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What is Life? Paul Nurse ***** 18 September 2020 - Great compact introduction to the basics of modern biology, from the cell and genes to life as chemistry and information. Readable and packs in a surprising amount.
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The System: James Ball **** 16 September 2020 - Insightful look at what is happening behind the scenes in the world of the internet. Not so much a book about science and technology as about business, economics and politics, but still interesting to a popular science audience.
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Twenty Worlds: Niall Deacon ***** 12 September 2020 - takes what could have been a catalogue of exoplanet discoveries and turns it into a fun and fascinating read. Straightforward, lucid and uncluttered, with a novel style.
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Tales of Science Fiction: Brian Ball (Ed) ***** 13 September 2020 - Despite being published by Penguin's old YA imprint, these are amongst the best science fiction short stories from the 1940s and 50s for any age of reader. True classics.
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The Hair Carpet Weavers: Andreas Eschbach ***** 21 August 2020 - A fascinatingly weird start: a craftsman spend his entire life weaving a single carpet from the hair of his wives and daughters. The book consists of 18 linked stories, which fill in a picture that is clever and satisfying. Recommended.
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Trafalgar: Angélica Gorodischer *** 18 August 2020 - Linked short stories from the 1970s in the 'bar stories' tradition. Entertaining if sexist, but fantasy or straight fiction featuring a fantasist, rather than SF (also gets a little samey).
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