The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks. The latest Culture novel, set mostly in the neighbouring society of Gzilt, which is on the brink of Subliming, ascending en masse to a kind of hyperspace heaven.
Has plenty of the appealing features of the Culture novels: imaginative settings and some great futuristic battle-scenes.
I did find it a bit hard to get involved with though. Maybe I'm just not in the right mood. But it's hard to care much about the McGuffin here which doesn't seem to have many consequences to its recovery.
Even so, good fun if you like the Culture novels.
Socioeconomics. Is an AAA rating worth the cost of securing it? Alcohol minimum price: is it economically flawed or based on flawed research (PDF)? Greece deal. Restructuring sovereign debt 19502010 Commonwealth could not replace EU for UK trade.
Humanities. Attempting to decipher the Voynich Manuscript. Loebolus: all 245 public domain Loeb Classical Library books in one place. Martha Nussbaum and Nassim Nicholas Taleb on stoicism etc. Stoic Week PDF. The Chris Brown and Jenny Johnson Twitter Beef.
Politics. Interactive EU budget visualization (try GRC and DNK for comparison). The Truce on Drugs, via. "The Wrong Right", weaknesses in UK conservatism, parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. UKIP not libertarian, didn't cost Tories many Parliamentary seats. Pay companies to find unemployed jobs programme fails. The EU as Vetocracy. US: My life on the Republican rightand how I saw it all go wrong, A Primer for Rich Republican Donors.
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