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Science fiction books, an outer space future or a utopical society on earth.

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In The Player of Games, Iain M. Banks presents a distant future that could almost be called the end of history. Humanity has filled the galaxy, and thanks to ultra-high technology everyone has everything they want, no one gets sick, and no one dies. It's a playground society of sports, stellar cruises, parties, and festivals. Jernau Gurgeh, a famed master game player, is looking for something more and finds it when he's invited to a game tournament at a small alien empire. Abruptly Banks veers into different territory. The Empire of Azad is exotic, sensual, and vibrant. It has space battle cruisers, a glowing court--all the stuff of good old science fiction--which appears old-fashioned in contrast to Gurgeh's home. At first it's a relief, b... Rest of this review on the detail page
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In the bestselling The Physics of Star Trek, the renowned theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss took readers on an entertaining and eye-opening tour of the Star Trek universe to see how it stacked up against the real universe. Now, responding to requests for more as well as to a number of recent exciting discoveries in physics and astronomy, Krauss takes a provocative look at how the laws of physics relate to notions from our popular culture -- not only Star Trek, but other films, shows, and popular lore -- from Independence Day to Star Wars to The X-Files. * What's the difference between a flying saucer and a flying pretzel? * Why didn't the aliens in Independence Day have to bother invading Earth to destroy it? * What's new wi... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Described as 'Sci-Fi Chick-Lit', "To Save the World" is indeed Sci-Fi with a female touch, although it also has serious influences from the fantasy genre. The book describes a parallel world with an eerie link to our world. The book uses the surprise of Stephanie that she has a connection with this other world to describe this world, with strange forms of energy (although one could also describe this as magic). The story in the book works as a single story with a good ending, but is also a buildup to more storylines playing in the same world. All in all a great book to read. I'm looking forward to the next volumes.
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