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    Book Review: Seveneves

    by Seveneves is actually two stories. The first is a sort of end of the world, death by raining moon fragments and saving of the human race by going into space kind of tale. Saving is relative, and by dint of a technology not quite indistinguishable from magic. The second picks up 5000 years later, when the human race has recovered, and very nearly speciated in several directions. It’s the second one I really wanted, the exploration of the cultures that resulted from such a difficult beginning. Unfortunately, that was the shorter of the two stories, and a little drier. Not that the first story was bad, but I would…

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    2015 Reading Journey: Snow Crash

    by Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (1992) In late 1994, I remember this being a big seller in mass market paperback in the bookstore I worked in at the time (the World’s Biggest Bookstore in Toronto, sadly torn down in late 2014). At the time, I avoided it, not being a fan of the Cyberpunk subgenre at the time. Rather the opposite, really. My tastes have broadened since then, and I felt it worth considering something in that (personally) neglected subgenre as part of the decade tour. So I jumped in just a few minutes after finishing Howl’s Moving Castle. The first thing to notice is that the novel is…