A.G. Riddle's novels stride between hard science fiction and thriller, giving readers chills with Riddle's all-too-plausible plot lines centered on evolution, gene editing, and global pandemics.
But heroism and problem-solving also play an important part, and so it's not a surprise that Riddle's book picks below focus on the human element of storytelling. Read to learn why these four books have stuck with him long after he finished them.
Great stories are a mirror of reality. They're not a perfect reflection but peering into them helps us see what we couldn't before. And because the reflection isn't perfect, the image is more fascinating to us—and less intimidating. We feel comfortable studying it. What we see is the world from another person's perspective. We experience pain and joy as they might. And when we close the book and return to the real world, we meet people eerily similar to the characters in the book, and we understand them a little better. We experience events similar to those in the book, and we feel a little more prepared to deal with them. Every time that happens, we're reminded of the story. Those are the stories that stay with us.
Stories also help us see the dark corners of our own lives. In that imperfect mirror, we sometimes see ourselves, aspects and traits we didn't realize before. It might be something we're proud of or something we want to change. Either way, great stories help us come to know ourselves.
For whatever reason, these are a few of the stories that have stayed with me. —A.G. Riddle
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