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url 2018-09-14 12:50
2018 US National Books Award (non fiction)
One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy - Carol Anderson Ph.D.,Dick Durbin
The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation - Colin G. Calloway
Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001–2016 - Steve Coll
Brothers Of The Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War - Marwan Hisham,Molly Crabapple,Molly Crabapple
American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic - Victoria Johnson
The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life - David Quammen

Noticeable books. Added and edit this post later.

 

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review 2018-09-03 17:34
Access Denied Prototype: “Valis” by Philip K. Dick
VALIS - Philip K. Dick


Is Phil Dick talking about regressing back to former time periods, or the much more radical notion of previous structures existing in the sub-strata of reality and emanating forward, like the notion of ancient Rome, a proto-fascist state, The Black Iron Prison of VALIS, falling forward through history. I think for Phil Dick - sensing these things - was no mere matter of psychological themes. And in the exploration of these realities one thing is clear - the date doesn't matter. A smug talking refrigerator door is about everyday oppression. It is humorous but it represents the shadow. Have you heard the automated checkout robot at Woolworths? "Unexpected item in the bagging area." Combining elements of stern accusation and exasperation. So he had it right, now everyday objects talk to us, and form part of an oppressive regime who's intent is to shackle the soul.

 

 

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review 2018-09-03 15:36
Non-Predictive SF: “Clans of the Alphane Moon” by Philip K. Dick
Clans of the Alphane Moon - Philip K. Dick


The actual potential, some of it realized already, of science is mind boggling & dizzying, and SF and TF both provided dazzling and wondrous possibilities to people's minds, especially young people's minds. When Phil Dick was writing there was a great deal more wonderment, and a great deal less expectation, in TF. Although there is more wonderment now in one sense, in that science and technology are making the stuff of SF real almost as fast as SF or TF writers can imagine it.

 

 

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text 2018-08-29 11:14
Reading progress update: I've read 205 out of 395 pages.
Second Variety (Collected Stories: Vol 2) - Philip K. Dick

Trouble with Bubbles: What is the link between humanity's creative and destructive urges? Also a precursor to "we're just living in a computer simulation" ideas.

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text 2018-08-28 17:33
Reading progress update: I've read 193 out of 395 pages.
Second Variety (Collected Stories: Vol 2) - Philip K. Dick

"The door melted," apparently an unremarkable event for the people using it.

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