Friday, November 01, 2002

Edison's Eve, by Gaby Wood

A nice companion to Standage's "The Turk". Wood tells a general story of the history of automata and the quest to make mechanical life. She provides a broad history... but (IMHO) she bogs down with some odd flights of psycho-historical analysis, wandering down interesting and wholly unrelated subjects - the life and times of midgets in particular. I understand that her argument is that they are associated.... but I think her interpretive readings of things are distracting.

Monday, October 28, 2002

The Compleat McAndrew, by Charles Sheffield

Delightful, breezy, fun hard SF shorts by Charles Sheffield - tall tales all, but with serious science behind them. Hard to say much more, but very enjoyable.