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Space Exploration: Carolyn Collins Petersen *** 15 February 2019 - A wide-ranging introduction to the history and achievements of the space programme, ideally suited for readers who come to it with just the haziest understanding of the subject.
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Professor Maxwell's Duplicitous Demon: Brian Clegg **** 11 February 2019 - The life and work of one of the greatest physicists in history, interspersed with 'demonic interludes' from Maxwell's strangest creation.
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Alice and Bob Meet the Wall of Fire: Thomas Lin *** 13 February 2019 - Some interesting science, but the format of reproducing website articles without illustrations doesn't make a great science book, and there was too much fantasy physics.
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Revenger: Alastair Reynolds ***** 28 January 2019 - The first novel in the same series as Shadow Captain sets the scene well from a different point of view and provides some excellent far future adventure.
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Shadow Captain: Alastair Reynolds ***** 22 January 2019 - Master world-builder Reynolds conjures up a fascinating far future solar system, where the Ness sisters pilot a former pirate ship, balancing fortune and survival.
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Blue Shift: Jane O'Reilly **** 16 January 2019 - Planet-hopping space adventure with some erotic romance and the now near-obligatory young female main character.
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