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If the Universe is Teeming with Aliens… Where is Everybody?: Stephen Webb ***(*) 8 Feb 2016 What starts as a really interesting, well-written exploration of the Fermi paradox is let down a little by the repetitious ’75 solutions’ format.
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On the Shores of Titan’s Farthest Sea: Michael Carroll *** 8 Feb 2016 - An attempt to use an SF novel to put across some ideas in science. The standalone novel is good 1950s fare, but the separate science section doesn’t quite deliver.
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L. A. Math: James Stein **** 27 Jan 2016 - There have been quite a few attempts to combine fiction and popular science/maths, but this is of the first to actually work, with humorous detective stories using mathematical techniques to solve the crimes.

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