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Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
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Mar 20, 09

bookshelves: sci-fi

These short stories translated from Italian are absolutely phenomenal. The title refers to "Cosmic" comics--as in exploring scientific theories like all the matter in the universe beginning at one point and slowly expanding, the idea that stars and galaxies move away faster the further away they are, ways of nebulae condensing into planets, the cause of the extinction of the dinosaurs, etc. This guy knew his science, and part of the purpose of these stories is presenting scientific theories in a way the layman can understand. But that's not all! The other layer of every one of these stories is human nature--whether or not the characters are human. This is a collection of bed-time stories that are so much deeper than anything you've ever read before!

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