April 1, 2015
More science books that might be of interest: Time Magazine has a special edition out examining the techniques currently being used to try to answer that most intriguing of questions: Whether we're alone. It's $17, and is currently available wherever one finds magazines. Not sure whether subscribers get one automatically.
George Wilson, after looking at some of the titles posted in the last entry, commented that he especially likes books dealing with music: theory, psychology, and physiology. He recommends Stuart Isicoff's Temperament: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization. George describes it as a "fascinating study of science history."
Mark Bell recommends The Language of God by Francis S. Collins. Collins, Mark points out, headed the Human Genome Project.
Terry Hickman suggests Ada Palmer's Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance, "which while qualifying as academic, is written so lively and engagingly, it takes pride of place in my (ever-burgeoning) science library."
Other titles that are getting good reviews:
The End of Absence: Reclaiming Whay We've Lost in a World of Constant Connection by Michael Harris. A look at how the barrage of texts, OKCupid messages, Netflix binges and more is affecting our brains and our society.
Anybody know what an OKCupid message is?
A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing, by Lawrence M. Krauss.
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, by Mary Roach. Deals with basic questions about human space flight. E.g., How do astronauts go to the bathroom in zero or reduced gravity? How do they keep clean? Has anyone ever had sex in space? What would it be like? Mike Wall's description: "The book is far from just a catalog of the scurrilous and scatalogical; it delves seriously into the physiological and psychological effects of spaceflight and how astronauts, doctors and engineers prepare to meet such challenges. In short, Packing for Mars is an incredibly fun read that will give you a better understanding of the rigors of human spaceflight — and provide a wealth of choice details that you can dole out at parties to impress and disgust your friends." Sounds like must reading for anyone with an interest in writing SF.
I received a message from Tom Kellie today that I posted at my Facebook fanpage. It should also be made available here.
THE HERCULES TEXT, due for a May release, describes how we react when we acquire a transmission from the Andromeda galaxy. Here's a report from New Scientist informing us that we might have picked up just such a signal.
The sequel to Ancient Shores is complete. The working title, Beyond the Sky, didn't make the cut. It will be Thunderbird.