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January 28th, 2009, 12:52
Oh - currently reading Cities in Flight by James Blish, Gollanz is releasing a load of older stuff in a Science Fiction Masterworks series so I'm looking at them, seem to be the only things in bookshops that aren't eddings or some such other interminable and tedious series.

Quite good in a way but a bit dated. I did have a wry chuckle at one bit where he was saying that people had stopped being able to do mental arithmetic at all because since the invention of the slide rule had reached the pinnacle of calculation then human arithmetic was obsolete.

A book set a few thousand years in the future with technology that negates gravity so that entire cities can fly between the stars and they're still using slide rules because he just can't imagine that anyone could ever invent anything better!
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