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Terminal Visit Paperback – October 23, 2011
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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I enjoyed this story quite a lot. It's short (I guess many novellas are?) but sweet, and sad. It was engrossing. I was there with them. Obviously written by someone who's interested in how stuff works yet unwilling to let that interest hijack the tale. It's got a subtle speculative tech twist, and he does a good job of incorporating it into the story as if it's something that everyone is already aware of and living with, reader included.
Final note: I've tried a few other independently published Kindle books, and this is far and away the best edited. Maybe two typos or word substitutions? That's impressive. Such attention to detail prevents the little errors from yanking you out of your immersion.
The imagery that Wiley puts to paper is amazing and beautiful, sad in some places.