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PostPosted: Tue, 21. Nov 17, 21:47    Post subject: Re: Book Thread Reply with quote Print

mrbadger wrote:
...Orwells 'The Time Machine'....


Silly me, I thought H.G. Wells wrote 'The Time Machine'.


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PostPosted: Tue, 21. Nov 17, 21:48    Post subject: Re: Book Thread Reply with quote Print

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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PostPosted: Tue, 21. Nov 17, 21:53    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Can we blame autocorrect for all the awful books written since the dawn of computers? Or is it monkeys + autocorrect? Laughing


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PostPosted: Tue, 21. Nov 17, 23:14    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Monkeys, all the way down


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PostPosted: Wed, 22. Nov 17, 12:06    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

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Monkeys, all the way down


Oh no, not another flat-earther...


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PostPosted: Wed, 22. Nov 17, 12:33    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

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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PostPosted: Wed, 22. Nov 17, 16:11    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

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...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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PostPosted: Wed, 22. Nov 17, 17:59    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

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.



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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PostPosted: Thu, 23. Nov 17, 08:05    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

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. Smile Or, an industrial sized marital aid...

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PostPosted: Thu, 23. Nov 17, 11:03    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

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.

One artist to rule them all.


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PostPosted: Thu, 23. Nov 17, 11:09    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

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.

mrbadger wrote:


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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PostPosted: Thu, 23. Nov 17, 17:55    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

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." Smile

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

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PostPosted: Thu, 23. Nov 17, 19:00    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

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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PostPosted: Thu, 23. Nov 17, 19:36    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

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

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PostPosted: Thu, 23. Nov 17, 19:52    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

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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