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Celestial Calculations: J. L. Lawrence *** 14 May 2019 - 'For the sort of person who is excited by the title Celestial Calculations, this book will be perfect; they can look forward to hours of enjoyment working through the examples. The catch is, I can’t imagine there are many people in that category…'
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No Shadow of a Doubt: Daniel Kennefick *** 7 May 2019 - Revisits the 1919 eclipse expedition 'confirming' Einstein's general theory of relativity, which has been much criticised for bias to show that it probably wasn't as bad as it has been cast.
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Dinosaurs Rediscovered: Michael Benton **** 2 May 2019 - A warm and approachable exploration of the way palaeontology has been transformed, able to tell us far more than was once the case. Rather bitty, but lots to enjoy.
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Children of Dune: Frank Herbert **** 13 May 2019 - After the low point of Dune Messiah, Herbert got back on form with Children of Dune - still too much agonising and philosophising, but much to enjoy.
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The Best of R. A. Lafferty **** 9 May 2019 - A collection of eccentric and whimsical short stories from 'the most important science fiction writer you've never heard of'.
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Dune: Frank Herbert ***** 22 April 2019 - Revisiting this 1965 classic, it holds up surprisingly well apart from a touch of fortune-cookie-itis and being science fantasy rather than science fiction.
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