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The Sounds of Space

26 July 2019

To mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, this year the BBC Proms has included space amongst the themes of the world-famous classical music festival. Prom 27, on 7th August,  is titled The Sound of Space: Si-Fi Film Music and brings together some of the best sci-fi film music with recent works by Hans Zimmer and Mica Levi.

The award winning London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO) will perform music from Under the Skin, Interstellar and the recent Netflix series The Innocents, among other titles, as well as from Alien: Covenant, whose soundtrack the LCO recorded.

We have mined the Calibre library for related audiobooks and have collated an eclectic mix of books on space, the universe and science fiction that is sure to keep enquiring minds entertained:

Brief Answers To Big Questions by Stephen Hawking 13052

Stephen Hawking, the world-famous cosmologist and bestselling author of A Brief History of Time (2694), leaves us with his final thoughts on the universe's biggest questions in this brilliant posthumous work. As we face potentially catastrophic changes here on Earth, this is his personal view on the challenges we face as a human race, and where we, as a planet, are heading next.

Forces Of Nature by Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen 12700

From the immensity of the universe and the roundness of Earth, to the form of every single snowflake, the forces of nature shape everything we see. Here, Professor Brian Cox uncovers some of the most extraordinary natural events on Earth and in the universe and beyond.

How to Build A Universe by Brian Cox and Robin Ince 12596

Professor Brian Cox and Robin Ince take the musings of the great and the good of British science, producing an insight into the multifaceted subjects involved in building a Universe. They tackle everything from the Big Bang to parallel Universes, fierce creatures to extra-terrestrial life, and brain science to artificial intelligence.

No Dream Is Too High by Buzz Aldrin 12049

Buzz Aldrin is the best known of a generation of astronauts whose achievements surged in just a few years from first man in space to first men on the moon. An impassioned advocate for space exploration, he pauses to reflect and share what he has learned, from the vantage point not only of outer space but also of time.

The Northern Lights by Lucy Jago 5922

The fascinating and moving story of Kristian Birkeland, an early twentieth century scientist. At the expense of love and happiness, he worked tirelessly to solve the enigma of the Northern Lights.

Patrick Moore: 80 Not Out: The Autobiography 6436

Patrick Moore first became interested in astronomy as a schoolboy, and is still just as keen. For over 45 years he presented the BBC's programme 'The Sky At Night', where his personality and enthusiasm made him a household name. At 80 years of age he is still working to raise the profile of science and astronomy among the British public.

Electric Light by Seamus Heaney 6018

A collection of poetry which travels widely in time and space but essentially deals with beginnings.

And of course we mustn't forget Doctor Who books!