* Anything by Larry Niven and/or Jerry Pournelle.
* K.J. Parker is an excellent author of short, powerful, fantasy whose previous work is in law, journalism, and numismatics.
* Breakpoint and Beyond[B] is a great non-fiction about divergent thinking.
* If you want a lighthearted laugh or have children look for James Thurber's The Thirteen Clocks or anything by Daniel Pinkwater.
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