I looked around a bit and it seems like we don't have a "books" or other written-materials thread (correct me if I'm wrong and I'll merge 'em. I've been reading Stories Of Your Life (And Others) by Ted Chiang. It's a collection of his short stories that's super highly revered. I haven't fully formed my opinion on it yet (nor have I finished reading all of the stories) but they are definitely well written. They aren't really "dramatic stories", they're not character driven. They're very mechanical. The other day I said (kind of stealing from Blox) that stories are philosophical advertisements, and that REALLY applies to Stories Of Your Life. They're kind of like modern philosophical fables, or something. It was recommended to me by the main guy from the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast, Dave Kirtley, who is an old highschool friend of mine. We got into an argument recently on Facebook about sci-fi writing, and he told me to read this as an example of very good adult sci-fi. I agree that it is that - it reminds me of the old Asimov type sci-fi, as opposed to the more modern "sci fi" which is largely a bunch of space marines shooting at shit. To-Read: The Robot's Rebellion by Keith E. Stanovich I also recently bought How To Write a Damn Good Novel which was recommended by someone on the forums here (I forget who) and intend to read that soon. Mathematics for the Nonmathematician by Morris Kline - I'm not one of those people who go around saying "I suck at Math!!" I actually really hate that. With that said, the last time I took a Math course was in 10th grade of high school and I never really applied myself, so technically speaking my math knowledge is very low, and I need to level that up. I know it's just a set of skills I need to learn (like any other discipline) and I was told that this book was a good start.