I read a lot. Often it's research for my own writing. Sometimes it's as competitive analysis (re-plowing the same ground as other recent books -- except, apparently, where zombies are concerned -- isn't the easiest way to sell one's own works). Many evenings, it's for relaxation. On many an occasion, it's for two or all three reasons. If I finish a book, it has -- at the least -- been useful.
Presuming that you visit SF and Nonsense because you appreciate my take on science or technology or fiction, you might find, in the post that follows, books you (and like-minded friends, relatives, etc.) will also enjoy. (And FYI, every cover is an Amazon links.)
Red Planet Blues, Robert J. Sawyer. It's a Martian adventure, noir mystery, and look at post-humanism all in one. Very clever and great fun. Based on Sawyer's 2005 novella, "Identity Theft."
The Fifth Gospel, Ian Caldwell. The historical/spiritual/mystery novel that Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code tried (and utterly failed) to be. A moving, deeply touching, thought-provoking page-turner.
Imperium and Conspirata, Robert Harris. Two novels of ancient Rome, chronicling the political rise and travails of Cicero. (I imagine that Dictator, the long-awaited conclusion of this trilogy, will be similarly excellent, but I can't yet prove that.) Utterly immersive, and every bit as compelling as the better-known I, Claudius duology by Robert Graves.
Uncertainty: Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr and the Struggle for the Soul of Science, Lindley, David. A highly lucid look at the origins of quantum mechanics, the struggle to make sense of its counter-intuitive predictions, and what it all might mean.
The Discoverers: A History of Man’s Search to Know His World and Himself, Daniel J. Boorstin. This is as ambitious as the title suggests. Boorstin, if the name isn't familiar, was Librarian of Congress from 1975 to 1987. An historian, educated at Harvard, Oxford, and Yale, his writing is as solid and meticulously detailed as anyone could want -- and for all its encyclopedic depth and breadth, eminently readable. Reviewed August 3rd in "And now for something (in fact, many somethings) completely different."