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A Natural History of the Future: Rob Dunn ***** 20 January 2022 - Despite having plenty of doom laden content, manages to be both fascinating and inspiring on the way we need to consider the environmental consequences of human actions.
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Hubble, Humason and the Big Bang: Ron Voller *** 17 January 2022 - An excellent source for someone attempting to dig into Hubble's work in detail, but tries too hard as popular science, showering the reader with far too much background.
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Human-Centred AI: Ben Shneiderman **** 13 January 2022 - Shneiderman argues convincingly that we need to move from AI taking decisions and actions in a replacement of humans to human-centred AI augmenting human abilities. Important message, if a pain of a book to read.
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Bewilderment: Richard Powers **** 23 December 2021 - Despite being shortlisted for the Booker, an impressive work of science fiction. Consciously inspired by Flowers for Algernon, does what SF does best in exploring humanity through the impact of science and technology.

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Dune: Frank Herbert ***** 17 December 2021 - A handsome new hardback edition of this 60s science fantasy classic makes it worth revisiting. Brilliant world building and detail in this messianic tale.
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Cytonic: Brandon Sanderson **** 5 December 2021 - Like Star Wars, a fairy tale using SF tropes - but engaging and interesting, with some impressive plot twists set up in the earlier novels.
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