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    Does he have a Raspberry Pi?

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Non-fiction books about science or tech - space exploration, discovery of stuff, evolution of computing, that sort of stuff
    How about stuff like this?

    Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed the Course of History: Amazon.co.uk: Giles Milton: Books

    White Rajah: Amazon.co.uk: Nigel Barley: Books

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cochrane-Dau.../dp/0747585458
    Last edited by Flatpackhamster; 29th November 2012 at 01:43 PM. Reason: Extra book!

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    Will look at those later -filtered here
    He has two Raspberry Pis - why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    He has two Raspberry Pis - why?
    I found the Raspberry Pi user guide to actually be quite interesting: Raspberry Pi User Guide: Amazon.co.uk: Eben Upton, Gareth Halfacree: Books

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    Something a little unusual : Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth.

    And I'd presume he's read Banks Culture novels, but The Hydrogen Sonata is recent (Oct)
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    Do you know what sort of SciFi he likes?

    I enjoy reading Hard SciFi and I'd recommend these which I have read lately (not all hard scifi though)

    Tomorrow and Tomorrow
    Macroscope
    Cold as Ice
    Between the strokes of night
    Gateway
    Tau Zero

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flatpackhamster View Post
    Has he read Alastair Reynolds' books?
    I'd agree with this, especially Pushing Ice.

    Another neal Stephenson book, I'm just finishing, with a bit of a computer theme is REAMDE that I've enjoyed.

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    He has the user guide to the raspberry pi, thanks
    He doesnt like knight rider particularly
    He has read the Alastair Reynolds

    Just looked up hard sci-fi - never heard it described as this but yes, that is definitely the sort of stuff he likes. Will look at the books you suggest.

    He has read all Poul Anderson and Frederick Pohl so yes, you may be on the right lines
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    Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy is probably too old, but it's not amazingly well known considering how good it is. It is one of the few series that I've read more than once and will read again (and probably again). His 2312 published in May might be worth a punt, if he likes that and hasn't read Mars Trilogy, he might then hunt it down.

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    I should add David Brin's "Existence" (again 2012). Hard SF. It's on my bedside book pile so I can't personally vouch for it yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Just looked up hard sci-fi - never heard it described as this but yes, that is definitely the sort of stuff he likes. Will look at the books you suggest.
    Sounds like he may like similar stuff to me then... I will try digging out others I've read when I get home later - a lot are fairly obscure (but sadly quite old too).

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    Thanks guys - anything old he is likely to have either read or discarded. He has definitely read the Kim Stanley Robinson trilogy but I will have a look at the new one thanks
    The David Brin sounds interesting


    *edit - the KSR book looks good but it is only in hardback - we need paperbacks as we have run out of room for anything else.
    So any book is likely to be new-ish rather than brand new
    I will keep an eye out for the paperback version of 2312 - I think I want to read that one too!
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    Is it only SF he likes, or does he like fantasy as well? Possibly the best books I've ever read are George R. R. Martins - 'A Song of Fire and Ice' (known as 'Game of Thrones' on the telly box). Truely Epic!

    For Hard SF I've yet to read anything better than Ben Bova's Mars and Mars Returns.

    Then there's the classics he's almost certainly already read... Dune series, Greg Bears 'Eon' series, Arthur C Clarks 'Odyssey' series.

    If you can track a copy down Pier Anthony did a kids book called 'A Race of Time' which I thought was particularly good.

    In the Sci-Fi/Fantasy vain, another good read (or at least first trilogy was) is Stephen Donaldsons 'The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever' series.

    The Thrawn trilogy extends the Star Wars universe better than I'm expecting Disney to. I'm also partial to the odd William Shatner Star Trek tie in .

    I tried Steven King's gunslinger series but after about three books I found that they were getting longer and more drawn out with each edition. I think I made to 5/7 and gave up!
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    Currently reading Peter F Hamilton's "Great North Road" - a big read! Before that I enjoyed Iain M. Banks "Hydrogen Sonata".

    The Gap series by, Stephen R. Donaldson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    *edit - the KSR book looks good but it is only in hardback - we need paperbacks as we have run out of room for anything else.
    Paperback? Running out of room? Why no Kindle? I swore I'd never use one (love the feel of paper and seeing how far through a physical book you are) but I have to admit, I've read a number of books inc. all 6 Game of Throne tombs on the iPad Kindle, I really do like the whole portability thing!

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