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Skinbrain: Secrets of the Rolling Head Tormented by the Ocean that Chases its Moon Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 5368 KB
  • Print Length: 474 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: August Press (June 10, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 10, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055FDRIC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #823,655 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, columnist, magazine writer, futurist, and award-winning podcaster.

A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot Magazine, HumanityPlus Magazine, Grim Couture Magazine and Port Iris Magazine; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine.

Stephen has spoken to over 150 audiences at 30 conventions. He has lectured, participated on discussion panels (often moderating the panels because of his experience conducting interviews), and assisted in teaching workshops about how to write with greater clarity and power.

Since 2005 he has produced nearly 400 episodes of his weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions, and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today.

Stephen is also an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation.

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A creative story that includes concepts ranging from future and theoretical physics to god's of the universe manipulating the progress of sentient species. For those with an interest in physics this will be a particularly entertaining read. I have an interest in all things science and loved it. The alien species are well described and appropriately alien. The human characters range from inherently good to despicable.

There is some really heavy and detailed theoretical physics included in this book that the author separates with a disclaimer which may be skipped without affecting the story. I skipped these sections and really appreciate the author being conscientious to the more casual reader. Those with a more than passing interest in physics will no doubt find these sections fascinating. The story is easy to follow, well paced and nicely layered.

Intelligent, imaginative and creative science fiction. Well done.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Garner on June 3, 2012
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I've been a fan of Stephen Euin Cobb's work every since I read "Bones Burnt Black" back in 2004. Fantastic book! You should read it if you haven't yet.

Let me tell you, Skinbrain was not at ALL what I thought it would be and was, as to be expected with Stephen's work, well steeped in hard science, that was very understandable. My favorite part was that he had a strong female lead who didn't need a man to define her OR to rescue her.

In short, READ THIS BOOK!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 14, 2011
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I enjoyed this book completely. The details of the alien's throughout of the story line was impressive. I recommend this to anyone interested in the hard sci-fi! As a side comment, I really enjoyed the spree alien speices (think oompa loompa but in space). I also listened to bones burnt black, Stephen's audiobook, twice. Keep up the good work!.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph S. on June 27, 2011
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With outstanding attention to detail, Mr. Cobb puts you right in the middle of the action from the beginning. If your looking to escape into the future for a few hours, and enjoy a great Scifi read, this book is for you.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. C. Trapp on July 13, 2012
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I am a big fan of Stephen Cobb's "The Future and You" podcast and also greatly enjoyed his free audiobook "Bones Burnt Black." So I thought I'd throw a little moulah his way with "Skinbrain." I'm currently about halfway through it and am loving it. The storyline is very engaging and the characters are well fleshed-out. The cosmologist in me is even enjoying the captured bug-alien's discourses on the deep physics of the universe.

I would like to give this book 5 stars, but can't. The reason is that it is suffering from poor editing. While the novel seems to have been run through a spell-checker, I have found numerous instances of grammatical mistakes. Examples include transposed words, and numerous instances of putting in apostrophes where they don't belong (e.g. it's instead of its or researcher's [possessive] instead of researchers [plural]). For a grammar-Nazi like me these are annoying distractions that break my flow of thought.

Aside from the grammar issues though this is a fine book, well worth the $3 I paid for it, and I am looking forward to finishing reading it.
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