August 2021: Out of This World!

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August's Year in Reading challenge is -- out of this world! Learn something new, travel somewhere fun, let your imagination run wild!


David A Aguilar
Description: Profiles each of the planets in Earth's solar system, including Pluto, Ceres, Eris, Haumea, MakeMake, the sun, the Oort cloud, comets, and more.
Call Number: J 523.2 Agu
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 22, 2021
Kelly (Science fiction writer) Robson
Description: "This volume collects Robson's best stories to date, along with exciting new work, and notes to accompany each piece. Robson's stories are noted for their compassion, humanity, humor, rigor, and joy. This volume includes the chilling gothic horror 'A Human Stain,' winner of the 2018 Nebula Award; the madcap historical fantasy 'Waters of Versailles,' which was a finalist for both the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards; and science fiction stories such as the touching Intervention, chilling 'The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill,' obscene 'What Gentle Women Dare,' heartbreaking'Two-Year Man,' and many others" --Amazon.
Call Number: FIC Rob
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 22, 2021
Nnedi Okorafor
Description: Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti's stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach. If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself--but first she has to make it there, alive.
Call Number: FIC Oko
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 22, 2021
Cherie Priest
Description: In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska's ice. Thus was Dr. Blue's Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born. But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead.
Call Number: FIC Pri
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 22, 2021
Rebecca Coffindaffer
Description: A deadly race across 1,001 planets will determine more than just the fate of the empire. Alyssa Farshot has spent her whole life trying to outrun her family legacy, even leaving behind the Kingship and her uncle, the emperor, for a life of exploring. But when her dying uncle announces a crownchase--a search for the royal seal hidden in the empire that will determine the next ruler--Alyssa is thrust into her greatest, most dangerous adventure yet.
Call Number: YA FIC Cof
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 22, 2021
Helen Fox
Description: Unlike Grumps, their old-fashioned robot, the Bell family's new robot, Eager, is programmed to not merely obey but to question, reason, and exercise free will.
Call Number: J FIC Fox
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 26, 2021
Johnny Marciano, Emily Chenoweth, Robb Mommaerts
Description: Klawde, the exiled ruler of the planet Lyttyrboks, and Raj, who just moved from Brooklyn to tiny Elba, Oregon, forge an unlikely friendship as they find their footing in a strange new world.
Call Number: J FIC Mar
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 26, 2021
Rachel Caine, Ann Aguirre
Description: Petty criminal Zara Cole is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans chosen by the Leviathan to explore the outer reaches of the universe.
Call Number: YA FIC Cai
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 22, 2021
Alastair Reynolds
Call Number: FIC Rey
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 22, 2021
Brad Meltzer, Chris Eliopoulos
Description: "A biography of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: JB Arm
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 22, 2021
Alan Dean Foster, Dean Ellis
Description: Ethan Fortune was a simple salesman--knowledgable, of course, also civilized, a sophisticated traveller between many worlds. But certainly he had never thought of himself as a hero. The banality of such an idea would have amused him. Skua September, on the other hand (a giant of a man), had apparently never done anything of less than heroic stature--and expected the like of everyone else. With the pair of them idiotically stranded on deadly, frozen Tran-ky-ky, along with an ill-assorted variety of others, Ethan Fortune suddenly found himself cast in the role of leader. He didn't find it amusing at all.
Call Number: FIC Fos
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 22, 2021
Stacy McAnulty, Stevie Lewis
Description: "A light-hearted nonfiction picture book about the formation and history of the moon and its history in relation to earth--told from the perspective of the moon itself!"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E McA
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 22, 2021
Mary Roach, Sandra. 1963- Burr
Description: The author of Stiff and Bonk explores the irresistibly strange universe of space travel and life without gravity. Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can't walk for a year? Or have sex? Or smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour? To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations. As the author discovers, it's possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA's new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), she takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.
Call Number: 629.41 Roa
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jul 22, 2021
Matt Haig
Description: When an extraterrestrial arrives on Earth, his first impressions of humans are less than positive. Taking the form of Professor Andrew Martin at Cambridge University, the visitor is eager to complete his task and hurry back to his own utopian planet. Disgusted by the way humans look, what they eat, their capacity for murder and war, he is equally baffled by the concepts of love and family. But as time goes on, he starts to reconsider.
Call Number: LP FIC Hai
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Jul 22, 2021
Sean McMullen
Description: The balance of power in the war between the Australians and the Americans is tipped by the ultimate weapon, The Miocene Arrow.
Call Number: FIC McM
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 22, 2021
Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Description: "Prince North's home is in the sky, in a gleaming city held aloft by intricate engines, powered by technology. Nimh is the living goddess of her people on the Surface, responsible for providing answers, direction--hope. North's and Nimh's lives are entwined--though their hearts can never be. Linked by a terrifying prophecy and caught between duty and fate, they must choose between saving their people or succumbing to the bond that is forbidden between them" -- Amazon.com.
