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10 Geekiest Beach Reads Of 2015

Fiction, non-fiction, youth fiction, and even self-help. Here are 10 new books every geek should bring to the beach this summer.
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The Long Utopia
Authors: Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
We lost Pratchett to Alzheimer's disease this year. His 40-year career brought us enough classics to fill all our summers. This year, Pratchett and Baxter give us something fun for the summer: an artificial intelligence that is aging and trying to cope with the loss of its mind. One can't help but see a parallel between the AI and Pratchett's condition. This is the fourth book in a series that started with The Long Earth). Throughout the series, AI and humans are friends and live beside a new race of humans called the Next. The three 'species' must work together to save the world (actually, many worlds).
(Image: Harper via Amazon)

The Long Utopia

Authors: Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

We lost Pratchett to Alzheimer's disease this year. His 40-year career brought us enough classics to fill all our summers. This year, Pratchett and Baxter give us something fun for the summer: an artificial intelligence that is aging and trying to cope with the loss of its mind. One can't help but see a parallel between the AI and Pratchett's condition. This is the fourth book in a series that started with The Long Earth). Throughout the series, AI and humans are friends and live beside a new race of humans called the Next. The three "species" must work together to save the world (actually, many worlds).

(Image: Harper via Amazon)

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6/16/2015 | 1:53:11 PM
Re: "Penguins Can't Fly"
I was first drawn to the entertaining cover art, but I'd like to read that one too. Mondays aren't really that bad!
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6/15/2015 | 6:07:15 PM
Re: Martian too
@progman2000- I don't know if that's a compliment or not. I'm going to pretend it is. :)
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6/12/2015 | 1:48:29 PM
Re: 10 Geekiest Beach Reads Of 2015
@TerryB- Yeah, he was talking about how the rash of people afraid to fly after 9/11 caused more traffic deaths. But I agree with you that over certain distances, driving is cheaper and more comfortable. Though every time I drive from SF to LA I swear it will be the last time and then I do it again. :)
David Wagner
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6/12/2015 | 12:19:36 PM
Re: 10 Geekiest Beach Reads Of 2015
@zerox203- There are some amazing reasons to read comics this summer beyond what you listed. Marvel is rebooting its universe, too. So some great stuff there. I haven't read comics in a while and the good movies have me considering starting again.

As for my summer list, yes, i intend to read them all. The problem is that I read so much for my job, i have not been reading many long form books lately. But I've notice i'm really missing longer form ideas so i intend to "hit the books" this summer to try to make up for it. Everything I read these days is in 500-5000 word chunks and I feel like i miss out on bigger context and ideas sometimes.
David Wagner
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6/12/2015 | 12:14:36 PM
Re: Martian too
@Whoopty- Thanks. To be honest, the fact that there was a movie of the Martian totally missed my radar. I would have totally added it had I realized. Thanks!
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6/12/2015 | 12:13:13 PM
Re: Martian too
@ariella- Oh my god. That might be the saddet thing I've ever seen. :)
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6/12/2015 | 8:26:07 AM
Re: Martian too
After I left that comment I saw this great comment that envisions the robot's thoughts on Mars.

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6/12/2015 | 8:18:31 AM
Re: Martian too
I guess I'm not geeky enought for The Martian. I checked it out from the library a few months ago but gave up abuot a quarter of the way through. I finish most books I start. That one failed to hold my interest as the narrator got so very detailed about working through the nitty gritty of  his plan for surviving.
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