7 Space Themed Books That Are Out Of This World

By August 21, 2017Literature

Ground control to all avid readers… This is For Reading Addicts calling. Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime? 

Human beings have been looking up at the stars and wondering how to explore the universe for centuries. The 20th century saw the first steps of Man upon the moon, and since then giant strides have been made in the quest for further knowledge of the universe.

For many of us Earthbound Reading Addicts, we will never get the chance to explore space, but we have the next best thing: books.

Here are 7 space themed books for all ages, to inspire awe and wonder and take you into space without leaving your chair.




1. Universe: The Definitive Visual Guide

“From the fiery mass of the Sun’s core to the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way, Universe takes you on the ultimate guided tour of the cosmos. Full of stunning out-of-this world images reflecting recent advances in space imagery, you’ll go on a journey from our solar system all the way to the farthest limits of space.

Smithsonian Universe US

Smithsonian Universe UK

2. Sun, Moon, Earth

“In Sun Moon Earth, astronomer Tyler Nordgren illustrates how this most seemingly unnatural of natural phenomena was transformed from a fearsome omen to a tourist attraction. From the astrologers of ancient China and Babylon to the high priests of the Maya, Sun Moon Earth takes us around the world to show how different cultures interpreted these dramatic events.”

Sun Moon Earth US

Sun Moon Earth UK

3. National Geographic First Book of Space

“This beautiful book is the latest addition to the National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book series. These colourful pages will introduce young children to the wonders of space, with colourful illustrations by David Aguilar and simple text that is perfect for beginning readers or for reading aloud. The book will explain basic concepts of space, beginning with what is most familiar to kids and expanding out into the universe.”

First Book of Space US

First Book of Space UK

4. An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

“In An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, Col. Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. Through eye-opening, entertaining stories filled with the adrenaline of launch, the mesmerising wonder of spacewalks, and the measured, calm responses mandated by crises, he explains how conventional wisdom can get in the way of achievement-and happiness. His own extraordinary education in space has taught him some counterintuitive lessons: don’t visualise success, do care what others think, and always sweat the small stuff. “

Astronaut’s Guide to Life On Earth US

Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth UK

5. Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA

“The New York Times bestseller about the strange history of NASA and its cover-ups regarding its origins and extraterrestrial architecture found on the moon and Mars is even more interesting in its new edition. Authors Richard C. Hoagland and Mike Bara include a new chapter about the discoveries made by ex-Nazi scientist and NASA stalwart Wernher von Braun regarding what he termed “alternate gravitational solutions,” or the rewriting of Newtonian physics into hyper-dimensional spheres.”

Dark Mission US

Dark Mission UK

6. Astronaut Academy

“What’s it really like to be an astronaut on a mission to Mars? Well, kids will not only find out but can also train for their own missions in this exciting activity book. Once enrolled at the academy, they face a variety of challenges and missions that mimic the real-life tasks astronauts may have to perform in space. Specific activities include hand-eye coordination exercises, obstacle courses, building a balloon rocket, basic first-aid skills, how to deal with weightlessness, and doing fiddly things while wearing big gloves! A jam-packed Space Goodies section includes stickers, a poster, board game, press-outs, and a model space shuttle. Informative, interactive, and fun, this book will appeal to all aspiring astronauts!”

Astronaut Academy US

Astronaut Academy UK

7. Earth and Space

“Take a tour of the universe with this breathtaking collection of photographs from the archives of NASA. Astonishing images of Earth from above, the phenomena of our solar system, and the celestial bodies of deep space will captivate readers and photography lovers with an interest in science, astronomy, and the great beyond. Each extraordinary photograph from the legendary space agency is paired with explanatory text that contextualises its place in the cosmic ballet of planets, stars, dust, and matter—from Earth’s limb to solar flares, the Jellyfish Nebula to Pandora’s Cluster. Featuring a preface by Bill Nye, this engaging ebook offers up-close views of our remarkable cosmos, and sparks wonder at the marvels of Earth and space.”

Earth and Space US

Earth and Space UK




Julia Roberts to star in Chris Cleave novel adaptation

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Chris Cleave’s ambitious and powerful novel The Other Hand, known in the USA as Little Bee, is being adapted for Amazon this year.

The novel is a dual-narrative story which follows an asylum-seeker (Little Bee) from Nigeria and a British magazine editor, who meet during the oil conflict in the Niger Delta, then re-unite in England many years later. The Other Hand humanises asylum-seekers in the UK and the struggles they go through. Cleave examines the asylum system in Britain, and how the country treats refugees. He also touches upon the very relevant subjects of British colonialism and globalisation.

Amazon Studios plan to adapt this passionate and humane book, and Hollywood star Julia Roberts has also jumped at the chance to get involved.

The Wonder actor will play the character Sarah O’ Rourke, the magazine editor who meets Little Bee during the oil conflict in the Niger Delta. She is also producing the project with Red Om Films.

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J. K. Rowling and Stan Lee inducted into Sci-Fi and Fantasy Hall of Fame

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J. K. Rowling has been named as one of the writers to be inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame along with Marvel grandaddy Stan Lee.

The hall of fame for sci-fi and fantasy has been going since 1996 and Lee will be the first comic book writer to be included. Both he and Rowling have made a significant impact on the world of pop culture this past decade, with a stream of books and movies and an ever-expanding universe for both Marvel and the Potter fandom.

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Neil Gaiman’s Favourite Science Fiction Books

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Neil Gaiman was speaking to the BBC’s Front Row last month about the film adaptation of his story How to Talk to Girls at Parties as it hit UK cinemas.

As many good writers know one key to great writing is a lot of reading- and Gaiman is no different. His love for writing goes hand-in-hand with reading, so the BBC asked for his favourite science fiction novels.

These are the books he decided upon…

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Women’s Prize for Fiction Winner is Announced.

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Following the Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist announcement on International Women’s Day 2018, and then the shortlist announced in April 2018, the judges have decided upon a winner.

The 16 original books were read and discussed by the panel of judges- Sarah Sands, Katy Brand, Anita Anand, Catherine Mayer, and Imogen Stubbs- and whittled down to a final fantastic 6. After much deliberation those 6 were discussed and debated until one winner was decided upon.

Congratulations to the winner- Kamila Shamsie with Home Fire. 

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Were Roald Dahl and Terry Pratchett pen-pals?

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When he was young Terry Pratchett worked as a reporter for the Bucks Free Press. On the 25th of April in 1969, the fresh-faced Terry (using his full name- Terence) wrote to famous author Roald Dahl to ask for an interview. Letters from the Roald Dahl Museum’s Archive show the communication between Pratchett and Dahl. Despite this tantalising look at what would’ve been a fabulous interview of two hilarious and creative minds- no other letters have been discovered, and no record yet of the interview.

Fingers crossed something emerges in the future…

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Famous Authors Are Donating Thousands of Books to Help Support Oxfam

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Margaret Atwood, Paula Hawkins, Neil Gaiman and Robert Webb are among a plethora of authors who will be donating thousands of books to the Oxfam today in an effort to raise money and support the charity. Writer Eric Ngalle Charles is launching the #BooksChangeLives campaign today (May 30) at the Hay Festival. The campaign encourages readers to share books that changed their lives on social media and donate unwanted books to their local Oxfam shops.

Several famed authors have been revealing titles which changed their lives and impacted them as a writer. Dolly Alderton, author of Everything I Know About Love, opted for The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Banks. “It taught me so much about men and women – about love and relationship dynamics and the myths we’re fed about romance,” she said. Read More

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