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Plate Tectonics (Ladybird Expert): Iain Stewart *** 16 April 2018 - for once some of the illustrations are useful, but the approach taken is more academic name checking than interesting narrative.
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Artificial Intelligence (Ladybird Expert): Michael Wooldridge **** 13 April 2018 - Packs in a remarkable amount of beginner's info on AI - it's just a shame that the illustrations seem pitched at a different level.
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A Life in Cybernetics: Norbert Wiener ** 11 April 2018 - Detailed but dull memoirs from the founder of cybernetics, a concept that now feels very dated.
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Light: John Harrison *** 19 April 2018 - A complex novel with three interlacing strands, one present day, two far future. You have to trust the author as for a long time it's not clear what's going on. Not sure it succeeds, but interesting.
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Stone: Adam Roberts **** 26 March 2018 - in letters written to a pebble a psychopath uncovers the nature of a future society and his intent to kill everyone on a planet. Sometimes a little slow but filled with amazing ideas.
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The Museum of Second Chances: A E Warren *** 27 February 2018 - an intriguing story with the premise of recreating Neanderthals in a future where Homo sapiens is a second class species.
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