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[Powderworks] NMOC What's on your bookshelves?

Andy Gillcrist andrewg@nwlink.com
Fri, 23 May 2003 22:28:59 -0700

Well, I don't know about literary pillars, but here's what I've got
stacked on and around my bedside table right now, in no particular

The Naked God (part 2:  Faith) -- Peter F. Hamilton
   (the sixth and last in the Reality Dysfunction series)
The Year's Best Science Fiction -- edited by Gardner Dozois
Lunar Men -- Jenny Uglow
The Inflationary Universe -- Alan Guth
Turn Right at Orion -- Mitchell Begelman
Nucleus -- A. Mackintosh
Blueback -- Tim Winton
Capricornia -- Xavier Herbert (haven't started it yet)
The Guitar Handbook -- Ralph Denyer
Heart of Darkness -- Joseph Conrad

Plus many, many issues of various magazines, including
Sport Aviation, AOPA Pilot, Scientific American, Sky & Telescope,
Model Railroader, Stereophile, and European Car.  See, we get
these high-school kids coming round the neighborhood selling
magazine subscriptions as fund-raisers, and... well, I just can't
say no.  :)

Some other books I've read recently:

The Reality Dysfunction series -- Peter F. Hamilton
Eon -- Greg Bear
The Short Victorious War -- David Weber
QED - Richard Feynman
Dreams of a Final Theory -- Steven Weinberg
The First Three Minutes -- Steven Weinberg
Fate is the Hunter -- Ernest K. Gann
The Sportplane Builder -- Tony Bingelis
Firewall Forward -- Tony Bingelis
Stick and Rudder -- Wolfgang Langewiesche
Sports Car and Competiion Driving -- Paul Frère

With my kids:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban -- J.K. Rowling
The Chronicles of Narnia -- C.S. Lewis
Various Hardy Boys mysteries
Lots of Dr. Seuss

A few classics that inspired me:

Pretty much everything by Arthur C. Clarke
I, Robot -- Isaac Asimov
Foundation -- Isaac Asimov
Illusions -- Richard Bach
Lord of the Rings -- J.R.R. Tolkien
  (gotta have this one or I'll be ostracized :)

Okay, that's enough for now.