paravatar wrote:Just finished with "The Quiet War" by McAuley; liked it very much, hard SF with speculative biology. Continuing with the sequel "The gardens of the Sun".
In parallel Mort (Pratchett), Visual Explanations (Tufte), Dune, A World without End and some more.
Re-reading Ringworld, and QED
And the stuff for work…
I am currently flicking through both The Quiet War and Gardens of the Sun for the science, ecology and Outer-society bits, which I absolutely love... and not being able to help skipping the rest because I both don't enjoy politics-scheming-and-intrigue plots and I rather dislike the characters, who as far as I can tell all seem to be neurotic jerks with interesting skills and professions, with the exception of Macy who seems to have "This is the one you're supposed to like" tattooed on her forehead. I'd probably enjoy it a lot more if there was even a single viewpoint character who was a native Outer, even though I understand the reasons why there wasn't.
Particularly like Sri Hong Owen's "Probability space of biology" comments, I'd like to do that. With architecture, as well.
Meanwhile, just this morning I finished Galileo's Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson, wonderful book, even though stopping-and-starting means that I've taken slightly more than a full year to finish it. I bought it a week after it came out, and that now means nothing. Apart from the above I'm not entirely sure what else I'm readioactive, probably something, though.