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The Cryotron Files: Iain Dey and Douglas Buck **** 13 September 2018 - A rip-roaring tale of remarkable technological computer science achievements, cold war spying and a suspicious death. Sadly, the science is dire, but it's a relatively small part and Dudley Buck's story should be better known.
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Twitterbots: Tony Veale and Mike Cook *** 9 September 2018 - Odd mix of introduction to Twitterbots (programs that post on Twitter as if they were human), 'how-to' manual on coding them and exploration of the nature of story and the elements of narrative.
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How to Speak Science: Bruce Benamran *** 7 September 2018 - Sometimes more like listening to a talk than reading a book, contains lots of physics and some will find it approachable - but also has a worrying number of errors.
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By the Pricking of Her Thumb: Adam Roberts ***** 6 September 2018 - Roberts betters The Real-Town Murders in this elegant, fun and reference-loaded sequel, combining a howdunnit, a whodunnit-to and an exploration of the nature of money (with added 2001).
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One Way: S. J. Morden ***(*) 3 September 2018 - Promises a murder mystery in space, but though there certainly are murders among the Martian astronauts, it's more a combination of The Martian style attention to detail with a conspiracy thriller.
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The Wrong Stars: Tim Pratt *** 22 August 2018 - A straightforward space traders and alien encounters space opera. Some neat complexities, but didn't hugely engage.
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