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Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson
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May 29, 2012

really liked it
Read from May 29 to June 06, 2012

A novel with a punchline, so very worth it. It's not a favorite book, so I'm not going to give it 5, and it's actually smoother than the author's usual style, but I highly recommend it. It's one of those books that was assigned to me for a science fiction (speculative fiction to be precise) class. Each of its characters represents a different relationship with science--science for social change, science for its own sake, science and spirituality, science to make products, science within politics. This book enables readers to seriously think about the role of science, giving us a glimpse also into the grant-procuring process, while still being accessible and often light. It is still a novel about characters, so it will not turn off those who are intimidated by heavy scientific jargon because the novel mostly employs it for authenticity. It is not a science fiction exploring a scientific theory but instead exploring clashing practices of "progress." It is also occasionally set in UCSD and La Jolla, so anyone familiar with any of its real settings would be amused to read this.

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05/29/2012 page 237
06/03/2012 page 260
60.0% "I met the author!! He was a guest speaker for our class, and we asked a lot of smart questions. The teacher made us prepare them in advance for extra credit so we actually had time to think about it. He seems very serious at first just sitting and composed, but he's really great, articulate and lively. He's not ebullient, but he's warm and critical."
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