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The Spacefarer's Handbook: Bergita and Urs Ganse **** 5 May 2021 - Space science and medicine insiders give highly readable insights into life and work in space.
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The Science of Can and Can't: Chiara Marletto ***** 4 May 2021 - Fascinating, if difficult to absorb, exploration of Deutsch and Marletto's concept of counterfactuals and the potential to reformulate physics from the ground up.
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A Citizen's Guide to Artificial Intelligence: John Zerilli et al ****15 April 2021 - Despite the pompous title and a distinctly academic approach, an important and largely readable book on AI and how we should respond to it legally and ethically. Essential reading for governments.
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Time and Stars: Poul Anderson **** 13 April 2021 - Original thinking in this 1960s collection of five long stories - better than we remember Anderson's writing being.
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The Actuality: Paul Braddon **** 30 March 2021 - Has some flaws, but overall an engaging and enjoyable exploration of the world experienced by a near-human artificial lifeform, trying to make her way and discover herself in an inimical world.
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Klara and the Sun: Kazuo Ishiguro *** 8 March 2021 - Explores a topic (robot child companion/replacement) far better covered by science fiction writers and needs a good edit down. Disappointing, if not surprising when a literary fiction author tries to do SF.
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