like Ian McDonald`s books too

What Has Been Read Cannot Be Unread

Did you ever read a book just because you liked the cover?  Yeah, me, too.  That is why I sometimes comment on the cover, especially those I think are awful, or cheesy or didn’t fit either the quality of the writing or the atmosphere of the work.  Well, here is a book I started to read because of the cover.

It is set in 2027 in Istambul, the Queen of Cities.  Good start.  Lots of robots, and especially nanobots and the police use swarms of them for surveillance and crowd control.

But the problem for me is that it is set in Istambul.  With all that entails, which is lots of references to things I have no knowledge of, lots of Turkish words tossed in, but the atmosphere!  The Atmosphere!  Really great atmosphere building, and gives us the feel of this ancient city, with its ancient neighborhoods and its ultra…

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Banned Books: 500 years worth

Soon the world will have a massive physical monument to censorship. This year, Argentine artist Marta Minujín will open an installation built from books, all of which were banned around the world at some point in history. The “Parthenon of Books,” a re-creation of her 1983 installation in Buenos Aires, will be unveiled in June…

via Access a database of 70,000 books banned around the world going back to 1575 — Quartz

Zunum Aero, based in Kirkland, Washington announced Wednesday that it is developing a hybrid electric airplane with batteries stored in its wings. The company hopes to have its new planes in the skies by the early 2020s. The goal is to drive down the cost of short-haul flights with distances of up to 1,000 miles.

A small aerospace startup is trying to bring electricity-powered airplanes to the world’s skies, a technology it says will save time, money, the environment, and perhaps our hearing. Zunum Aero, based in Kirkland, Washington announced Wednesday that it is developing a hybrid electric airplane with batteries stored in its wings. The company hopes to have…

via “Tesla for the air”: JetBlue taps an electric airplane startup to make short-haul air travel cheaper — Quartz

“to stop the spread of a highly infectious fatal disease,” is not exactly a slaughter, now is it?

Reindeer have not had an easy time recently. There are only about 600,000 left of them, down from 1.5 million in 2000 thanks to dwindling habitat due to climate change, and last August, 318 of those were struck by lightning in a single storm and killed. And now, the government of Norway has decided to…

via The Norwegian government just authorized the slaughter of 2,200 reindeer — Quartz

how things change

Until recently, the US Government Accountability Office’s website described oil and gas drilling on federal lands as posing an “inherent risk” to human health and the environment. Now, that language has been replaced with wording about the economic benefits of oil and gas activity. The edits—made between midday on Feb 15 and midday Feb 16,…

via A US government website that used to warn about the risks of oil and gas drilling was changed to promote their economic benefits — Quartz

Book Review

Not AloneWhat an enjoyable, easy to read, feel good book !

Looking fir a great summer beach book? Look no further. I started this book months ago, then put it down, because there were others that came recommended more highly. Sorry I took their word.

Three days ago, started again, and could not put it down until I finished it. I thoroughly enjoyed every word