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This was a great year of reading for science nerds.

The book options included a novella about an out-of-this-world college student, a tale about life in the sunken New York City of the future, and astronaut Scott Kelly’s memoir about his year in space. There was a little something for everyone who loves the Earth, the stars, or those who inhabit them.

Our favorite science-y reads from 2017 won’t all be found in the science section at your local bookstore. While some non-fiction texts from respected names in the field stood out, other top picks include science-fiction stories and notable novels with themes that science-minded readers might enjoy. 

Here’s our list.