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What We’re Reading at Nerds on Earth: A Glimpse At Our Nightstands

While we surely spend the bulk of our time in nerdy fare, the Nerds on Earth crew has varied backgrounds and interests, so our reading list might surprise you. Take a quick glance at our nightstands and you’ll see a mixture of sci-fi, fantasy, leadership, theology, and even some technical titles. 

So we wanted to take a moment to share what we’ve been reading lately, because it’s always helpful to get some reading recommendations for nerds.


The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

After hitting a couple of nonfiction books in late June, I decided it was time to do some light summer reading. What does that look like for me? I’m rereading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood for the first time since college in the late 90s.

I recently began watching the show, which has disturbed me to my core more so than almost anything else I have ever viewed. We try not to get too political here at NoE, but the modern world has made Offred’s tale mightily convincing for 2019. I get the fantods from reading this book. That surly 20 year old couldn’t have fathomed this… I just motioned broadly at my surroundings.

Go ahead, check the news. Atwood’s prose was a warning then. Today, it feels like it could be a horrible reality all too soon.

The Handmaid’s Tale is available from Amazon here.

– Brandon

Cold Storage by David Koepp

Cold Storage is a science fiction horror thriller whose antagonist is possibly even more relentless than Michael Myers and even faster spreading than the T-virus. It is an extremely fast adapting fungus that wants nothing more than to feed and spread – and humans are both food and a vehicle.

Sent to investigate what was believed to be some sort of chemical attack, Robert Diaz finds something much worse. The government incinerates the site, but a sample is contained and held in cold storage for decades. After the storage facility is decommissioned, a self-storage business is built on top of it and life goes on…Until a strange beeping can be heard coming from behind the walls.

Two self-storage employees explore the source of the sound, and it’s not too long before their discovery brings Diaz out of retirement. He knows the fungus is capable of extinction-level destruction. Containment is a priority, but it’s a race against time as the fungus finds new fuel and mobility.

Koepp writes a gripping tale; something that shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise because while Cold Storage is his first novel, I’m sure you’re familiar with some of his other work as a screenwriter for the likes of Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man (2002), and others. If any of those tickle your fancy, you’re likely to enjoy Cold Storage. Same energy.

You can pre-order a copy of this September 2019 release here.

– Adkins


There you have it, some reading recommendations from us Earth Nerds. Feel free to join us on Facebook or Twitter and let us know what you’re reading! We take recommendations just as readily as we give them out!