Call Number: YA FIC Kau
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 22, 2021
Jeffrey Brown
Description: It's hard to believe this is Roan's last year at Jedi Academy. He's been busier than ever learning to fly (and wash) starships, swimming in the Lake Country on Naboo, studying for the Jedi obstacle course exam, and tracking down dozens of vorpak clones--don't ask. But now, someone is setting him up to get in trouble with everyone at school, including Yoda. If he doesn't find out who it is, and fast, he may get kicked out of school. Why can't middle school just be easy.
Call Number: J FIC Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 26, 2021
Anne. author McCaffrey
Description: Helva had been born a human but only her brain had been saved - saved to be schooled, programmed and implanted in the sleek titanium body of an intergalactic scout ship. But first she had to choose a human partner - male or female - to share her exhilarating escapades in space! Her life was to be rich and rewarding, resplendent with daring adventures and endless excitement, beyond the wildest dreams of mere mortals. Gifted with the voice of an angel and being virtually indestructible, Helva XH-834 anticipated a sublime immortality. Then one day she fell in love.
Call Number: FIC McC
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 22, 2021
Christian Davenport
Description: Traces the historic quest to rekindle the human exploration of space as navigated by billionaire entrepreneurs, sharing insights into how professional rivalry and Silicon Valley innovations are lowering the cost of space travel and exceeding the achievements of NASA.
Call Number: 338.7629 Dav
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 22, 2021
Mary Doria Russell, David Colacci
Description: The sole survivor of a crew sent to explore a new planet, Jesuit priest Emilio Sandoz discovers an alien civilization that raises questions about the very essence of humanity, an encounter that leads Sandoz to a public inquisition and the destruction of his faith.
Call Number: FIC Rus
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jul 22, 2021
Tish Rabe, Aristides Ruiz
Description: Dr. Seuss's Cat in the Hat introduces Sally and Dick to the planets, stars, and moons in our universe.
Call Number: Ei 520 Rab
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 22, 2021
Dustin Brady
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 26, 2021
Marie Moinard, Christelle Pécout, Montana Kane, letterer Ortho
Description: "From Ada Lovelace (computing) to Marie Curie (Physics and Chemistry), these exceptional women enabled the world to advance in all fields of science including space exploration (Mae Jemison), telecommunications (the actress also genius discoverer Hedy Lamarr), and Biology (Rosalind Franklin). An inspiration going counter to preconceived notions about women and science, presenting a diverse group from around the world."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 500.82 Moi
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 22, 2021
Fonda Lee
Description: "As seventeen-year-old Carr 'the Raptor' Luka rises to fame in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing, he learns a devastating secret that jeopardizes not only his future in the sport, but interplanetary relations"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Lee
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 22, 2021
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13 Planets : The Latest View Of The Solar System
David A Aguilar
J 523.2 Agu
Packing For Mars The Curious Science Of Life In The Void
Mary Roach, Sandra. 1963- Burr
629.41 Roa
Alias Space : And Other Stories
Kelly (Science fiction writer) Robson
FIC Rob
The Humans Matt Haig.
Matt Haig
LP FIC Hai
Binti
Nnedi Okorafor
FIC Oko
The Miocene Arrow
Sean McMullen
FIC McM
Boneshaker
Cherie Priest
FIC Pri
The Other Side Of The Sky
Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
YA FIC Kau
Crownchasers
Rebecca Coffindaffer
YA FIC Cof
The Phantom Bully
Jeffrey Brown
J FIC Bro
Eager
Helen Fox
J FIC Fox
The Ship Who Sang
Anne. author McCaffrey
FIC McC
Evil Alien Warlord Cat
Johnny Marciano, Emily Chenoweth, Robb Mommaerts
J FIC Mar
The Space Barons : Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, And The Quest To Colonize The Cosmos
Christian Davenport
338.7629 Dav
Honor Among Thieves
Rachel Caine, Ann Aguirre
YA FIC Cai
The Sparrow
Mary Doria Russell, David Colacci
FIC Rus
House Of Suns
Alastair Reynolds
FIC Rey
There's No Place Like Space
Tish Rabe, Aristides Ruiz
Ei 520 Rab
I Am Neil Armstrong
Brad Meltzer, Chris Eliopoulos
JB Arm
Trapped In A Video Game: The Complete Series
Dustin Brady
Icerigger
Alan Dean Foster, Dean Ellis
FIC Fos
Women Discoverers : Top Women In Science
Marie Moinard, Christelle Pécout, Montana Kane, letterer Ortho
500.82 Moi
Moon! : Earth's Best Friend
Stacy McAnulty, Stevie Lewis
E McA
Zeroboxer
Fonda Lee
YA FIC Lee