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Gaia's Web - Karen Bakker *** 22 May 2024 - Important ideas on how effective use of data can transform environmentalism but the simplistic political stance and some writing issues weaken its effectiveness.
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Making Sense of Chaos: Doyne Farmer ***** 21 May 2024 - A remarkable book pulling together chaos theory and economics. Provides the first possibility that economics could become a real science. Not an easy read, but worth the effort.
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Alien Earths: Lisa Kaltenegger **** 8 May 2024 - A good beginner's guide to exoplanets, what's inhabitable and how to detect life remotely, but tries too hard to be friendly and needs more on how speculative this can be.
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The Coming Storm: Greg Mosse *** 17 May 2024 - Far too little happens in this sequel to a dystopian near-future novel - and it has a non-ending. Like a filler episode in a TV series.
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High: Adam Roberts **** 7 May 2024 - Reading this novella was rather like watching a good sci-fi anthology series episode. Enjoyable, but you wanted more filled in.
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Robots and Empire: Isaac Asimov **** 4 March 2024 - The last of Asimov's robot novels has more satisfying content than its predecessor, though it is still far too wordy in interminable discussions.
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