At first glance, Interstellar might just seem like another movie for the herds of hipster nerds plaguing our society. However, the film transcended cultural differences. With Hollywood bro’s Matthew McConaughey and Matt Damon leading the scenes, everyone from your grandma to that guy under the bridge became a sci-fi fan.
The fun doesn’t have to stop there, folks. After watching the movie, why not take your new found nerddom a step further and read a book? How about five of them? Alright then, here are some to get you started.
1. THE SCIENCE OF INTERSTELLAR
Hard to believe that blockbuster Hollywood film used real science isn’t it? Well, it’s all too true. In The Science of Interstellar, take a magical journey through the dope science behind Christoper Nolan’s hugely popular film. No, not The Dark Knight. With the help of executive producer and theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, fans will finally understand the complex science involved in the movie, or at least, read about it.
2. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (THE OG INTERSTELLAR)
You can’t have a sandwich without bread and you can’t have Interstellar without 2001: A Space Odyssey. “2001” is like the ever important toasted ciabatta that encases that decadent sliced prosciutto in between. There’s no point in making the sandwich without the ciabatta so, you get the point, right? Interstellar is the prosciutto in this example.
Anyway, 2001: A Space Odyssey defined popular sci-fi at the time. Additionally, a new special edition is out, allowing readers to get deep into the mind of its author, Arthur. C. Clarke. Be careful, though, you might not come out the same way.
3. THE IMMORTALITY GAME (INTERSTELLAR FOR RUSSIAN’S)
The year is 2138 in Moscow. The world is just starting to rebuild after the collapse of the late 21st Century. How? Well, that’s why you need to read the book. Join the protagonist Zoya as she tramps through the city, a prepping corpse for funerals and saving enough money to have a child. This romantic story, however, takes a turn for the worst when her brother get’s involved. Additionally, Zoya witnesses some murders and finds herself a fugitive from crazy mobsters. If that doesn’t draw you in, then you can always read Jane Eyre for the twentieth time.
4. THE FOUNDATION TRILOGY (INTERSTELLAR TIMES THREE)
Who doesn’t enjoy a thousand-year epic, galactic struggle? It’s the stuff dreams are made of and coincidentally, it’s the basis of Issac Asimov’s The Foundation Trilogy. “Foundation” begins in the eyes of one man’s future. As the Old Empire collapses into anarchy, Hari Sedlo and his rag-tag team of stylist create a new entity. Hence, “The Foundation” is formed as the group dedicates their lives to science, art, and technology in hopes of constructing a new empire.
5. HYPERION (LORD OF THE RINGS MIXED WITH INTERSTELLAR)
In a world, beyond the laws of man, there exists a place called Hyperion. There, a meddling creature exists called the Shrike. Some fear it, some worship it and others vow to destroy it. For those that love fantasy stories mixed with the weird time stuff of Interstellar, look no further than Hyperion.
Hyperion is a stunning mascarade filled with wonder. Author Dan Simmons is highly regarded for creating a masterpiece in science fiction that brings out the adventurer in everybody. Hyperion certainly get’s a bit stranger than Interstellar but perhaps you didn’t think the movie got weird enough to being with. Well, if you want weird, look no further.
There it is, Interstellar fans. A perfectly curated listed of books similar to the move. Well, they might not be like the movie at all but they’re all great books you should read. Furthermore, time is a flat circle so you never know when it will end. Or begin for that matter.