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Posts Tagged ‘Science’

Ready Player One: The best science fiction novel I’ve read in a decade

Ready Player One: The best science fiction novel I’ve read in a decade

It seems like every decade or so a science fiction novel comes along that sends a lightning bolt through my nervous system: Philip Jose Farmer’s To Your Scattered Bodies Go (1971). William Gibson’s Neuromancer (1984). Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash (1992). Cory Doctorow’s Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (2003). And I recently discovered [...]

Steven “Jumper” Gould’s new novel 7th SIGMA: Genre-busting science fiction/western kicks ass

Steven “Jumper” Gould’s new novel 7th SIGMA: Genre-busting science fiction/western kicks ass

Steven Gould's latest novel 7th Sigma is his best since Jumper, and while it shares Jumper's excellent pace and likable characters, it is otherwise as totally unlike Jumper as it could be, except in the field of overall awesomeness, which it has in spades. In 7th Sigma, the American southwest has experienced a unique apocalypse: out of [...]

Bitcoin explained by the Economist

Bitcoin explained by the Economist

Let me get this straight. A clever programmer/mathematician has, effectively, created a peer-to-peer, decentralized, self-policing, self-regulating, tamper-proof digital currency based on open source software? This reads like something out of a science fiction novel. The idea has always been around, but to figure out a workable [...]

Among Others: Extraordinary, magic story of science fiction as a toolkit for taking apart the world

Among Others: Extraordinary, magic story of science fiction as a toolkit for taking apart the world

I've been wandering around for a week reading Jo Walton's Among Others, trying to think of how I'd describe it once I finished, and now I've just finished and I'm still stumped. So let me start with some adjectives. "Indescribable" for a starter. But more like "indescribably wonderful." And also "compassionate" and "sweet" and "magical." [...]

Steven Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From: multidisciplinary hymn to diversity, openness and creativity

Steven Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From: multidisciplinary hymn to diversity, openness and creativity

Science writer Steven Johnson's latest book, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation is, in some ways, a classic Johnson book: drawing from diverse sources across many disciplines, Johnson recounts historical scientific breakthroughs and draws from them parallels to modern technology, particularly networked computers and [...]