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Ender's Game

I read 2 books in the series, here are some of my favorite quotes: Ender’s Game I really like this genre of sci-fi where a genius kid is somehow entangled in an adult situation. The high-strategy moments are plainly stated from first principles, and the innocence of the protagonist enables critical reasoning while avoiding any too-close-to-home polarizing issues. He could see Bonzo’s anger growing hot. Hot anger was bad....

July 19, 2020 · gazzini
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The Three Body Problem

I read all 3 books in this series, which is technically called Remembrance of Earth’s Past, but everyone just calls it by the name of the first book, The Three Body Problem. Here are my favorite quotes: The Three Body Problem This is possibly the best sci-fi book I’ve ever read. It starts by tapping into a general feeling that scientific progress has stalled recently, which I think lots of engineers appreciate… and then it launches into an incredibly imaginative plot that mixes fundamental science, world politics, and deep (if not slightly ridiculous) characters....

May 30, 2020 · gazzini
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This was a fun sci-fi book – very heavy on the technical details of space-travel, genetic modification, and human behavior. Here are some of my favorite quotes: It is only a certain type of mind that scorns what is known by all and treats secrets as jewels. But I have to warn you that this is the word–‘politics’–that nerds use whenever they feel impatient about the human realities of an organization....

May 11, 2020 · gazzini
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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman

An auto-biography of Richard Feynman, available on Amazon. This was a great book, and the format of chronologically-ordered short-stories is very reader-friendly & digestible. I’d recommend it to any person who is at risk of taking themselves too seriously (thanks Barron Caster for lending it to me). Things to Imitate Dick (Richard) was naturally curious, worked very hard, but didn’t take himself too seriously. He would often find himself in unusual situations, and he would always do small pranks to make things interesting....

May 21, 2019 · gazzini