On the Origins Bibliography

I wanted to start a post that serves as a running tally of all of the stuff I’ve been reading for the Tor.com column that can be referred back to if you’re interested in that sort of thing. It’ll be updated as I go. This bibliography is current as of 10/25/19, and includes all works read for the first fourteen columns, and the upcoming post for November, 2019.

History of science references:

  • The Gene: An Intimate History (2016) by Siddharta Mukherjee
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003) by Bill Bryson
  • The Scientists: A History of Science Told Through the Lives of its Greatest Inventors (2002) by John Gribbin
  • The Origin of Species (1859) by Charles Darwin
  • The Autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1809-82 (1887) by Charles Darwin
  • Voyage of the Beagle (1939) by Charles Darwin
  • An Essay on the Principle of Population (1798) by Thomas Malthus
  • Daedalus; Or Science and the Future (1924) by J.B.S. Haldane
  • Evolution: The Modern Synthesis (1942) by Julian Huxley
  • The Double Helix (1968) by James D. Watson
  • What is Life? (1944) by Erwin Schrödinger
  • The Eighth Day of Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Biology (1996) by Horace Freeland Judson
  • The Biology Book: From the Origin of Life to Epigenetics, 250 Milestones in the History of Biology (2015) by Michael C. Gerald
  • “The Concept of Allosteric Interaction and Its Consequences for the Brain” by Jean-Pierre Changeaux in The Journal of Biological Chemistry (2013)
  • “The lac repressor” by Mitchell Lewis in CR Biologies (2005)
  • “Allostery and the Monod-Wyman-Changeaux model after 50 years” by Jean-Pierre Changeaux in Annual Reviews of Biophysics (2012)
  • Genentech: The Beginnings of Biotech (2009) by Sally Smith Hughes
  • What Mad Pursuit (1990) by Francis Crick
  • Sydney Brenner: A Biography (2010) by Errol Friedberg
  • Lynn Margulis: The Life and Legacy of a Scientific Rebel (2012) by Dorion Sagan
  • Symbiotic Planet: A New Look at Evolution (2008) by Lynn Margulis
  • Acquiring Genomes: A Theory Of the Origin of Species (2003) by Lynn Margulis
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010) by Rebecca Skoot
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (2010) by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Dancing Naked in the Mind Field (1998) by Kerry Mullis

History of science fiction references:

  • Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction (2011) by David Seed
  • The History of Science Fiction (2006) by Adam Charles Roberts
  • The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2011) by John Clute, Peter Nicholls, John Grant
  • The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (2003) by Edward James
  • Olaf Stapledon: Speaking for the Future (1994) by Robert Crossley
  • The Astounding Illustrated History of Science Fiction (2017) by Dave Golder and Jess Nevins
  • Understanding Contemporary American Science Fiction: The Formative Period, 1926-1970 (1990) by Thomas D. Clareson
  • Understanding Contemporary American Science Fiction: The Age of Maturity, 1970-2000 (2005) by Darren Harris-Fain
  • Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with his Century (Vols 1 and 2) (2010) by William H. Patterson Jr
  • New Maps of Hell: A Survey of Science Fiction (1960) by Kingsley Amis
  • Breakfast in the Ruins: Science Fiction in the Last Millenium (2007) by Barry Malzberg
  • In Search of Wonder (1967) by Damon Knight
  • I. Asimov: A Memoir (1994) by Isaac Asimov
  • Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction (2018) by Alec Nevala-Lee
  • Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece (2018) by Michael Benson
  • Arthur C. Clarke: The Authorized Biography (1992) by Neil McAleer
  • How Great Science Fiction Works (2016) by Gary K. Wolfe
  • Arthur C. Clarke (2018) by Gary Westfahl
  • The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury (2006) by Sam Weller
  • Miracles of Life: Shanghai to Shepperton, An Autobiography (2008) by JG Ballard
  • Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick (1989) by Lawrence Sutin
  • No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters (2017) by Ursula Le Guin
  • Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books (2016) by Ursula Le Guin
  • Ursula K. Le Guin’s Journey to Post-Feminism (2010) by Amy M. Clarke
  • Ursula K. Le Guin Annotated Bibliography, (Forthcoming) by Sandra J. Lindow
  • Conversations with Octavia Butler (2009) by Octavia Butler
  • Octavia E. Butler (2016) by Gerry Canavan
  • How Star Wars Conquered the Universe (2014) by Chris Taylor


