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Post by Nanook » Tue, 21. Nov 17, 21:47

mrbadger wrote:...Orwells 'The Time Machine'....
Silly me, I thought H.G. Wells wrote 'The Time Machine'.
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Re: Book Thread

Post by mrbadger » Tue, 21. Nov 17, 21:48

Nanook wrote:
mrbadger wrote:...Orwells 'The Time Machine'....
Silly me, I thought H.G. Wells wrote 'The Time Machine'.
Oops....

It was Autocorrect wot dunnit, honest.....
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Post by Nanook » Tue, 21. Nov 17, 21:53

Can we blame autocorrect for all the awful books written since the dawn of computers? Or is it monkeys + autocorrect? :lol:
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Post by mrbadger » Tue, 21. Nov 17, 23:14

Monkeys, all the way down
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Post by Jericho » Wed, 22. Nov 17, 12:06

mrbadger wrote:Monkeys, all the way down
Oh no, not another flat-earther...
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Post by mrbadger » Wed, 22. Nov 17, 12:33

Flat as the flattest of flat things made of purest flat.....

I'm still trying to get my head round how the Universe is flat. That I can't quite grasp.

I kind of get it, but a flat thing having a three dimensional topology just ends up confusing me again.

I'm no physicist.
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Post by Morkonan » Wed, 22. Nov 17, 16:11

mrbadger wrote:...I'm still trying to get my head round how the Universe is flat. That I can't quite grasp...
Don't think in terms of "shape" and it may be easier.

Related: Friedmann Equation.

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Post by mrbadger » Wed, 22. Nov 17, 17:59

You give me that to read after a day writing parallel programming assignments?

I think it'll have to sit on my desktop and wait till I have room to take it in.

Looks interesting though. Starts easily enough anyway. Then it fast heads into 'you've used me too much today' territory for my poor brain.

Beware scientific papers that use the word 'Simply'.....

But anyway. I had something to show. I found this by chance in a second hand book shop a few years back.

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Anyone see why I was so excited to find it? Cost me £1.50, no idea as to its actual value, not that it matters, since resale is not an option.

The book itself is pretty mediocre. Nothing I would have set out to buy deliberately.
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Post by Morkonan » Thu, 23. Nov 17, 08:05

No idea. It looks interesting, though. The mechanicals look somewhat familiar, but can't place them atm.

The crawler does look like an old "hot-dog" truck, though. :) Or, an industrial sized marital aid...

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Post by Jericho » Thu, 23. Nov 17, 11:03

That book looks like the cover of every single publication in the "Science Fiction/Fantasy" shelf of my local library when I was growing up.

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Post by Jericho » Thu, 23. Nov 17, 11:09

mrbadger wrote: I don't actually like 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep'. I tried to, but like much of Dicks work, it's a hard read.
I don't like most of it, including the word Kible in every other paragraph. But I did like the concept of 2 separate police forces, not knowing about each other, no one knowing if they are replicants or not, working around each other but never crossing paths. Something about all that part really appealed to me... And then it went nowhere. "Well, I'm not a replicant, so you must be." "Oh my God, you're right! What should I do with my squirrel?"

It's like he just ran out of ideas.
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I'm sure I've read some Alan Dean Foster, but for the moment I don't recall any specifics. Only it wouldn't have been short stories.
I'm now wondering if it was Alan Dean Foster or John Sladek... Need to dig further... Or am I mixing up different short stories form different authors... I was stuck in France with nothing to do but sit in the sun and read a huge stack of books that were left behind.
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Post by Morkonan » Thu, 23. Nov 17, 17:55

Jericho wrote:...It's like he just ran out of ideas.
I don't think PKD ever experienced a moment in his writing life where he was "out of ideas." :)

However, he did have a knack for putting together stories that were weirder than the sum of their parts.

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Post by mrbadger » Thu, 23. Nov 17, 19:00

Second clue in the book cover mystery (I own both these books, but this image I nicked off the interwebs, so if you wanted to cheat you could google image match it). This one really did cost me a lot of money, because it wasn't a lucky find.

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Post by CBJ » Thu, 23. Nov 17, 19:36

Is this something to do with the covers of several books joining together to create a single picture?

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Post by Morkonan » Thu, 23. Nov 17, 19:52

That's cool!

I've seen "spline" cover-art match, but can't recall any front-cover-art matches at the moment.

Nice find!

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