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    Lee Smolins' Three roads to Quantum Gravity, finally determined to get thru it had it for years, already about 80 pages in out of 200.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    Thanks for the links - I will definitely revisit his writings.
    you are right: Sheckley's stories are aging very well: now they sound tongue-in-cheek rather than outdated... :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
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    This is borderline appropriate for a medical thread in OTB. It is completely inappropriate for "What are you reading?" If you want a discussion of your medical problems, it might be best to take it elsewhere. From rule 1:
    uh, come on; clearly I was not intending to give amateur medical advice: i was just noticing AT ANECDOTAL LEVEL that my father lost interest in doing sex and in reading novels at the same age... and this sort of noticing how people have different reactions at different ages is fully IN TOPIC in this thread...
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    Picked up Doctor Sleep yesterday on a whim and am quite enjoying it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barabino View Post
    uh, come on; clearly I was not intending to give amateur medical advice: i was just noticing AT ANECDOTAL LEVEL that my father lost interest in doing sex and in reading novels at the same age... and this sort of noticing how people have different reactions at different ages is fully IN TOPIC in this thread...
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    Iím reading Educated by Tara Westover and itís as good as most people have said.

    Westover was raised in a very small rural community in Idaho by survivalist parents. Her story is how she educated herself (alone and then in formal settings) and adapted to mainstream society. Her writing style seems to be influenced by Pat Conroy and Harper Lee, among others.

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    Annalee Newitz's The Future Of Another Timeline. I bought it because I enjoyed her first novel, Autonomous, and find her essays insightful and interesting.

    There's an intriguing time-machine concept, which has allowed a limited amount of time travel throughout most of human history (in Newitz's alternate world). The story involves groups of feminist and misogynist time travellers fighting an "edit war" on their own timeline, battling over the future of women's rights. The jonbar hinge is a real historical character, Anthony Comstock, and his Society for the Suppression of Vice.
    So it had all the makings of an interesting read. However, it's a real cry of anguish from Newitz, and that seems to have interfered with her ability to draw well-rounded characters. All the males (bar two) are simply one-dimensional embodiments of various undesirable male traits. (Both exceptions are representatives of oppressed minority groups.) All the females and other genders are brave, true and much abused, with the exception of one character who has evidently had her will broken by one of the more unpleasant male characters. Cries of anguish are fine, and this one is timely (for reasons I won't go into here), but I did get the grinding feeling I was helping Newitz work through her murderous revenge fantasies, rather than reading for enjoyment. So I'm glad to have read it, but can't imagine a circumstance in which I'd read it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    I've been rereading Robert Sheckley's AAA Ace Interplanetary Decontamination Service short stories, which I'm sure will be recalled fondly by some folk here.
    You may be interested to know that all the relevant magazine issues are available on the Internet Archive. So you can read seven out of eight stories freely on-line.
    Here are links to those first seven stories:
    "Ghost V"
    "Milk Run"
    "The Laxian Key"
    "Squirrel Cage"
    "The Lifeboat Mutiny"
    "The Necessary Thing"
    "The Skag Castle"

    My personal favourite is "Squirrel Cage".

    Grant Hutchison
    Thanks for the links. Those stories were fun to read. I think I have read a little by Sheckley, but I never read anything from that series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    Thanks for the links. Those stories were fun to read. I think I have read a little by Sheckley, but I never read anything from that series.
    Glad you enjoyed them.
    If you like those, I'd recommend Colin Kapp's Unconventional Engineers stories, which are from the same era and have much the same sense of the ridiculous. They're not free on-line, but the e-book from Gollancz's Gateway Essentials is fairly cheap. I reviewed them here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Glad you enjoyed them.
    If you like those, I'd recommend Colin Kapp's Unconventional Engineers stories, which are from the same era and have much the same sense of the ridiculous. They're not free on-line, but the e-book from Gollancz's Gateway Essentials is fairly cheap. I reviewed them here.

    Grant Hutchison
    Go for it. I bought this e-book based on Grant's review and thoroughly enjoyed it. The only trouble will be that you will be wishing, unfortunately hopelessly, for more stories. It only cost me A$4.99 for the Kindle version.

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