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Log in, wake up, drop out

Filed in Science Fiction by on February 23, 2013 0 Comments
Log in, wake up, drop out

Robert J. Sawyer’s science fiction mystery www: wake is an intriguing take on the age-old question “what if something is ‘out there’?”.  Yet instead of writing ‘just another alien from outer space’ story, Sawyer sets much of his book  amongst the data packets and FTP protocols of the world wide web, a choice which servers (get it?) […]

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Getting jiggy in Georgian London

Filed in History by on February 16, 2013 3 Comments
Getting jiggy in Georgian London

The Secret History of Georgian London – sordid, seamy, captivating, alluring, repelling, wicked, fascinating, and very, very British – and that’s just the first page. It’s a strange thing; the Lock Hospital (18th-century London’s first institution specifically for treating sexually-transmitted diseases) made almost as much money from renting out pews in its chapel for Sunday […]

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Yeager – words are his wings

Filed in Autobiography by on February 16, 2013 2 Comments
Yeager – words are his wings

Yeager is a rip-roaring autobiography which dips, ducks, dives and spins through test pilot Chuck Yeager’s exploits with such energy and speed it leaves you feeling giddy. But the book is not without its blindspots. If you didn’t know better, you could finish Yeager’s account believing that he was the inspiration for the Six Million […]

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