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The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom by Michael Shermer
The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom

DANE, February 27, 2015

Michael Shermer has produced a whopper of a book here. Clocking in at close to 500 pages, it's a serious read. I discovered him a number of years ago when I read The Believing Brain (an absolute MUST-READ) and have kept an eye on him ever since. His newest book examines the progression of morality over the centuries and does an excellent job of showing that we ARE actually getting better as time goes by. In support of this he divides the book into sections and tackles specific examples e.g. societal views on race relations, LGBT communities and women's rights etc. If you regularly shake your head at the state of humanity, take the time to read this and I guarantee you'll feel better by the end of it!
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Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years by David A Goodman
Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years

DANE, January 8, 2015

Although I've been a bit of a Star Trek nerd since I was a kid, Federation didn't quite live up to my expectations. The book is a history of the first 150 years of the Federation and is full of information and illustrations of various documents and characters. The description got me quite excited but I was a little let down once I went through it. The style of illustrations won't be to everyone's taste and the text was interesting but not overly so ie. there really isn't anything in it that a fan wouldn't already know. I guess I'm more of a "novel" person. Will be interested to see what others thought of it.
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Owner #01: The Departure by Neal Asher
Owner #01: The Departure

DANE, January 7, 2015

I'd been looking for a sci-fi novel to read for a while when this jumped out at me last month. Thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely suggest reading it. The beginning of a series of novels, The Departure is a bit Elysium-like in that it's set in a near-future Earth where the population has exploded to 12 billion and the "haves" are taking drastic steps to reduce the number of "have nots". Filled with all sorts of technology, enhanced humans, and battles, the action alternates between Earth, a new base on Mars and an orbital space station where the privileged "Committee" members live. I'll definitely be looking out for the next one!
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Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
Rendezvous With Rama

DANE, December 8, 2014

An Arthur C. Clarke classic. I first read this as a child and remember finding it difficult to follow. For years I avoided re-reading it but I finally got around to doing so and thoroughly enjoyed it. I suppose I should have known my age had played a part in making me think the story was overly complicated. Rendezvous With Rama tells the story of a near-future Earth and humanity's first contact with an alien civilization. The visitor takes the shape of a huge asteroid-sized spacecraft and what happens when we meet makes for a true page-turner. It will definitely leave you prepped for the sequel!!
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Nightrunner #01: Luck in the Shadows: The Nightrunner Series, Book I by Lynn Flewelling
Nightrunner #01: Luck in the Shadows: The Nightrunner Series, Book I

DANE, December 1, 2014

If you're a gay fan of sci-fi or fantasy, there just aren't that many books out there with queer characters. I've always been much more of a sci-fi reader myself but a friend suggested I try the Nightrunner series so I gave it a shot. Six books later, I have to admit that I'm totally hooked. These books are so much fun! Wizards and sorcerers, castles and queens, adventures and espionage, this series has it all! What was even better though was seeing the relationship develop between the two main characters. I've never come across a queer storyline like this before. It starts out with the barest of hints in book 1 but builds from that point on. Trust me, you will not be disappointed!
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