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Assigned Reading (#3): The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks

In an attempt to educate Mrs. NW, who is not exactly an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy, Mr. NW each month assigns a classic novel. 429 more words

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Thought Series: Exploring the relevance of science fiction ideas and technology in real life

There are some cool technologies and ideas that pop up time and time again in Science Fiction that, sadly, I think are never going to be a reality. 714 more words

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Coffee House: AI and Iain M. Banks

My friend Rob gave me three of Iain M Banks’ novels from his series called The Culture for my birthday:

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What’s in a name?

I’m still away for work. I’m glad to find Mr NW is doing a good job of keeping on top of things but this is really bugging me, so here I am, ranting about a pet-peeve. 355 more words


Mr NW is flying solo this week

Today is Labour Day in New Zealand, so Mr NW and I are in full on holiday mode (Mr NW is re-reading The Lies of Locke Lamora… 180 more words

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Friday Five: favourite first lines

A fistful of Fs for today’s title, and a fistful of first lines that have caught my attention, one way or another, over the years. In sort of reverse order, they are: 519 more words


Can Science Fiction be cool?

Today Mr NW shows that Science Fiction can be cool (because Mrs NW has her doubts).

I know what you’re thinking – in what universe is Science Fiction actually cool? 752 more words

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