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Re: What are you reading?

October 3rd, 2017, 1:09 pm

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Just finished 'Legends of the Samurai', Hiroaki Sato. Historical accounts of samurai in both leadership and retainer roles, from about 1000 years ago to turn of 20th century.
https://www.amazon.com/Legends-Samurai- ... 1590207300
No real design content here, although there's quite a bit of poetry. Its fun/sad/enlightening comparing ancient days to modern times...Flynn, Manafort, Price, and heck maybe even Comey and Kushner would have disemboweled themselves by now.
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October 11th, 2017, 3:16 pm

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yo wrote:Currently about 800 pages into Seven Eves by Neil Stephenson... it isa bit challenging. Sometimes there will be 5-6 pages devoted to orbital mechanics. He also seems to obsessively go over the more technical aspects of getting a thousand humans into space and the psychological and health issues it creates... but i stuck with it. And then you get about 2/3rds in and a page says "5 thousand years later..." jumps from present day to that far forward... a bit of a cognitive shift.

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Neal Stephenson is awesome. I loved the first part of Seveneves. Act 2 jumped the shark a bit.

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October 11th, 2017, 3:18 pm

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yo wrote:Currently about 800 pages into Seven Eves by Neil Stephenson...
PS: Is this the Sci-Fi movie you're doing concept work for?

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October 11th, 2017, 4:23 pm

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Ha, no. It is a different, less intellectual movie, but still fun.

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October 11th, 2017, 4:28 pm

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yo wrote:Ha, no. It is a different, less intellectual movie, but still fun.
Rats :)

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October 11th, 2017, 4:56 pm

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But I'd love to work on the design for some of the vehicles for Seven Eves! :-) I love that one of the characters in the book is so blatantly supposed to be Neil deGrasse Tyson.... I read all of that character's lines in his voice.

I took a break from heady SciFi and am now reading "A Long Way To a Small, Angry Planet" which is pretty hilarious. https://www.amazon.com/Long-Small-Angry ... 0062444131

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October 12th, 2017, 1:16 pm

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yo wrote:I took a break from heady SciFi
If you dig Stephenson, I highly recommend Reamde if you're avoiding "heady SciFi". Fun read.

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October 23rd, 2017, 9:19 am

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Forsaken Skies was a fun space opera. I need to get the other books in the series (why is everything a series now?)
Seven Eves. Very good, very complex.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. Fun space adventure. Mildly funny.
The Return. After a nice set up and act 1, the rest of the book just didn’t go anywhere. A premise that ran out of steam 75 pages in.
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I started The Punch Escrow last night. I’m liking it so far. It is witty and quick with a fresh premise.

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October 23rd, 2017, 3:35 pm

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I'm reading On Things As Ideas edited by Robert Stadler and Alex Valliant. Its excellent so far, definitely challenges my mind in relation to design theory.

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October 30th, 2017, 7:29 pm

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Just finished "The Comedians" by Kliph Nesteroff. It's a brief history of comedy. The first 3-4 chapters are hard going because I had no reference for the people he was talking about. The rest of the book was great though. It gave me a small glimpse into the real life characters of some of the comedians I grew up listening to.
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November 2nd, 2017, 8:54 pm

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The Martian.

Honestly have been reading this since January this year, and halfway through the book I got stuck on a chapter chock full of scientific/technical stuff. I haven't watched the movie yet, and for this book, I look up anything that's unknown to me for a better picture (MAV, chemical processes, etc). I also get more out of reading this during +1hr sessions. OK I promise I will finish the book this year. Great book though... gets the gears turning and is hilarious at times!

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January 25th, 2018, 10:28 am

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A few recent reads
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January 31st, 2018, 11:06 am

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Just finished Interstellar Age by Jim Bell (An Arizona State professor!). Pretty good book about the Voyager program. I would have preferred a little more on the discoveries and the development process of the spacecraft, but I get it, this is for mass consumption.

Having said that, I do think that the Voyager program may be the most important single project in human history since Columbus' voyage to Hispanola. In a similar way, Voyager doubled the size of our universe by actually visiting our solar system's outer planets.

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January 31st, 2018, 12:41 pm

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Just finished "Autonomous"... the first novel by Annalee Newitz, one of the editors of io9.com. A slightly bleak look forward at how the world of indentured autonomous machines might effect policies on human rights and how global pharma is directing law enforcement. It still manages to be fun insight of the heavy topics.

https://www.amazon.com/Autonomous-Novel ... 0765392070

Just got a few pages into "Artemis", Andy Weir's second novel. Weir wrote "The Martian" and he packs in lots of hard science. It is good so far.

https://www.amazon.com/Artemis-Novel-An ... 0553448129

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February 7th, 2018, 9:34 am

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I just joined and love this thread! Getting a lot of reading ideas! :)
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