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Exponential: Azeem Azhar **** 22 September 2021 - A mix of bad and good - important in pointing out how the rise of IT/AI/3D printing is different from previous technological change, but really dull, business book style.
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The Red Planet: Simon Morden *** 21 September 2021 - Really interesting opening and ending with a science fiction writer's powerful narrative - but rather dull aresology for too much of the content.
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Being You: Anil Seth *** 7 September 2021 - Some will love this book on consciousness, and Seth clearly knows his stuff. But I found the explanations of theories hard to follow (and argue with the physics).
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Rogue Moon: Algis Budrys **** 28 August 2021 - Despite being 61 years old this story of an attempt to understand an alien device that kills everyone who enters it is all about the psychology of the characters. Arguably unique for the period.
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Ruabon: Karl Drinkwater **** 15 August 2021 - A novella contribution to the backstory of Drinkwater's Lost Solace series which ties in well and has plenty of action.
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Fire of the Dark Triad: Asya Semenovich *** 22 July 2021 - Strangely old-fashioned story of the attempt to revive a failing Earth society by importing psychopaths from colonies on parallel worlds on the theory they're the creative ones. Readable once it gets going, but limited.
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