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The Magicians: Marcus Chown ***** 20 February 2020 - 'It’s one of the best-written books about physics I’ve ever come across, and a highly enlightening one at that' - our reviewer is impressed with this exploration of the power of physics to uncover new aspects of reality.
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Until the End of Time: Brian Greene *** 18 February 2020 - Written with Greene's usual panache and interesting science asides, but the main themes, ranging from consciousness to religion and impermanence were too subjective and flowery.
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The Lost Planets: John Wenz ** 1 February 2020 - There's interesting interpersonal detail when Wenz relates what happens when Peter van de Kamp's discovery of exoplanets started to lose credibility, but the rest of the book has some science issues and needs a good edit.
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Scotland in Space: Deborah Scott and Simon Malpas Eds. *** 25 February 2019 - Genuinely original idea combining three SF stories, four non-fiction pieces and three bits of literary criticism, all with a Scotland-and-space theme - but we struggled with it.
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The Moon is a Harsh Mistress: Robert Heinlein **** 23 February 2020 - Revisiting the 1960s classic, the writing and story hold up extremely well and despite real issues with the politics and treatment of women is still worth reading.
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Atlas Alone: Emma Newman **** 10 February 2020 - Great handling of immersive virtual reality in this fourth Planetfall book, with good plot development. Only slightly let down by a rushed ending.
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