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Love Triangle: Matt Parker **** 10 July 2024 - Takes a subject that many dreaded at school and makes it fun and fascinating. The only slight problem is the enthusiast author's tendency to stick with a topic too long.
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Chain Reactions: Lucy Jane Santos *** 4 July 2024 - Takes us through the history of use of uranium, from wacky quack medicine to nuclear weapons and power. Suffers a little from being less engaging than the earlier title on radium.
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The AI Mirror: Shannon Vallor **** 3 July 2024 - Makes excellent use of the metaphor of AI as a mirror of human thought rather than true intelligence - and very readable for a philosophy book - but would probably have made a better article.
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Revelation Space: Alastair Reynolds *** 24 June 2024 - Without doubt a sweeping, science-driven space opera, but Reynolds has got a lot better in 20-odd years - too long and loses impetus several times.
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Machine Vendetta: Alastair Reynolds ***** 3 June 2024 - One of the best writers of intelligent space opera packs a huge plot into this finale to the Prefect Dreyfus trilogy.
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The Affirmation: Christopher Priest **** 27 May 2024 - A fascinating, dream-like novel that takes the reader into the relationship between memory and reality, exploring what is real if memory can no longer be relied on - though it stretches things to call it science fiction.
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