How All Systems Red by Martha Wells dispelled my fear of sentient machines

Many Science fiction books and movies feature sentient robots or Artificial Intelligence that has evolved to gain consciousness. These stories often end up in a man versus machine theme. The robots may crave power and think they are superior to the fragile humans and decide to kill them off. Or they may enslave humans in a matrix to use us as a source of their power supply. They may even decide to end some humans for the sake of preserving humanity as a whole.

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Book Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This story is set in, as you may have guessed, a circus. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves. As the title suggests, it opens only at night and arrives without warning. Within its black-and-white striped tents is a magical and utterly unique experience. The descriptions of the setting was the main focus of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style.

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Book Review: On Immunity – Eula Biss

This book is a collection of essays from the author’s perspective as a doctor’s daughter and a mother. It informs the reader about immunity, viruses, history of some diseases, clinical trials and vaccination. It also explains the concept of herd immunity and the process involved in finding a vaccine for a disease. All these are very relevant to the current crisis of coronavirus. Continue reading

Thoughts on “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery is a French children’s book. This classic is suitable for readers of all ages. I’d particularly urge adults to read it. The story is narrated by a pilot who crashes his plane in the Sahara desert and encounters the titular little prince. The little prince tells the narrator thought-provoking stories about his planet and his travels.
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Very Good Lives: A Review

Summary:

In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, Very Good Lives offers J.K. Rowling’s words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life, asking the profound and provocative questions: How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others? Continue reading

Book Review: Most and More by Mahatria Ra

Reading this book brought a smile to my face because many thoughts here are similar to what my father believes. In fact, many people I know from my parent’s generation would tell you similar things. However, they may be blunt about it (and maybe come off as a bit preachy). Mahatria Ra weaves his idealogy into stories and makes it interesting. The language is also written in a simple manner, so it gave me a comforting feeling like listening to a moral embedded story from an elder relative. Continue reading