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S. M. Wilson Recommends…

Today I have a very exciting post, it is a guest post from the incredible author S. M. Wilson! As part of the blog tour to celebrate the release of S. M. Wilson’s latest book, The Infinity Files, she has written a spectacular post recommending some excellent sci-fi books! So, without further ado here is a little bit about The Infinity Files by S. M. Wilson and 5 sci-fi books that she recommends!

The Infinity Files

Get in. Get out. Keep to the task. Leave no trace.

Ash Yang dreamed of being a starfighter pilot. But when she crashes out of her final test – literally – she somehow lands the most powerful job in the universe. As Guardian of the Infinity Files she must secretly planet-hop through the galaxies, stealing or returning treasures that have the power to stop wars…or start them.

But when her home planet is the one at war, can she use her new skills to save it?


S. M. Wilson Recommends…

I thought long and hard about what to include in this blog.  There are a lot of sci-fi books that have been around for a while and have a lot of love.  There are also some recent and well-known space series out there by well-known authors that are loved by the booktube community.  But I decided to go with the last five sci-fi books that I have read and enjoyed, some of which you might not have heard of. All readers will know that bookshops have been one of the many retailers closed during lockdown and some author’s books maybe haven’t got the recognition they’ve deserved.  So, if you like the sound of any of these, give these authors a little love by buying their books.

Goldilocks by Laura Lam

Despite increasing restrictions on the freedoms of women on Earth, Valerie Black is spearheading the first all-female mission to a planet in the Goldilocks Zone, where conditions are just right for human habitation.

It’s humanity’s last hope for survival, and Naomi, Valerie’s surrogate daughter and the ship’s botanist, has been waiting her whole life for an opportunity like this – to step out of Valerie’s shadow and really make a difference.

But when things start going wrong on the ship, Naomi starts to suspect that someone on board is concealing a terrible secret – and realises time for life on Earth may be running out faster than they feared . . .

Loved this story of an all-female mission to a planet that could be habitable by humans, as our own earth is reaching its sell by date.  They actually have to steal the ship they leave on, and they realise that not all of their fellow astronauts are exactly what they seem…


To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers 

At the turn of the twenty-second century, scientists make a breakthrough in human spaceflight. Through a revolutionary method known as somaforming, astronauts can survive in hostile environments off Earth using synthetic biological supplementations. They can produce antifreeze in sub-zero temperatures, absorb radiation and convert it for food, and conveniently adjust to the pull of different gravitational forces. With the fragility of the body no longer a limiting factor, human beings are at last able to explore neighbouring exoplanets long suspected to harbour life.

Ariadne is one such explorer. On a mission to ecologically survey four habitable worlds fifteen light-years from Earth, she and her fellow crewmates sleep while in transit, and wake each time with different features. But as they shift through both form and time, life back on Earth has also changed. Faced with the possibility of returning to a planet that has forgotten those who have left, Ariadne begins to chronicle the wonders and dangers of her journey, in the hope that someone back home might still be listening.

This is a short, standalone read. A group of explorers of fellow planets, transform between each planet to allow their survival to complete their mission.  The vivid pictures of the planets and ecosystems they meet are breathtaking – absolute best part of this story.


The Final Six by Alexandra Monir 

When Leo and Naomi are drafted, along with twenty-two of the world’s brightest teenagers, into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever changed. Overnight, they become global celebrities in contention for one of the six slots to travel to Europa–Jupiter’s moon–and establish a new colony, leaving their planet forever. With Earth irreparably damaged, the future of the human race rests on their shoulders.

For Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, this kind of purpose is a reason to go on after losing his family. But Naomi, an Iranian-American science genius, is suspicious of the ISTC and the fact that a similar mission failed under mysterious circumstances, killing the astronauts onboard. She fears something equally sinister awaiting the Final Six beneath Europa’s surface.

In this cutthroat atmosphere, surrounded by strangers from around the world, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo. As the training tests their limits, Naomi and Leo’s relationship deepens with each life-altering experience they encounter.

Really enjoyable read about 24 teens drafted into an International Space Camp for a mission to another planet, when again ours has reached its sell by date.  Some of the teens will do anything to make sure they get on that mission.


Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh  

A century ago, scientists theorised that a habitable planet existed in a nearby solar system. Today, ten astronauts will leave a dying Earth to find it. Four are decorated veterans of the 20th century’s space-race. And six are teenagers, graduates of the exclusive Dalton Academy, who’ve been in training for this mission for most of their lives.

It will take the team twenty-three years to reach Terra-Two. Twenty-three years spent in close quarters. Twenty-three years with no one to rely on but each other. Twenty-three years with no rescue possible, should something go wrong. And something always goes wrong.

A team of young and older astronauts embark on a 23-year long journey to Terra-Two, a planet much like Earth which will hopefully be habitable.  As you can imagine, things start to go wrong, and plans have to change.


This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson  

Lindley Hamilton has been the leader of the space station Lusca since every first generation crew member on board, including her mother, the commander, was killed by a deadly virus.

Lindley always assumed she’d captain the Lusca one day, but she never thought that day would come so soon. And she never thought it would be like this-struggling to survive every day, learning how to keep the Lusca running, figuring out how to communicate with Earth, making sure they don’t run out of food.

When a member of the surviving second generation dies from symptoms that look just like the deadly virus, though, Lindley feels her world shrinking even smaller. And as more people die, Lindley must face the terrifying reality-that either the virus has mutated, or one of their own is a killer.

This one was right up my alley with a deadly virus killing all the adults on a space station and leaving the teens to fend for themselves.  It also had a murder/mystery vibe as well which meant to ticked two of favourite boxes!


Thank you so much to S. M. Wilson for this wonderful post. I am definitely going to be buying/borrowing these sci-fi books and reading them as soon as I can. Be sure to check out the other posts on this amazing blog tour and check out The Infinity Files by S. M. Wilson!

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