A wonderful, wonderful book. I only wish I could read it earlier. This is likely one of the very best books I ever read. The “Harry Potter And The Methods Of Rationality” is very loosely based around the original characters and environments set by J.K.Rowling but really is a completely different book. And, at that, a much better book it is. Of course, this book would be hardly suitable or understood in full by the children before they at least have a solid understanding of logic and a little of various sciences. For adults, this is a feast. I will not go into any detail of the plot and characters, they are all amazing and the book is full of surprises. It’s best if you discover it yourselves. I will simply highly recommend you do discover it indeed.
The book is available here: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5782108. Go read it if you did not yet, you will not be disappointed.
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Just got around to reading another book from one of my favorite authors, Robert Heinlein. The story is called “Friday” and is set in a future version of Earth plus just a tiny bit of space travel and colonies on other planets. The usual for Heinlein quick-running plot about a specialist courier with a fair amount of fighting, lounging and love provides an intense level of reading pleasure.
Once I started reading, I could not stop. I read through the book in two evenings, same as it happened when I read “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” and all I have to say is “Bravo!” The story contains a mind-boggling amount of information, concepts, and insights, each packed into a paragraph or two. This is really rather an outline of a huge amount of thought, something of a summary of important ideas, each of which could serve as a basis for a whole new book. Every page has several statements that I could quote on various occasions if I could only remember that much verbatim.
I found many ideas that resonate with me in this story and I will place this book right at the top of my personal favorites list.… --> continue reading →