Summer Reading 2016: Non-Fiction

Summer officially starts in a few days. I've already recommended a few fiction titles for your reading pleasure, now here are a trio of non-fiction books to entertain you.  A few of these are pretty large to lug around with you to the beach or pack in a suitcase, and e-versions might not be the best way to appreciate all the illustrations in two of them, but maybe they all would be good options for any rainy or humid days when you feel trapped in-doors during your vacation.

Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds 
by Stephen Nicholas and Mike Tucker
Here's a 50-year treasury of art and design for one of the longest running science fiction shows ever made. Various incarnations of the good Doctor have been on the air since 1963, and this book offers an eye-catching exploration of the evolution of the look of the series through the decades.

In Our Own Image
by George Zarkadakis
The subtitle is quite enticing: "Savior or destroyer? The history and future of artificial intelligence." It's fascinating stuff for those of you who are interested in robots, cyborgs, androids, and sentient computers as they move from being the subjects of fantastical stories to becoming part of our possible everyday reality.

The Star Trek Book: Strange New Worlds Boldly Explained
by Paul Ruditis
It's been half a century since Gene Roddenberry gave use this wonderful "Western in space," and this gorgeous tome chronicles almost everything you would want to know, with spectacular illustrations and colorful, informative graphs throughout.

Happy reading, and enjoy your summer!