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Adventures of a Computational Explorer: Stephen Wolfram *** 18 October 2019 - It would be easy to see this collection of essays and speeches from the man behind Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha as a vanity project, but there is some interesting material, from computing to consulting for movies.
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The Science of Being Human: Marty Jopson ***** 17 October 2019 - Really engaging nuggets, easily readable in chunks, that don't so much give the big picture of human science as dive into the nooks and crevices of the surprising bits of human existence. Fun!
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Virtual Reality: Samuel Greengard *** 12 October 2019 - Pocket-sized guide to VR (plus augmented and mixed) points out the technology has been over-hyped, but does exactly that, claiming we're experiencing a 'massive wave' of virtual reality. Some good information, but presentation of it could be better.
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World Engines - Destroyer: Stephen Baxter **** 15 October 2019 - Baxter is very much a modern equivalent of Asimov or Clarke, providing SF with lashings of science and really meaty setting that makes for an enjoyable read. Loses one star as the characters are rather Asimovian too.
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Total Eclipse: John Brunner **** 11 October 2019 - Although intellectual rather than engaging, Brunner's 1975 book gives us us an unusually good idea of the difficulties of trying to decipher a dead alien culture.
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Entanglement: Andrew Thomas ***(*) 30 September 2019 - A top-secret government research station in the Scottish highlands disappears, a colony of moles are mysteriously transported from Cambridgeshire to Lundy Island, and a brick starts behaving very strangely in this comedy SF thriller with good ideas but in need of a good edit.
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