Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston is out in the world for everyone to read and obsess over and fall in love with. We’ve been in love with the Starfield fandom ever since Geekerella, but Rosie Thorne and Vance Reigns take that fandom to the next level with an entire library of Starfield titles and the massive undertaking of cataloging each and every title.
Oh, wow do we wish Starfield were real. And since that gorgeous library is nothing more than a fantasy, we’re creating a fantasy of our own: a list of books to read to scratch that Starfield itch. So, look to the stars, aim, ignite, and read on!
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher
It’s super silly to think about The Bard himself writing a Star Wars movie, but who doesn’t need a little silliness in their life? We’re tempted to recommend Ian Doescher’s entire series – which concludes with the newly published The Merry Rise of Skywalker – but we have some semblance of self-control. (We say as we pack our entire backpack with all nine titles and put on our R2-D2 themed mask.) These books are Starfield adjacent in all the right ways. We like to think that George Lucas, William Shakespeare, and the creators of Starfield would all be contemporaries if they lived in the same timeline – and universe.
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Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
We’ve been preaching the gospel of Saga for years, but that’s because it’s so so good. This epic comic has everything: star-crossed lovers, intergalactic war, growing family, unexpected friendships, treacherous situations – and that’s just in the first volume. It’s an emotional rollercoaster in all the best ways, and we can imagine an entire Starfield-esque media empire, complete with novelizations and comic cons centered entirely on this universe. The series is currently on indefinite hiatus, but Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples are both really happy with that choice. “I actually think it’s a healthy thing to just disappear sometimes,” Vaughan said, “and give readers a chance to maybe miss your characters.” Sounds like a certain Starfield creator we know right before the rebooted movies came out.
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Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh
If you’re looking for some under the radar sci-fi that will keep you captivated for months, look no further than Do You Dream of Terra-Two? Clocking in at just over 500 pages, Temi Oh’s debut novel asks her readers what they would do for the dream of a better world. For Oh’s characters, the answer is simple: take a twenty-three-year journey to an Earth-like planet, hoping that they can build a utopia to replace their own crumbling home. We love that so many of the characters on this journey are teenagers, much like the characters of Starfield. And yes, they kind of have to be for there to be any hope at the end of that long journey. But let’s be real. Teenagers are pretty rad.
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The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
We absolutely loved The Book of Strange New Things when it came out a few years ago and we’re so happy to be singing its praises again today. This wonderful book by Michel Faber adds a religious component to the planetary exploration sci-fi adventures we know and love. When Peter, a man of incredible faith, is called to serve on a mission that’s galaxies away from his wife Bea and everything they know, he follows the calling. What Peter discovers when he arrives is beyond anything his imagination could have ever conjured up. And Bea is experiencing a world that’s changing faster than she or anyone else can cope with. It’s Starfield meets religion, with a side of an apocalyptic Earth. Woah.
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