One of the things I have enjoyed the most about writing The Nemo Paradox has been all the research! I did make up quite a bit of the post-Invasion world, but many things were real! For example, The Rational Dress Society is not my invention. They were a real society in the Victorian age that promoted sensible (and comfortable) dress for all, especially women. Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla were friends in real life.
If you are interested in further reading about the topics discussed in the series, please take a look through the following list. It is not yet exhaustive, as there are a lot of books & it will take a while to list them all! This is a living document, so I will add to the list over time. Some books I had to hunt down on the secondary market, as they are out of print, but many of them are available at major book retailers.
Some books directly informed the text. Others were used to build background feeling for the age in general or a history of the women in science and/or spying (up to and including the modern age).
In alphabetical order by author’s last name, then by title if more than one work by that author.
Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre.
Childers, Erskine. Riddle of the Sands.
Corelli, Marie. A Romance of Two Worlds.
Dumas, Alexandre. The Count of Monte Cristo.
Twain, Mark. Roughing It.
Verne, Jules. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas.
Verne, Jules. The Mysterious Island.
Wells, H. G. The Invisible Man.
Wells. H. G. The Island of Doctor Moreau.
Wells, H. G. The Time Machine.
Wells, H. G. The War of the Worlds.
Abbott, Karen. Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy.
Ackmann, Martha. The Mercury 13.
Ball, Edward. The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures.
Blum, Deborah. The Poisoner’s Handbook.
Bodanis, David. Passionate Minds: Emilie du Chatelet, Voltaire, and the Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment.
Bowman, Karen. Corsets and Codpieces.
Bown, Stephen R. Merchant Kings: When Companies Ruled the World 1600-1900.
Brown, Mackenzie. Annie’s War.
Carlin, Dan. The End is Always Near: Apocalyptic Moments, from the Bronze Age Collapse to Nuclear Near Misses.
NOTE: I also recommend his podcast, Hardcore History, especially the “Blueprint for Armageddon” episodes about WWI.
Capuzzo, Michael. Close to Shore: the Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916
Choma, Anne. Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister.
Clements, Jonathan. The Secret Life of Charles Darwin.
Clensy, David. The Mole of Edge Hill.
Conway, J. North. Queen of Thieves: The True Story of “Marm” Mandelbaum and Her Gangs of New York.
Crawford, Dorothy. Viruses: A Very Short Introduction.
Crosby, Molly Caldwell. Asleep: The Forgotten Epidemic that Remains One of Medicine’s Greatest Mysteries.
Des Jardins, Julie. The Madame Curie Complex.
Druett, Joan. Hen Frigates: Passion and Peril, Nineteenth-Century Women at Sea.
Enss, Chris. The Pinks: The First Women Detectives, Operatives, and Spies with the Pinkerton National Detective Agency.
Essinger, James. Jacquard’s Web: How a Hand-loom Led to the Birth of the Information Age.
Ferguson, Niall. The Ascent of Money.
Ferguson, Niall. The Square and the Tower.
Finlay, Victoria. Color: A Natural History of the Palette.
Gabriel, Mary. Notorious Victoria: The Uncensored Life of Victoria Woodhull.
Gibson, Carrie. Empire’s Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day.
Gleick, James. Time Travel: A History.
Goodman, Matthew. Eighty Days.
Gordon, Charlotte. Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Marry Wollstonecraft and her Daughter Mary Shelley.
Green, Caroline. Victorian Crafts Revived.
Grier, David Alan. When Computers Were Human.
Haynes, Renee. The Society for Psychical Research: 1882-1982: A History.
Henry, John. Knowledge is Power: How Magic, the Government and an Apocalyptic Vision Helped Francis Bacon to Create Modern Science.
Hiam, C. Michael. Dirigible Dreams: The Age of the Airship.
Israel, Andrea. Taking Tea.
Jaher, David. The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World.
Johnson, Steven. The Ghost Map.
Kent, David. Tesla: The Wizard of Electricity.
King, Greg, & Sue Woolmans. Assassination of the Archduke: Sarajevo 1914 and the Romance That Changed the World.
Lansing, Alfred. Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage.
Larson, Erik. The Devil in the White City.
Larson, Erik. Thunderstruck.
Library of Congress. The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures.
MacColl, Gail, and Carol McD. Wallace. To Marry an English Lord: Tales of Wealth and Marriage, Sex and Snobbery.
Macintyre, Ben. The Napoleon of Crime: The Life and Times of Adam Worth, Master Thief.
MacMillan, Margaret. Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World.
MacMillan, Margaret. The War That Ended Peace.
McDonald, Deborah and Jeremy Dronfield. A Very Dangerous Woman: The Lives, Loves and Lies of Russia’s Most Seductive Spy.
Mahan, A. T. Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783.
Mellow, James R. Charmed Circle: Gertrude Stein & Company.
Murphy, Paul T. Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy.
Nagy, John A. Invisible Ink: Spycraft of the American Revolution.
Nicolson, Adam. Seize the Fire: Heroism, Duty, and Nelson’s Battle of Trafalgar.
Okasha, Samir. Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction.
Oneill, Therese. Unmentionable.
Philbrick, Nathaniel. In the Heart of the Sea.
Pickover, Clifford. The Math Book: 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics.
Powers, Ron. Mark Twain: A Life.
Quinn, Bridget. Broad Strokes.
Quinn, Susan. Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady.
Ray, Meredith K. Daughters of Alchemy: Woman and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy.
Ridley, Glynis. Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, the High Seas, and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe.
Robb, Brian J. Steampunk: An Illustrated History.
Rodriguez, Suzanne. Wild Heart: A Life: Natalie Clifford Barney.
Rose, Alexander. Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring.
Rose, June. The Perfect Gentleman: The Remarkable Life of Dr. James Miranda Barry.
Rose, Sarah. For All the Tea in China.
Ryan, Frank. Virolution.
Seifer, Marc. Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla.
Shaw, David. Flying Cloud.
Shetterly, Margot Lee. Hidden Figures.
Skloot, Rebecca. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Snyder, Laura. The Philosophical Breakfast Club.
Sobel, Dava. Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love.
Sobel, Dava. The Glass Universe.
Sobel, Dava. Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time.
Souter, Keith. The Tea Cyclopedia: A Celebration of the World’s Favorite Drink.
Stein, Elissa & Susan Kim. Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation.
Swaby, Rachel. Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science and the World
Tomalin, Claire. Charles Dickens: A Life.
Tesla, Nikola. My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla.
Tuchman, Barbara W. The Guns of August: The Outbreak of World War I.
Tuchman, Barbara W. The Proud Tower.
Walker, Dale L. Mary Edwards Walker: Above and Beyond.
Whitaker, Jan. Tea at the Blue Lantern Inn.
Winchester, Simon. Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of … Stories.
Wilson, A. N. Victoria: A Life.
Winchester, Simon. Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883
Winchester, Simon. Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs.
Winchester, Simon. The Map That Changed the World.
Winchester, Simon. The Professor and the Madman.
Wright, Alex. Cataloging the World: Paul Otlet and the Birth of the Information Age.
Yalom, Marilyn and Theresa Donovan Brown. The Social Sex: A History Of Female Friendship.