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Old January 19 2014, 10:43 PM   #3151
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Re: So What Are you Reading?: Generations

Since my last post I finished Christopher L. Bennett's Only Superhuman. I really enjoyed and would definitely read any sequels, or anything else set in the same universe.

I also read Volume 3 of the Star Trek ongoing comics. The stories included in this volume are The Return of the Archons and The Truth About Tribbles.

I'm now reading Star Trek: The Fall: The Poisoned Chalice by James Swallow.

Also, while it's not something I read, I'm going to include an audio drama I listened to: Torchwood: The Lost Files: The Devil and Miss Carew.
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Old January 20 2014, 10:00 AM   #3152
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I am still reading different bookforms on this planet. Currently reading The Buried Age by Christopher L. Bennett (July 2007) and enjoying it. Going through Green Political Theory by Robert E. Goodin (1992) which is revisionist Green theory that desires to rescue Greens from themselves and is thus a bit paternalistic but immensely enjoyable. Still reading "The Modern Democratic State" by A. D. (Lord) Lindsay (1962) which is good entertaining reading for a polisci graduate.
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Old January 20 2014, 10:51 AM   #3153
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Reading Maskerade by Terry Pratchett right now. I do love that man's style.
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Old January 20 2014, 02:44 PM   #3154
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Since my last post I finished Christopher L. Bennett's Only Superhuman. I really enjoyed and would definitely read any sequels, or anything else set in the same universe.
Thanks!

Could I ask a favor of people who've read Only Superhuman? Could you please post reviews of the book on Amazon and/or B&N, regardless of whether you bought it there? It has surprisingly few reviews on either site, and I gather that reviews and discussion posted on Amazon or the like help create attention for a book there. They don't have to be glowing reviews, they should be honest, but just make your opinions heard. I'd appreciate it. Ditto for any of my other books, although OS is the one that could benefit the most.

And of course, feel free to do the same for other Trek novelists' original works, like KRAD's numerous books over the past few years, Dave Mack's The Calling, etc.
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Old January 20 2014, 03:58 PM   #3155
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I just finished off Dayton's Peaceable Kingdoms, which i liked very much, and have jumped back into my IKS Gorkon re-read.
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Old January 21 2014, 01:38 AM   #3156
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Almost finished with the novelization of Star Trek (2009). Moving on to Star Trek TNG #20 Spartacus by T.L. Mancour.
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Old January 23 2014, 06:54 PM   #3157
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I just finished my copy of Star Trek Annual 2013 - I liked it. And - I'm really, really, REALLY looking forward to more from John Byrne. I understand this is going to be an ongoing series now. Finally something from IDW that is well done - it's been along time coming.

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Old January 24 2014, 02:28 AM   #3158
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Finished out Titan: Synthesis the other day. Really enjoyable. Probably my favorite of the Titan novels. Really nice to see some of the background characters get some elevation. And an excellent take on Tuvok. I must admit, though, that I am very tired of Ranul Keru always being so contrary. Keru is pretty much unlikable throughout Titan, just a glowering guy with a bad attitude. It gets boring very quickly, even when he is right. It also isn't a glowing recommendation for his skills when pretty much everyone is constantly saying "You're right, but let's try this just incase." Still, though, Synthesis was a great read.

Now onto Typhon Pact: Zero Sum Game.
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Old January 24 2014, 02:38 AM   #3159
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I've read 3 more books in the TNG miniseries series A time to harvest. A time to love,And a time to hate by Robert Green burger
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Old January 24 2014, 03:49 AM   #3160
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The Days of Anna Madrigal by Armistead Maupin -- the final "Tales of the City" book. I'm "reading" the audio, read by Kate Mulgrew. She does a great job.
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Old January 25 2014, 05:58 AM   #3161
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Intellivore by Diane Duane.
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Old January 25 2014, 07:14 AM   #3162
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I recently finished A Hymn Before Battle and Gust Front by John Ringo.
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Old January 25 2014, 11:22 AM   #3163
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I am now over 2/3 of the way through "The Buried Age" by CLB (2007) and it seems to be getting better and better. I finished "Green Political Theory" by Goodin (1992) and changed "Green theory" in Wikipedia a little too.

Finished off rereading "A Preface to Economic Democracy" by Robert A. Dahl (1985) and still see it as a weak argument which is easily knocked down and therefore serves as counter-propaganda against workplace democracy or anti-property egalitarian sentiments. Give the doctrine in a weaker form and then knock it down and you shall immunize people against the stronger arguments. But charity demands I treat the short book as a genuine argument. And, maybe weak is best the argument gets anyway.

I saw the other Chris Pine movie and was interested in the concept of swearing an oath to defend a constitution. If the liberty to own property takes precedence over the possibility of democratic equality there might be a problem. Would it ever be right to influence political science so that no counter-arguments to the American constitution be strong enough to subvert it? Would this mean even countering the evidence that there be counter-arguments. Good conspiracy theory bad Intelligence. (Note I capitalize Intelligence to indicate the organization or institution rather than the product from such an institution.)

I wonder specifically how the Greens come out on "economic democracy" and how much of the "direct democracy" they may have retreated from.

The illustration(s) of military decision-making and civilian decision-making in "The Buried Age" also make it entertaining. The cosmology and its setting are good too. There are many good points to the book. Hope to finish it in the next couple of days.

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Old January 25 2014, 01:04 PM   #3164
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Currently reading "Caliban", by Roger MacBride Allen. It is an Isaac Asimov Robot novel.
Huh. I thought I'd read all of Asimov's Robot and Federation novels, but somehow I had no idea this existed.
Byron Preiss Visual Publications licensed the rights to do books based on Asimov's Robot cycle back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. There were three six-book series, ROBOT CITY, ROBOTS AND ALIENS, and ROBOTS IN TIME, with novels by Bruce Bethke, Rob Chilson, Arthur Byron Cover, Stephen Leigh, Michael P. Kube-McDowell, Mike McQuay, Jerry Oltion, Cordell Scottsen, Robert Thurston, and William F. Wu. Then there was the "Caliban" trilogy by Roger MacBride Allen, which included CALIBAN, INFERNO, and UTOPIA. (I edited the last three ROBOTS IN TIME books and UTOPIA when I was working for Byron.) All of them were titled with Asimov's name as a possessive (e.g., ISAAC ASIMOV'S ROBOT CITY: CYBORG by William F. Wu, or ISAAC ASIMOV'S UTOPIA by Roger MacBride Allen).
Thanks for clarifying that for me KRAD. I did not intend to give the impression Asimov wrote it himself. Interesting to see one of our authors had a connection to the series as an editor. I was not aware this book was part of a trilogy. Thanks for all the great info
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Old January 25 2014, 04:04 PM   #3165
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Thanks for clarifying that for me KRAD. I did not intend to give the impression Asimov wrote it himself. Interesting to see one of our authors had a connection to the series as an editor. I was not aware this book was part of a trilogy. Thanks for all the great info
No problem. It was amusing to dredge up that project from the back recesses of my brain, since I worked on those books 20 years go.

(Of course, I had help from Wikipedia............)
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