This is a difficult book to review because of the nature of the story. It all unfolds rather like the layers of an onion, as more details come to light.
Nnedi Okorafor’s latest work, Binti, manages to bring freshness and originality to what is basically a coming-of-age story. The heroine is Binti, a young Himba woman (a tribal group in a future Africa who specialize in mathematics and its use in technology – and who never leave home) who is accepted into Oomza University, the most advanced and rigorous university in the galaxy.
It’s not often in the world of books and movies that they intersect in a pleasing manner. I’m pleased to say that the film adaptation of The Martian flies in the face of that paradigm, instead bringing us a picture (albeit abridged) of the struggles and triumphs of Mark Watney on Mars.
Seveneves is a must-read. The characters are believable, the many plot lines are expertly woven together, and the result is a delightful page-turner that will satisfy fans of both “hard” and “soft” science fiction.
This tome covers its topics in glorious verbal and visual detail, using both the latest digital imaging technology, and including amazing computer-generated cutaways and photorealistic images.
Like the Galileoscope, this is a kit that you put together yourself. It comes with a great instruction sheet which is printed on glossy paper. Along with the do-it-yourself guide is the note that “you will need to take your SkyViewer or Galileoscope apart . . .”
This IYA2009 Cornerstone Project, designed to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first astronomical observations through a telescope, has gotten so far behind that the event has passed, as have January’s Launch of the International Astronomy Year (IYA) at UNESCO in Paris, and the anniversary of Johannes Kepler’s publication of the Astronomia nova.