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Antimony, Gold and Jupiter's Wolf: Peter Wothers **** 4 December 2019 - If you are interested in chemistry, the derivation of words and history of science this is a perfect title: a cabinet of chemical/lexicographical curiosities.
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Saturn: William Sheehan **** 28 November 2019 - With many images, some truly breathtaking, this exploration of Saturn takes the reader effectively and methodically from history, through what we know to expeditions and its moons.
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The Apollo Chronicles: Brandon Brown ***** 23 November 2019 - Pulls off the remarkable feat of making the day-to-day issues of engineering the Apollo missions fascinating as repeated obstacles are overcome. Also gives good political context.
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Starsight: Brandon Sanderson ***** 3 December 2019 - The second novel in this spacefaring trilogy really takes off: great action, lots of clever detail and a move away from juvenilia that makes it a far better crossover.
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Ship of Strangers: Bob Shaw *** 11 November 2019 - A solid piece of writing in this 1978 collection of linked novellas/long shorts - what makes it stand out is the cleverness of the challenges faced by the crew of a survey ship.
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Helene: Karl Drinkwater **** 20 October 2019 - A novella filling in some of the backstory to Drinkwater's Lost Solace novels provides an interesting portrayal of the socialisation of an AI.
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