By Elizabeth Barrette

This list came about when someone brought up the topic of empathy on an email list. He was very curious about empathy both in fiction and in fact, but only knew of a couple sources dealing with it. The following books are good to excellent speculative fiction and well worth reading for entertainment value — but in terms of cultivating empathy as a talent in real life, some are examples of things to try while others are examples of mistakes to avoid. Readers should exercise discretion.