about the history of non-Western civilizations.
My reading list is below, including links to each book’s Amazon page if you’d like to check them out. There were no “thumbs down” books I read this year, and I’m bad at book reviews anyway, so I’ll leave judgement up to y’all.
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
The Plague of War: Athens, Sparta, and the Struggle for Ancient Greece by Jennifer T. Roberts
Predicting the Unpredictable: The Tumultuous Science of Earthquake Prediction by Susan Elizabeth Hough
What Works: Gender Equality by Design by Iris Bohnet
Autonomous: A Novel by Annalee Newitz
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
Infomocracy: A Novel by Malka Older
Kalpa Imperial: The Greatest Empire That Never Was by Angelica Gorodischer
The Mountains of Mourning by Lois McMaster Bujold
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz
The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick
Warcross by Marie Lu