  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1870) by Jules Verne
  • The Time Machine (1895) by H.G. Wells
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896) by H.G. Wells
  • The War of the Worlds (1897) by H.G. Wells
  • Metropolis (1927) by Fritz Lang
  • We (1924) by Yevgeny Zamyatin
  • The Fatal Eggs (1925) by Mikhail Bulgakov
  • R.U.R. (1921) by Karel Capek
  • Brave New World (1932) by Aldous Huxley
  • Island (1962) by Aldous Huxley
  • A Princess of Mars (1912) by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The Gods of Mars (1913) by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Triplanetary (1934) by E.E. “Doc” Smith
  • The Skylark of Space (1928) by E.E. “Doc” Smith
  • Armageddon 2419 (1928) by Philip Francis Nowlan
  • The Moon Pool (1918) by Abraham Grace Merritt
  • Odd John: A Story Between Jest and Earnest (1935) by Olaf Stapledon
  • Last and First Men: A Story of the Near and Far Future (1930) by Olaf Stapledon
  • Star Maker (1937) by Olaf Stapledon
  • The Last Evolution (1932) by John W. Campbell
  • Who Goes There? (1938) by John W. Campbell
  • Starman Jones (1953) by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Double Star (1956) by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Have Spacesuit, Will Travel (1958) by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Methuselah’s Children (1958) by Robert A. Heinlein
  • The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (1966) by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Starship Troopers (1959) by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Destination Moon  (1950) screenplay partly by Robert Heinlein
  • Friday (1982) by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Foundation (1951) by Isaac Asimov
  • The Gods Themselves (1972) by Isaac Asimov
  • I, Robot (1950) by Isaac Asimov
  • The Caves of Steel (1954) by Isaac Asimov
  • The Naked Sun (1957) by Isaac Asimov
  • The Robots of Dawn (1983) by Isaac Asimov
  • Robots and Empire (1985) by Isaac Asimov
  • Foundation (1951) by Isaac Asimov
  • Foundation and Empire (1952) by Isaac Asimov
  • Second Foundation (1953) by Isaac Asimov
  • Childhood’s End (1953) by Arthur C. Clarke
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1969) by Arthur C. Clarke
  • 2011: A Space Odyssey (1969) screenplay by Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick
  • Rendezvous with Rama (1973)  by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Fountains of Paradise (1979) by Arthur C. Clarke
  • 2010: Odyssey Two (1982) by Arthur C. Clarke
  • 2061: Odyssey Three (1989) by Arthur C. Clarke
  • The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke (2001) by Arthur C. Clarke
  • The Martian Chronicles (1950) by Ray Bradbury
  • Fahrenheit 451 (1953) by Ray Bradbury
  • R is for Rocket (1962) by Ray Bradbury
  • The Halloween Tree (1972) by Ray Bradbury
  • Dandelion Wine (1957) by Ray Bradbury
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962) by Ray Bradbury
  • Farewell Summer (2006) by Ray Bradbury
  • The Illustrated Man (1951) by Ray Bradbury
  • Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales (2003) by Ray Bradbury
  • Death is a Lonely Business (1985) by Ray Bradbury
  • A Graveyard for Lunatics (1990) by Ray Bradbury
  • Let’s All Kill Constance (2002) by Ray Bradbury
  • It Came From Outer Space (1953) screenplay by Ray Bradbury
  • Moby Dick (1956) screenplay by Ray Bradbury
  • Naked Lunch (1959) by William S. Burroughs
  • High-Rise (1975) by JG Ballard
  • The Drowned World (1962) by JG Ballard
  • The Crystal World (1966) by JG Ballard
  • The Atrocity Exhibition (1970) by JG Ballard
  • Crash (1973) by JG Ballard
  • Concrete Island (1974) by JG Ballard
  • Empire of the Sun (1984) by JG Ballard
  • The Complete Stories of JG Ballard (2001) by JG Ballard
  • Dangerous Visions (1967) by Harlan Ellison
  • Time Out of Joint (1959) by Philip K. Dick
  • The Man in the High Castle (1962) by Philip K. Dick
  • The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (1965) by Philip K. Dick
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) by Philip K. Dick
  • Ubik (1969) by Philip K. Dick
  • Martian Time-Slip (1964) by Philip K. Dick
  • Dr. Bloodmoney (1965) by Philip K. Dick
  • Now Wait for Last Year (1966) by Philip K. Dick
  • Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (1974) by Philip K. Dick
  • A Scanner Darkly (1977) by Philip K. Dick
  • A Maze of Death (1970) by Philip K. Dick
  • VALIS (1981) by Philip K. Dick
  • Rocannon’s World (1966) by Ursula Le Guin
  • Planet of Exile (1966) by Ursula Le Guin
  • City of Illusions (1967) by Ursula Le Guin
  • The Word for World is Forest (1972) by Ursula Le Guin
  • A Wizard of Earthsea (1968) by Ursula Le Guin
  • The Tombs of Atuan (1971) by Ursula Le Guin
  • The Farthest Shore (1972) by Ursula Le Guin
  • Tenahu (1990) by Ursula Le Guin
  • The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) by Ursula Le Guin
  • The Dispossessed (1974) by Ursula Le Guin
  • The Lathe of Heaven (1971) by Ursula Le Guin
  • The Unreal and the Real: The Selected Stories of Ursula Le Guin (2012) by Ursula Le Guin
  • Kindred (1979) by Octavia E. Butler
  • Wild Seed (1980) by Octavia E. Butler
  • Mind of My Mind (1977) by Octavia E. Butler
  • Clay’s Ark (1984) by Octavia E. Butler
  • Patternmaster (1976) by Octavia E. Butler
  • Parable of the Sower (1993) by Octavia E. Butler
  • Parable of the Talents (1998) by Octavia E. Butler
  • Dawn (1987) by Octavia E. Butler
  • Adulthood Rites (1988) by Octavia E. Butler
  • Imago (1989) by Octavia E. Butler
  • Fledgling (2005) by Octavia E. Butler
  • Bloodchild and Other Stories (1995) by Octavia E. Butler
  • Unexpected Stories (2014) by Octavia E. Butler


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