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[BHE 123] Launch of Reading Theme for September and October: Black Holes and Parallel Universes


Fats here.

Every Sunday, we share the books that have hunted us down and found their way into our hearts and hands. Today we are launching our new reading theme for the months of September and October — Black Holes and Parallel Universes: Marvels of Science and Speculative Fiction.

Iphigene has outdone herself with this beautiful widget she created.
Iphigene has outdone herself with this beautiful widget she created.

Essentially, we are looking for books with the following themes:

  1. Astronomy and cosmology: celestial objects (sun, moon, stars, planets, comets, galaxies), constellations, space, black holes, supernovae explosions, non-Earthly phenomenon, and other workings of the universe
  2. Science fiction: futuristic settings, space travel, time travel, faster than light travel, fringe science, parallel universes, and extraterrestrial life
  3. Scientists, inventors, and scientific inventions: scientific instruments, gadgets, machines, and robot science
  4. Steampunk: steam-based technology, steam-powered machinery, retro-futuristic inventions, and alternative histories (Victorian/Western)
  5. Speculative fiction: we will limit this broad scope to superhero fiction and utopian/dystopian fiction

Field Guides to the Night Sky


The Night Sky by Eduardo Banqueri


Secrets of Space: Stars and Galaxies by Rebecca Clay
Exploring the Night Sky by Terence Dickinson

Men of Science


Stephen Hawking: Cosmologist Who Gets a Big Bang Out of the Universe (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Inventors and Scientists) by Mike Venezia


Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei by Peter Sís


I, Galileo by Bonnie Christensen

Creations and Inventions


Trouble with Dad by Babette Cole
Henry’s Amazing Machine by Dayle Ann Dodds and Krysten Brooker


The Everything Machine by Matt Novak
Baby Brains and RoboMom by Simon James


Mama Robot by Davide Cali and Anna Laura Cantone, translated into English by Marcel Danesi


FArTHER by Grahame Baker-Smith

Myra wrote a beautiful feature on this book for our “Loss, Heartbreak, and Coming of Age” theme last year, upon recommendation of Earl Dizon of The Chronicles of a Children’s Book Writer.

Steampunk Selection


Clockwork Fairy Tales: A Collection of Steampunk Fables


Steampunk: An Illustrated History of Fantastical Fiction, Fanciful Film, and Other Victorian Visions by Brian J. Robb

Miscellaneous Reads


Migrant by Maxine Trottier and Isabelle Arsenault

This gorgeous picturebook was recommended to me by Myra. It was featured in


The Provensen Book of Fairy Tales by Alice Provensen and Martin Provensen

I accidentally came across this book during a random search in our online library catalog. Wheee!

Review Copy from Pansing Books (Singapore)


Impostor by Susanne Winnacker

We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Pansing Books for providing us copies of books for our current theme.



A couple of months ago, I joined the Summer Reading Club program sponsored by the Wayne County Public Library. I found out about it through a co-worker who was part of the club. I figured everyone was invited to participate so I registered and logged all the titles that I have read. It has been a while since I’ve updated my account. Imagine my surprise when I received an email a few weeks ago informing me that I was chosen as one of the winners for the month! I went to the reference desk and they let me choose my book prize. As soon as I saw The Monsrumologist by Rick Yancey, I immediately grabbed it. Yay for free books! (I hope I win again. Hehe.)


Amazing digital steampunk art by Kazuhiko Nakamura.
Amazing digital steampunk art by Kazuhiko Nakamura.

If you live in or around Wooster, Ohio, Ann Pilarczyk & Friends will present


on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 7 PM
at the main branch of the Wayne County Public Library.

It is “a costumed introduction to the new literary genre and cosplay phenomenon.” Refreshments will be served. Details about an upcoming Steampunk Fair will be announced during the presentation. This event is free to the public. (Unfortunately, I am scheduled to work that day. I might, however, be able to take a quick peek during my break. We hope to see you there.)

How about you, dear friends, what are the books that found their way into your hands this week? Do you have any recommended titles for us for our current theme? We would be happy to know your suggestions.

3 comments on “[BHE 123] Launch of Reading Theme for September and October: Black Holes and Parallel Universes

  1. Very cool new theme, such a mix of books that can be shared, wow! 🙂


  2. Wow-what a theme. I can’t imagine that you won’t have many, many books to share. Love the look of The Monstrumologist, Fats! I’ve purchased a few books this week, but none that fit this theme, sorry. I have A Black Hole Is Not A Hole by DeCristofano, still not read, but purchased from a great review. It will fit this new theme! Thanks for sharing so much!


  3. Great subject! Hope I get to enjoy a lot of the posts, Fats 😀


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