Friday, January 30, 2009

How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion by Daniel H. Wilson, Stefan Rudnicki (Narrated by), Stefan Rudnicki (Read by)

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An inspired and hilarious look at how humans can defeat the inevitable robot rebellion—as revealed by a robotics expert.

How do you spot a robot mimicking a human? How do you recognize and then deactivate a rebel servant robot? How do you escape a murderous “smart” house, or evade a swarm of marauding robotic flies? In this dryly hilarious survival guide, roboticist Daniel H. Wilson teaches worried humans the keys to quashing a robot mutiny.

This is another clever "science book in disguise" - joining the ranks with titles like "The Physics of Star Trek." If you pay attention you'll actually learn a lot about robotics and the potentials (as well as weaknesses) of our robot "enemies."

I'm sure I had this out of the library, but never logged it as read. I just came across it in audio book form and was able to listen - really fun AND informative.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Precipice: Book One of the Asteroid Warsby Ben Bova


The first novel of the Asteroid Wars about earth’s near future from the “leading light of hard Science Fiction and space advocacy”* 
Once, Dan Randolph was one of the richest men on Earth. Now the planet is spiralling into environmental disaster, with floods and earthquakes destroying the lives of millions. Martin Humphries, fabulously wealthy heir of the Humphries Trust, also knows that space-based industry is the way of the future. But unlike Randolph he does not care if Earth perishes in the process. As Randolph—accompanied by two brilliant women astronauts—flies out to the Asteroid Belt aboard a fusion-propelled spacecraft, Humphries makes his move. The future of mankind lies in Randolph’s hands.

FINALLY.... I finished listening to the audio book of this - partly because I started reading Mars Life, another of the Grand Tour books by Bova.   Very good - full of lots of interesting speculation for future space flight and exploration.  His "New Morality" angle is one that fall a little flat with me - I certainly understand his issues, and it works well enough in his stories... but as an active Christion, it falls a little flat - it has the monolithic feel of someone outside a faith who thinks that all believers work in lockstep...

Fer de Lance

The Rubber Band

by Rex Stout

Just noting recent reading of the inestimable Nero Wolfe. Great stuff!