Planetary Road Trip

We’re taking a road trip to the stars, to a galaxy far, far away, to infinity and beyond! If you’ve been itching to explore worlds beyond our own, take a look at these books to fuel your intergalactic wanderlust. Click on a title to place a hold!

And if you haven’t signed up yet for our Summer Reading Program, there’s still time to register! You can register in-person at both the main branch and the Hinkston Branch, or you can register online! And then every time you read a book, visit one of the service desks to fill out a raffle entry for one of our grand prizes. Summer Reading goes until August 12th.

Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire

“One young robot’s struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet.”







Old Venus by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois (eds.)

“This original anthology of all-new stories harkens back to the Golden Age of SF, when science fiction was filled with tales from our own solar system, at a time when no one knew what lay on the surface of our nearest galactic neighbors and speculation ran rampant. And though that old solar system was “disproved” in the 1960s, when space probes showed that the real worlds were very different from those of our imaginations, these linked anthologies take us back to the time when it still seemed possible that Mars was home to dying civilizations, and Venus was a steamy, swampy jungle world, with strange creatures lurking amidst the lush vegetation.”





Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

“Emmett accepts an interstellar space contract but learns en route that to win the promised fortune he and nine other recruits face a brutal competition, putting their very humanity at risk.”






Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life In the Void by Mary Roach
571.0919 ROACH

“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? have sex? 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 Mary Roach 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), Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.”




Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto by Alan Stern & David Grinspoon
629.4354 STERN

“Called “spellbinding” (Scientific American) and “thrilling…a future classic of popular science” (PW), the up close, inside story of the greatest space exploration project of our time, New Horizons’ mission to Pluto, as shared with David Grinspoon by mission leader Alan Stern and other key players.”






Things From Outer Space by Hank Davis (ed.)

“STORIES OF THINGS FROM SPACE. Mostly very, very bad things that want to harm humans and destroy Earth. Or take it for their own. Original stories and reprints of classics from the scary side of science fiction!”






Space Atlas: Mapping the Universe and Beyond by James Trefil
520.223 TREFIL

“Filled with lavish illustrations, this book is a grand tour of the universe. Three ever widening domains are presented–the planets, the stars, and the large scale universe itself–each including the ones before it and extending outward.”






Happy reading!

—Katie, Adult Reference