Reading is more than just fiction because any source could inspire a plot twist or the odd character.
Statistics without Tears is a non-numerical and non-formulaic book on the idea of describing and predicting data and it is done so well anyone can read it. It is the backbone basics of everything we talk today, including probability and machine learning. Definitely, something any sci-fi writer should consider and not just the data miners!
A truly Mad Max world sacrificed on the altar of green socialism