Guest Post: Top Sci-fi Reads from Jake Choules
January 17, 2014

Hi, my name’s Jake.  I’m studying Computer Science at Cambridge but I took time out to record the Asteroids and Comets audio for Ka-Boom: A Guide to the Universe for blind teenagers.  I love reading sci-fi fiction and here are my top tips for classic novels by three masters of the genre:

Photo of Jake reading science fiction

  • ‘I, Robot’ by Asimov
  • ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ by Arthur C Clarke
  • ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ By Philip K. Dick

Not unsurprisingly, given that they are such ground-breaking works, they have all been made into movies – and excellent movies at that. You’ll probably have heard of Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’. Philip K. Dick’s novel was filmed in breathtaking style by Ridley Scott and released as ‘Blade Runner’ starring Harrison Ford, whilst ‘I, Robot’ was given the Hollywood treatment with Will Smith in the starring role.

A photograph of Jake's top 3 sci-fi novels and one of our tactile pictures of a constellation

The copies of the books that I read have been passed down to me by my Dad – as you can see from the photograph they are of a certain vintage. I note from the back that 2001: A Space Odyssey cost the princely sum of 30p in the 1970s!

 A photograph of Jake sat next to his very impressive book case!


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