What You Readin’ For?: Campfire OK On ‘A Brief History Of Time,’ ‘Illustrated Man’

It’s all geek to Campfire OK’s Mychael. For the second installment in the Bad Penny’s “What You Readin’ For?” series, the singer of the Seattle indie-pop band leafs through two books: a nonfiction classic about science and a classic work of science fiction.

I am a nerd. If there was a book titled “This Is a Science Book, and You are a Geek,” I would be the author.

With that being said, I am currently reading a couple books, one of which is a classic of the science world, “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking. Even though this book is a bit outdated as far as quantum physics goes, it is still a killer read. Stephen relates complex scientific theories to everyday happenings. It is a great book, and anyone willing to spend some time should dig in.

The other is [Ray Bradbury’s] “The Illustrated Man.” I received this book as a gift from a friend and was pretty much instantly engaged. It is a collection of science-fiction short stories based on one singular story about a man who has tattoos that change in the night. The book goes through each of his tattoos on one night as a stranger looks at the tattooed man while he is asleep. The themes are mostly future-based, which is only interesting because it was written in the 1870s or some craziness like that. Kidding, I think it was written in the ’50s [1951, to be precise]. If it were not for the oddly optimistic theme of the stories, this book would be a total Debbie Downer.

Like I said, I am a nerd. I love outer space and science fiction.

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