Janelle Monáe has shared a list of her favourite books that shaped her as an artist and it’s no surprise how much of a science-fiction fan she is.
As reported by Consequence Of Sound, Monáe explained her love of sci-fi many years back: “Science fiction is just an exciting and new way of telling universal stories and it allows the reader to come to the conclusion and draw parallels between the present and the future”.
The artist’s list isn’t just a list of her favourite sci-fi novels, however. Aldous Huxley, Isaac Asimov and Malcolm X all make the cut.
Check out Monáe’s 15 favourite books below from Radical Reads :
The Complete Stories by Isaac Asimov
Wild Seed by Octavia Butler
Built to Last by Jim Collins
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
Zen Guitar by Philip Toshio Sudo
The Big Moo by Seth Godin
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
Confessions of a Political Hitman by Stephen Marks
Writing Better Lyrics by Pat Pattison
The Great Cosmic Mother by Monica Sjöo
Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Amy Wallace & Edwin Catmull
Monáe released Dirty Computer last month to a string of glowing reviews – including a five star verdict from NME.
Monáe recently opened up on how Prince influenced the new album after previously working and duetting with the musical icon.