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The days of Christmas and the holiday season, which are traditionally held each year in many Christian communities and countries, are approaching again. This year, as every year, shares about the holiday season started to come from many names. One of these names was Microsoft’s founder and former CEO Bill Gates . Gates recommended five books for the holiday season.

Gates shared his list of the best books published in 2021 on his personal blog GatesNotes. All of the books on Gates’ list this year were in the science fiction genre . Stating that he was fond of science fiction as a child, the list of suggestions Gates shared was as follows:

A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence – Jeff Hawkins

Written by Jeff Hawkins, co-founder of PalmPilot, this book introduces a new theory that supports the development of the concept of ‘ general intelligence ‘ in machines. Gates says this book will “help us tackle truly complex, multifaceted challenges like the improvement of medicine,” and he appreciates the book’s illuminating approach.

  • Is there an American translation?: No.

The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race – Walter Isaacson

This book, by Walter Isaacson, is about Nobel Prize-winning chemist Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues, who contributed to CRISPR gene editing technology. The book shows the ethical discussions between the team on gene editing .

  • Is there an American translation?: No.

Klara and the Sun (Klara and the Sun) – Kazuo Ishiguro

This book, handled by Kazuo Ishiguro, It is about the friendship of a sick teenager with the robodollar . The book is set in a dystopian society where children are genetically engineered to be more intelligent and lead a largely isolated life.

  • Is there an American translation?: Yes.

Hamnet – Maggie O-Farrell

This fictional book, handled by Maggie O-Farrell, is William Shakespeare’s ‘s son , Hamnet and how his death inspired Shakespeare to write the world’s most famous play.

  • Is there an American translation?: No.

The Salvation Project (Project Hail Mary) – Andy Weir

One of the world’s best-selling science fiction writers, Andy Weir, The Sun is about a high school teacher who teams up with a peaceful alien to protect from a ‘sun-eating’ microorganism.

  • Is there an American translation?: Yes.

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