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Pandaemonium, 1660-1886 by Humphrey Jennings
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The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
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Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Children of Time
by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2017
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Epic and extremely readable sci-fi in the tradition of Vernor Vinge. Great concept, great plot, compelling characters, occasionally cheesy dialogue. This one was a real treat start to finish.
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Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
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This book is a mix of scientifically-grounded history and ranty philosophical speculation. It was all over the place and in the end I'm not sure what the point of it all was.

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The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf
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The life story of a naturalist who inspired Darwin, Muir, and Thoreau -- and whose name deserves to be as well-known as theirs.
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Command and Control by Eric Schlosser
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Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
Stories of Your Life and Others
by Ted Chiang
read in December, 2016
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Distrust That Particular Flavor by William Gibson
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Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann
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Changing How the World Does Business by Roger Frock
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I was completely enthralled by this story of FedEx's early years from someone who lived it. Amazing how much an aviation+shipping company in the 1970s resembles the path of fast-growth internet startups circa 2010s.
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Douglas Adams
“I've come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:
1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
2. Anything that's invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
3. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.”
Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

Stephen King
“I also employed the world-famous Hemingway Defense. Although never clearly articulated (it would not be manly to do so), the Hemingway Defense goes something like this: as a writer, I am a very sensitive fellow, but I am also a man, and real men don’t give in to their sensitivities. Only sissy-men do that. Therefore I drink. How else can I face the existential horror of it all and continue to work?”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Neal Stephenson
“But I have to warn you that this is the word—‘politics’—that nerds use whenever they feel impatient about the human realities of an organization.”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves

Connie Willis
“You'd help if you could, wouldn't you, boy?" I said. "It's no wonder they call you man's best friend. Faithful and loyal and true, you share in our sorrows and rejoice with us in our triumphs, the truest friend we ever have known, a better friend than we deserve. You have thrown in your lot with us, through thick and thin, on battlefield and hearthrug, refusing to leave your master even when death and destruction lie all around. Ah, noble dog, you are the furry mirror in which we see our better selves reflected, man as he could be, unstained by war or ambition, unspoilt by-”
Connie Willis, To Say Nothing of the Dog

Stephen R. Covey
“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”
Stephen R. Covey

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