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    My Favourite Books of 2016

    It’s that time again for my favourite books of the year. Like always these are my favourite books I read this year, they weren’t all published this year. Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky. It’s about spiders evolving to the point where they can fly rockets. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carré. I watched the movie version of this before reading the book. And I watched it a good few times so I went into this knowing how it would end. Despite that I was still amazed by the ending even though it played out almost the exact same way as the movie. Goldenhand by Garth Nix. I…

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    Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

    Stories of Your Life and Others is a collection of short stores written by Ted Chiang. This book contains the piece (Stories of Your Life), which the hit science fiction film Arrival was based on. This post will contain spoilers for Arrival. Since this is a series of short stories I’m going to review each one individually. SUMMARY Collected here for the first time, Ted Chiang’s award-winning stories–recipients of the Nebula, Sturgeon, Campbell, and Asimov awards–offer a feast of science, speculation, humanity, and lyricism. Standouts include “Tower of Babylon,” in which a miner ascends the fabled tower in order to break through the vault of heaven; “Division by Zero,” a precise…

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    Arrival: A New First Contact?

    My one problem with Star Trek is that the aliens have human ideals. The Vulcans claim to be above emotion (but they’re not), the Kazon think men are better than women. Pretty much every alien species has two arms and two legs and the only real difference being a funny shaped forehead. There is a reason for that, Star Trek took our modern ideals (at least from the time it was made) and placed them far into the future. Arrival isn’t like this at all. You could also argue that the forehead of the week thing came about because Star Trek being a TV show needed to be made quickly…

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    A Closed And Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

    A Closed And Common Orbit is the second book in the Wayfarers series by Becky Chambers. This book is set in the same universe to The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet. But is not a direct sequel and features a different cast of characters. The series is continued in Record Of A Spaceborn Few. A CLOSED AND COMMON ORBIT SUMMARY Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper,…