Exoplanets Recommended Reading List

Prepare for the exhibit with these recommended reads and shows!


  • Astrobiology: The Search for Life Elsewhere in the Universe by Andrew May
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Envisioning Exoplanets: Searching for Life in the Galaxy by Michael Carroll
  • Goldilocks and the Water Bears : The Search for Life in the Universe by Louisa Preston
  • How to Find a Habitable Planet by James Hastings
  • Imaged Life: A Speculative Scientific Journey Among the Exoplanets in Search of Intelligent Aliens, Ice Creatures, and Supergravity Animals by James Trefil and Michael Summer
  • The Little Book of Exoplanets by Joshua Winn
  • Planet Factory by Elizabeth Tasker

Kids and Tween

  • Exoplanets, a Visual Guide to Worlds Outside our Solar System by Wendy Bjazevich and David
  • Just Right, Searching for the Goldilocks Planet by Curtis Manley
  • XO, Exoplanet by Deborah Underwood

Adult Fiction

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
  • The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks
  • Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  • The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette
  • The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
  • Contact by Carl Sagan
  • Dawn by Octavia Butler
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Elder Race by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne
  • The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear
  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Long Earth Series by Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett
  • The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson
  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
  • Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle
  • Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
  • Semiosis by Sue Burke
  • Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
  • Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
  • The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu
  • The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Movies and TV

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Alien series
  • Avatar
  • Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy
  • The Chronicles of Riddick
  • Dune
  • Event Horizon
  • The Fifth Element
  • Galaxy Quest
  • The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
  • Interstellar
  • John Carter
  • Pitch Black
  • Prometheus
  • Serenity/Firefly
  • Star Trek series
  • Star Wars series
  • Stargate
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Total Recall
  • Treasure Planet
  • Wall-E