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Arthur Koestler – The Act of Creation (1964)

Science, history, art and humanity. Perhaps the clearest book ever written on anything. I found this most extraordinary book in the bowels of a university library. The library was being cleaned up, and dusty books were distributed to scientists, whoever … Continue reading

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Jack McDevitt – The Engines of God (1994)

7/10 The Engines of God is a novel about interstellar archeology. That’s right. Humanity has reached the stars and found the mysterious ruins of alien civilizations around them. It is actually to be expected. In the billions of years that … Continue reading

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Arthur C. Clarke – A Fall of Moondust (1961)

7/10 A Fall of Moondust is one of those mildly embarrassing cases where science caught up with science fiction and brands a book forever out of date. Written in 1960, six months before the Apollo program launched and 9 years … Continue reading

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Alan W. Watts – The Wisdom of Insecurity (1951)

150 p. About philosophy, religion and science. I am not often a consumer of esoteric, metaphysical or religious writing, but this book was whole-heartedly recommended to me and I decided to take a look. I googled the author Alan Watts … Continue reading

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Yuval Noah Harari – Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind (2014)

Do we really need another book about the general history of humankind? That was my first question. After all, authors like Jared Diamond (Guns, Germs and Steel; The Third Chimpanzee) and Ian Morris (Why the West Rules- For Now) already … Continue reading

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Poul Anderson – Tau Zero (1970)

7.5/10 The space ship Leonora Christine gets irreparably damaged and now can’t stop accelerating. As the ship approaches light speed, time slows down on board and the crew witness eons and galaxies go by, all the way up to the … Continue reading

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The Martian (2015)

8.5/10 Astronaut Mark Watney is stranded on Mars. He has to survive for more than a year while NASA devices a rescue plan, and he needs all his ingenuity to do so. Is there a new subgenre of science fiction … Continue reading

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Ted Chiang – Stories of Your Life and Others (2002)

9/10 A collection of 9 superb short stories, representing 12 years of craftsmanship and imagination. Ted Chiang is a SF writer who almost never writes. Maybe once in a few years he produces a manuscript, and usually it is a … Continue reading

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Turbo Kid (2015)

6.5/10 In a post-apocalyptic 1997, a kid becomes an action hero and challenges a local gang of post-apocalyptic bikers. Coming soon, to a wasteland near you. Quietly, 80s nostalgia became a big thing. The first signs might have come in … Continue reading

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Peter F. Hamilton – Judas Unchained (2005)

8/10 After finishing Pandora’s Star (2004) I had basically no choice but to start Judas Unchained (2005). It is not so much a sequel to the first book as the continuation of the story. Together, Pandora’s Star and Judas Unchained … Continue reading

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