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Using a cellular telephone is like standing naked in an open field with a megaphone, screaming Please kill me and take all my stuff.

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Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
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Elizabeth Holmes wanted to be the next Steve Jobs. She wanted to remembered as an entrepreneur who changed the world, with a glowing biography of her insight and toughness by someone like Walter Isaacson. But her company was an immense fraud that is ...more
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How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
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I'm always a little skeptical when a literary prodigy does genre fiction. Science fiction is bad enough enough, without the literary ball of neuroses that is the Iowa Writer's Workshop sliding in. So let me say that How to Live Safely In a Science Fi ...more
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
"If anyone is ever crazy enough to make a movie version of this, they better hire Charlie Kaufman to do the adapted screenplay. Even he would probably be left scratching his head and saying, “What the hell??”

Trying to summarize this is going to be..." Read more of this review »
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Iraq + 100 by Hassan Blasim
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As Americans, we invaded and wrecked Iraq, so the least we can do is read some Iraqi literature. As editor Hassan Blasim, the Arab world has a dearth of genre literature. There is no Arab Tolkien or Asimov, no living or historical author who links th ...more
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Iraq + 100 by Hassan Blasim
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As Americans, we invaded and wrecked Iraq, so the least we can do is read some Iraqi literature. As editor Hassan Blasim, the Arab world has a dearth of genre literature. There is no Arab Tolkien or Asimov, no living or historical author who links th ...more
Iraq + 100 by Hassan Blasim
"3.5 Stars. Ten short stories by Iraqi writers envisioning Iraq 100 years after the US-led invasion. I love short speculative fiction, but I was mostly interested in this book because I have a huge blind spot in my knowledge about Iraq. Everything..." Read more of this review »
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Trail of Feathers by Tahir Shah
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Tahir Shah likes to play the fool, but behind the jokes is a sharp observer of people. Trail of Feathers is actually a fascinating adventure and serious work of ethnopharmacology masquerading as yet another dumb European travelogue (as a Pakistan Bri ...more
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Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
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Everyone says Ted Chiang is really good.

Everyone is right.

This collection of his earliest work, including his Nebula winning first story "Babylon", a sci-fi retelling of the tower of Babylon, and basis for the film Arrival, demonstrate fluency with b
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Smokejumper by Jason A. Ramos
" Less educational than reading a 200 page forestry manual on fuel models, but a lot more fun "
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Across The Fence by John Stryker Meyer
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Across The Fence is a top-notch memoir and history detailing one of the most hazardous jobs in the Vietnam War. In order to gain intelligence on and disrupt the Ho Chi Minh Trail, small teams of Americans and Vietnamese were secretly inserted into La ...more
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Bruce Sterling
“This is not to say that science itself is politics. Scientific knowledge is profoundly different from political ideology. Science is an intellectual system producing objective data about the nature of the universe. Science involves falsifiable hypotheses, reproducible results, and rigorous experimental verification. Scientific knowledge isn't a political construct, any more than element 79 in the periodic table is a political construct.

But the things people do with science are every bit as political as the things people do with gold.”
Bruce Sterling, Distraction

J.G. Ballard
“I would sum up my fear about the future in one word: boring. And that's my one fear: that everything has happened; nothing exciting or new or interesting is ever going to happen again ... the future is just going to be a vast, conforming suburb of the soul”
J.G. Ballard

Hunter S. Thompson
“This maybe the year when we finally come face to face with ourselves; finally just lay back and say it—that we are really just a nation of 220 million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns, and no qualms at all about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.”
Hunter S. Thompson, The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time

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