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Old 09-16-2011, 07:04 AM   #526
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I'm currently reading "Dönitz and the wolf packs" by Bernard Edwards
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Old 09-21-2011, 02:35 AM   #527
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Reading "Dune".
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:11 AM   #528
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 Currently reading Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds. Not bad.
I read Pushing Ice a while back and enjoyed it. I found Reynolds' timeline a bit absurd, though. I'll be impressed if we've managed a manned mission to Mars by 2057 - for humans to be mining comets on an industrial scale by then would require an incredible revolution in space travel.

Personally, I'm currently reading How Apollo Flew to the Moon. Pretty good so far. Not very technical, but interesting details and anecdotes.
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:52 AM   #529
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I just finished "through struggle, the stars". Very nice bit of more or less realistic space opera, although I sure would like to know what kind of heatsinks they are employing on their spaceships to be able to keep their radiators retracted under combat conditions for what seems at least half an hour, lasers firing and thrusting and all. But at least they HAVE radiators.

Although, the most unrealistic aspect of the story is probably an american president that is concerned with matters that won't matter until another century or so after his term .
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Old 09-21-2011, 02:24 PM   #530
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 I read Pushing Ice a while back and enjoyed it. I found Reynolds' timeline a bit absurd, though. I'll be impressed if we've managed a manned mission to Mars by 2057 - for humans to be mining comets on an industrial scale by then would require an incredible revolution in space travel.
Yeah, I'm used to ignoring timelines in older fiction, but that was published in '05. Massive fusion-powered comet miners in 50 years is ridiculously optimistic.

That said, I liked the idea of the massive Spican structure actually functioning as a booster stage to accelerate a few more decimal places closer to light speed, while also vacuuming up and imprisoning samples of spacefaring life. The only thing I found slightly unbelievable was that a large, self-sustaining society was built on nothing but the ship's contents, the hundred or so crew, and the contents of a mostly barren moon. He glossed over stuff like long-term medicine and nutrition shortages, or the real consequences of a very limited gene pool.

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 I just finished "through struggle, the stars". Very nice bit of more or less realistic space opera, although I sure would like to know what kind of heatsinks they are employing on their spaceships to be able to keep their radiators retracted under combat conditions for what seems at least half an hour, lasers firing and thrusting and all. But at least they HAVE radiators.

Although, the most unrealistic aspect of the story is probably an american president that is concerned with matters that won't matter until another century or so after his term .
Sounds like one to add to the list.
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Old 09-21-2011, 02:54 PM   #531
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well then, i got a good old classic here (a box of them actually) - right now i'm reading "The Hobbit" - needn't i tell you by whom, right?

then i got the other three, which my girlfriend so thoughtfully gave me a few months back - and the best part, all in original english, as it's meant to be read

quite hard to put down, we thinksss.....
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:18 PM   #532
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Sounds like one to add to the list.
The nice thing is, you can buy the e-book for 5 bucks.
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:48 PM   #533
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James H. Earle's "Graphics Technology, 2nd Edition"
For my engineering graphics class.
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:39 PM   #534
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 The nice thing is, you can buy the e-book for 5 bucks.
I'm a hardcore eBook Luddite, dude. If it can't take up space on my bookshelf, it's not worth my money. Sooner or later Amazon will have the paperback for $5 shipped.
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:22 AM   #535
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 I'm a hardcore eBook Luddite, dude. If it can't take up space on my bookshelf, it's not worth my money. Sooner or later Amazon will have the paperback for $5 shipped.
So was i, but it's rather difficult to get your hands on foreign books in bosnia, and the post service is somewhat unreliable, so i got over it. By now i have come to actually apreciate it, it's just too convienient to order and carry around...
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Old 10-18-2011, 03:13 PM   #536
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Joan D. Vinge's The Outcasts of Heaven Belt.

Still one of my favourite works from the 1970's even with all the typo's in my copy.
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Old 10-18-2011, 03:19 PM   #537
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Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio...
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Old 11-08-2011, 10:47 PM   #538
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I'm reading the first edition of a book I got here about Astronautic... sadly is pretty outdated because the edition is from 1977 so it says that astronauts from like Apollo missions still doing their duties at NASA. But is pretty cool to learn more about Apollo missions and Yuri Gagarin adventures.

Is so outdated that says that Donald K. Slayton (died in 1993) stills doing his duties at NASA... LOL

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Old 11-08-2011, 10:52 PM   #539
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Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman

Excellent stories about a wonderful man. I highly recommend it.
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Old 11-08-2011, 10:57 PM   #540
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