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08-04-14 : Alastair Reynolds 'Blue Remembered Earth'

Diffident Utopia

The intimate and the infinite are closer than we might imagine. A single man, a single family, a single impulse can ripple to edge of our understanding and beyond. Geoffrey Akinya lives in a world we have some small hope of achieving. One hundred fiftyish years from now, we've managed to create a diffident utopia. War has been banished, humans live on the moon, on Mars and are pushing the boundaries of the solar system. Geoffrey feels perfectly fulfilled spending his time living in Africa, studying elephants.

His family, an intellectual powerhouse made insanely wealthy by the discoveries of his reclusive grandmother, Eunice, are not so happy with him, but they tolerate Geoffrey and his sister Sunday, an artist.

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NEW!! 07-08-14: Time to Read Ep 170: Roz Chast 'Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?'
08-08-14: A 2014 Interview with Alastair Reynolds

"...the first book was going to contain about a hundred years of implicit future history..." —Alastair Reynolds

In order to have a hope in hell of getting this post up before I have to leave the hotel, I'm going to keep it short. I'm a lucky guy. I traveled to Wales and had the chance to k=hke in the hills with Alastair Reynolds, then sit down to talk with him about his three latest books; first up was 'Blue Remembered Earth.'

Update: Link to audio for part 2 and part 3.

07-11-14: A 2014 Interview with Roz Chast

"...I had no idea of how it worked because we had never talked about it." —Roz Chast

I hope my readers and listeners have taken the time to give a listen to the Time to Read episode with Roz Chast about her new book, 'Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?' It's about twice as long as most and I hope readers hear a level of emotion that is unusual. It's indicative of the book and the thoughts it makes you think.

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