This year, I almost exclusively read science fiction. That's not normal for me, my go-to is non-fiction... but I've realized that there's a lot to be gained in the speculation of possibility.
As Cixin Liu says in an introduction to his short stories:
In China, the new generation’s way of thinking is changing dramatically. They are gradually turning their eyes away from the reality of their immediate environment and the mundanities of life toward the distant, starry sky and the future. More and more, they are beginning to see themselves as members of humankind, not merely as Chinese people. They are also beginning to care about those ultimate questions that their forebears seldom considered: where humans and the universe came from, and where they’re going. This change in their thinking will profoundly affect China’s future and even the future of humanity. The science fiction stories in this book are a vivid expression of this new way of thinking.
I wonder if I myself have come to this same "change in my thinking" recently?
My 2021 reading list (in this order):
- Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
- A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
- Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
- Exhalation by Ted Chiang
- To Hold Up the Sky by Cixin Liu
- The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson
- Foundation by Isaac Asimov
- Dune by Frank Herbert
- Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
- The Other Animals by Daniel M Ortberg, Ken Liu, etc
- Neuromancer by William Gibson