Fledgling

Octavia E. Butler

In this, Butler’s last book, she returns to the notion of symbiosis so thoroughly explored in Lilith’s Brood.

Worlds of Exile and Illusion

Ursula K. Le Guin

These three novels, Le Guin’s earliest, explore the experiences of visitors on three different planets.

Bots

A letter

Aurora

Kim Stanley Robinson

Aurora follows a generational space ship as it travels to a far away solar system in search of a planet that can be safely terraformed.

Field Notes from a Catastrophe

Elizabeth Kolbert

Kolbert’s essays span Kyoto, Bush-era climate denialism, ocean acidification, Canadian tar sands, and melting glaciers.

This academic pamphlet from Donna Haraway describes dog writing as “a branch of feminist theory, or the other way around.”

Thinking Small

Daniel Immerwahr

A historical—and critical—look at the history of community development, locating its roots in dubious US-led efforts in India, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

The Lathe of Heaven

Ursula K. Le Guin

This brief novel from Ursula K. Le Guin concerns a man named George Orr who has a most unwelcome ability: his dreams have the power to alter reality.

Ancillary Mercy

Ann Leckie

The conclusion of Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch series is more madcap than the preceding books, and fiercely satisfying.