UNCOMMON GROUNDS: The History of Coffee and How it Transformed Our World
by Thomas M. Disch. The Dreams Our Stuff is Made Of (How Science Fiction Conquered the World
This is a very good book for the serious SciFi fan. Once you get past the author's obnoxious liberal whining (he's pissed that politically conservative writers like Robert Heinlein and Jerry Pournelle have had a much greater effect on shaping the world than politically correct liberal bed wetting authors like himself), Mr. Disch actually makes some rather on target observations on the writers, the fans, and the effect of both.
by Thomas J. Glover. Pocket Ref
This is one cool book! It fits in a shirt pocket and covers more useful stuff than you can shake a good sized stick at!
Things covered include:
Densities of Gases
Strength of Wood Beams
Resistor Color Codes
Squares, Cubes & Roots
Conversion table to die for...
by Marshall T.
Project: Colonizing the Galaxy in Eight Easy Steps
by Margaret Cheny. This is a top notch biography
of one of the world's great inventors. Probably more important to modern life than Thomas Edison.
Tesla: Man Out of Time Nikola Tesla was responsible for or invented:
Alternating electrical current
Radio (he holds the patent, not Marconi)
The Bladeless Turbine
by Janet Horowitz Murray
Hamlet on the Holodeck
by Clifford A. Pickover
Surfing Through Hyperspace
by Eric Drexler
Engines of Creation
by Ben Bova
Immortality : How Science Is Extending Your Life Span and Changing the World
by Martin Davis
The Universal Computer: The Road from Leibniz to Turing
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