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In Conversation with Margaret Atwood

This week I was lucky enough to see Margaret Atwood in Conversation at the Brighton Dome, the same weekly she

The Wall by John Lanchester
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Review: Is The Wall by John Lanchester a modern 1984?

“It’s cold on the wall. That’s the first thing everybody tells you, and the first thing you notice when you’re

Adam Buxton Podcast
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Podcast: Adam Buxton with Professor Shoshana Zuboff on Facebook and Data Abuse

I’m a sucker for podcast book recommendations, and you can get no higher authority in this field than the brilliant

Book Reviews Science Fiction Ted Chiang

Review: Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

The two collections, published seventeen years apart, both demonstrate Chiang’s ability to subtly weave very human stories using the mechanics of traditional science-fiction tropes. Yes, there are aliens and teleportation devices, time machines and androids, and artificial intelligence but these are just tools used to tell something of the human experience.

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
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Review: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

“You think that festering shithead can be renewed?” I said. “Burn it all down!”

“Why would you want to harm so many people?” she asked gently. “It’s my country. It’s where I grew up. It’s being ruined by the leaders. I want it to be better.”