Jens Lubbadeh Immortal Humanity's dream of eternal life has come true: Thanks to virtual reality implants, people can live on forever as perfect copies. Marlene Dietrich has also been resurrected as a star and is celebrated worldwide - until one day she disappears without a trace. Actually impossible! For the insurance agent Benjamin Kari, the search for her digital clone turns into a grueling game of cat and mouse. Cutting edge in terms of technology? Check. Exciting noir plot? Check. Marlene Dietrich? Check. Science journalist Jens Lubbadeh did everything right with his debut!
Arthur C. Clarke Departure to the Stars The Prometheus is the first spaceship capable of taking astronauts to the moon and back to Earth. Dr. Dirk Alexson is a historian, he is supposed to attend the departure of the Prometheus in 1978 and at the same time document the most important event in human history for posterity. He also learns in detail the technical background of the mission, which he incorporates into his report, as well as the spirit of optimism before departure and his own change from a mere objective observer to an enthusiastic advocate of space travel. Clarke wrote this novel as early as 1947, over twenty years before Apollo 11, and it is absolutely remarkable how accurately he "predicts" some aspects of the moon landing. For this reason alone, "Awakening to the Stars" is always worth reading.
Greg BearBlood MusicVergil Ulam, a lonely, weird scientist, is about to find out when he loses his job and, with it, his laboratory. After he has long since crossed the threshold of ethical and legal methods, he injects himself with his "research results" - and thus triggers changes all over the world, because the tiny living beings do not think of limiting themselves to Ulam's body. It is often hard to believe that "Blutmusik" was released back in 1985, so Bear, who has leased the hard SF for himself like no other, thinks so brilliantly and accurately into the future.
It's the year 2020: an expedition made up of astronauts and scientists from various nations is on the long journey to Mars. There they hope to find traces of extraterrestrial life. But meteorite impacts, the hostile environmental conditions on the Red Planet and a peculiar Martian disease as well as, last but not least, the cultural differences and political intrigues on earth bring the mission to the brink of failure more than once. Andy Weir described Bova's novel as one of the most important sources of inspiration for "The Martian" - and rightly so! Ben Bova's "Mars" is exciting, scientific and breathtaking.
Peter Clines, crack high school teacher Mike Erikson is a genius and could well have a brilliant career thanks to his photographic memory and outstanding IQ. But he prefers a modest and withdrawn life - until he lets an old friend persuade him to take part in a unique experiment: in the middle of the California desert, a team of scientists is working to make teleportation possible. But the experiment has unexpected consequences - not only for the researchers themselves, but for all of humanity ... "The gap" is impressive testimony to the many, many hours of research that Peter Clines must have invested - and on top of that with such a fast and exciting plot equipped so that you can no longer put the book away. It doesn't get any better!
Charles StrossAccelerandoManfred Macx develops ingenious high-tech ideas that he “sells” to his customers in exchange for favors - and he makes a living off of them. He is dependent on a wealth of information that he constantly calls up via his data glasses. The speed of technological progress is so rapid that artificial intelligences could soon develop consciousness. In addition, people are picking up an extraterrestrial signal that is triggering a new space boom. Macx's daughter Amber is on board the starship - and there she experiences first hand what “technical singularity” means ... Novels that deal with technological singularity basically have only two possible plots: Either humanity is cut off like in Terminator Machines eaten for breakfast, or the AIs are friendly and helpful to us. Charles Stross takes a completely different approach in "Accelerando" and looks a little further into the future ...
Hal Clement Gravity Imagine a world where gravity is nearly seven hundred times as strong as it is on Earth. A world in which intelligent life still exists, but where tiny heights of differences already resemble yawning abysses. The planet Mesklin is such a world - and one of the inhabitants, the researcher Barlennan, sets off to the equator to investigate an unheard-of event there: a spaceship on Earth has landed on Mesklin ... Gravitation has seldom been as much fun as it is on Hal Clement's planet Mesklin! One is amazed at the aliens and their abilities - and realizes that everything is basically "only" due to gravity. Brilliant!
Cixin LiuThe Three Suns China, late 1960s: while the Cultural Revolution is raging across the country, a small group of astrophysicists, political commissioners and engineers are starting a top-secret research project. Your task: to send signals into space and to establish contact with extraterrestrials before all other nations. Fifty years later, that vision is becoming a reality - in such a terrifying, disruptive, and global way that this contact will forever change the fate of humanity. You have never experienced Hard-SF like this! "The Three Suns" is a breathtaking bestseller from China, which even the former US President Barack Obama could not put down.
Robert L. ForwardThe Dragon EggIn the year 500,000 BC a neutron star was formed in the vastness of our galaxy. In 2050, an expedition team sets out to explore this neutron star, known as the dragon egg, and makes an incredible discovery: life exists on the dragon egg, probably the most inhospitable place in the entire universe! But for the cheela, the inhabitants of the dragon ice, time goes by infinitely faster than for humans and so the expedition team witnesses how an alien species progresses from the Stone Age to high technology - all in one day! "The Dragon Egg" is one of my favorite SF novels of all time - and basically a textbook about neutron stars, disguised as a novel, written by a physics genius. Don't worry: the textbook is so cleverly camouflaged that you don't even notice how much you are learning because of the tension!
Andy WeirThe Martian Astronaut Mark Watney was well on his way to becoming a living legend, becoming the first person in the history of space travel to ever set foot on Mars. Now, six days later, Mark is well on his way to becoming the first person to die on Mars: During an expedition on the Red Planet, he gets caught in a sandstorm, and when he awakes from his unconsciousness, he is alone . On the Mars. Without equipment. Without food. And without a crew, because they are already on their way back to earth. It is the beginning of a spectacular struggle for survival ... Andy Weir did the math - and the chemistry. And physics. And wrote such a really remarkable novel that is absolutely rightly internationally successful.
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