Labels: Books. People have been asking me where I go to enter my giveaways--here are a few I try to do every week! There are more but these are the ones I try very hard not to miss!! Some of the links will take you to the site and you will have to find the linky-others have dedicated pages and you will have to find the right dates. But while the books have some problems of this sort, they are very engaging and fun. If you're looking for hard technical sci if, these books might not be what you're looking for. But if you're looking to have an easy fun read, enjoy!
Dec 11, Christopher Kellen rated it really liked it Shelves: indie , techno-thriller , science-fiction. What I didn't expect was to go on a three-book whirlwind ride of nanotech, multiverse-hopping scientifically super-powered madness that was as much fun to read as it must have been to write.
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The prequel starts out simply enough: an American special ops team is going to drop from a sub-orbital height to take out a Chinese AI that's threatening the whole world. From there it takes a left-turn that I had on I picked up the Post-Human Trilogy on a whim; it was on sale for Kindle, and so I grabbed it. From there it takes a left-turn that I had only a vague idea was coming Whether or not the science is entirely plausible I'll leave up to more expert opinions than mine, but I have to say that the author writes with such blase confidence that I never once doubted the integrity of the world he's created in these books.
This is probably the most sheer fun I've had reading a techno-thriller type book since Wired by Doug Richards.
Definitely recommended if you're ready for a crazy ride that will NOT end up anywhere that you expected when you start reading. May 10, David Crisp rated it did not like it.
I bought this due to it's solid reviews and a lifelong interest in futurism and sci-fi, needless to say I was expecting great things. To begin with it seemed a bit pulpy, but "that's ok" I thought. I've read a few books that had a weak start but picked up later, "hell" I thought "it must be good, it's got rave reviews". So I stuck with it, long past the point where I realised it was drivel.
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For a book about humans with high IQs this is one seriously stupid piece of fiction. It's not great sci-fi, it I bought this due to it's solid reviews and a lifelong interest in futurism and sci-fi, needless to say I was expecting great things. It's not great sci-fi, it's not even a good sci-fi It's a bad comicbook, completely empty of any scientific or philosophical weight. If it had some literary heft that could have saved things I like a good graphic novel as much as the next nerd, but with a combination of paper thin characters, implausible and obvious plot contrivances, gratuitous wish fulfilment, clumsy religious allegories and hilariously hammy villains this series manages to disappoint at every turn and on every level.
May 04, Ryan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Any science fiction fan who believes in humanity. A very interesting science fiction series about evolution of humanity and what it means to be human. Read it in chronological order starting with the prequel as it really makes the next two more dramatic. Good thing this combines the story in that way already. I liked how there were a few constant characters throughout, and they are good characters. This series presents futuristic ideas and explains them in a way you could believe if technology continues to evolve.
There are three powerful enemi A very interesting science fiction series about evolution of humanity and what it means to be human. There are three powerful enemies and they each contain a different way of thinking. It's great fun to see our heroes overcome a at first superior enemy using a wide variety of tactics. This book kept me thinking and I enjoyed every second of my time with it.
People I see are mentioning a ghost in the machine moment, but it makes since and is explained like everything else. This Trans-humanism series is a great sci-fi collection. David Simpson creates a future that asks the question of what actually makes us human. If parts of the body are replaced by artificial means and the brain is helped by cyber technology are we still human? What are the consequences of taking technology too far and how much is too much? Construction on islands and reefs in the South China Sea has seen steady progress.
The new institutions of the open economy have been steadily improved. China now leads the world in trade, outbound investment, and foreign exchange reserves. We have taken comprehensive steps to deepen reform swiftly but steadily, and worked with resolve to remove institutional barriers in all areas. We have taken moves across the board, achieved breakthroughs in many areas, and made further progress in reform.
We have pursued reform in a more systematic, holistic, and coordinated way, increasing its coverage and depth. Thanks to the launch of over 1, reform measures, breakthroughs have been made in key areas, and general frameworks for reform have been established in major fields. The system of socialism with Chinese characteristics has been further improved, with notable progress made in modernizing China's system and capacity for governance.
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Throughout society, development is full of vitality and is driven by greater creativity. We have actively developed socialist democracy and advanced law-based governance. We have stepped up institution building across the board to make integrated advances in Party leadership, the running of the country by the people, and law-based governance; and we have continuously improved the institutions and mechanisms by which the Party exercises leadership. Steady progress has been made in enhancing socialist democracy; intraparty democracy has been expanded, and socialist consultative democracy is flourishing.
The patriotic united front has been consolidated and developed, and new approaches have been adopted for work related to ethnic and religious affairs. Further progress has been made in ensuring our legislation is sound, law enforcement is strict, the administration of justice is impartial, and the law is observed by everyone. Our efforts to build a country, government, and society based on the rule of law have been mutually reinforcing; the system of distinctively Chinese socialist rule of law has been steadily improved; and public awareness of the rule of law has risen markedly.
Good progress has been made in piloting the reform of the national supervision system, and effective measures have been taken to reform the system of government administration and the judicial system, and to develop systems to apply checks and oversight over the exercise of power. We have strengthened Party leadership over ideological work and explored new ground in advancing Party related theories. The importance of Marxism as a guiding ideology is better appreciated.
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Socialism with Chinese characteristics and the Chinese Dream have been embraced by our people. Core socialist values and fine traditional Chinese culture are alive in the people's hearts. Initiatives to improve public etiquette and ethical standards have proved successful. Public cultural services have been improved; art and literature are thriving, and cultural programs and industries are going strong.
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Decisive progress has been made in the fight against poverty: more than 60 million people have been lifted out of poverty, and the poverty headcount ratio has dropped from All-round progress has been made in the development of education, with remarkable advances made in the central and western regions and in rural areas.
Employment has registered steady growth, with an average of over 13 million urban jobs created each year. Growth of urban and rural personal incomes has outpaced economic growth, and the middle-income group has been expanding. A social security system covering both urban and rural residents has taken shape; both public health and medical services have improved markedly. Solid progress has been made in building government-subsidized housing projects to ensure basic needs are met.
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Social governance systems have been improved; law and order has been maintained; and national security has been fully enhanced. We have devoted serious energy to ecological conservation. As a result, the entire Party and the whole country have become more purposeful and active in pursuing green development, and there has been a clear shift away from the tendency to neglect ecological and environmental protection. Efforts to develop a system for building an ecological civilization have been accelerated; the system of functional zoning has been steadily improved; and progress has been made in piloting the national park system.
Across-the-board efforts to conserve resources have seen encouraging progress; the intensity of energy and resource consumption has been significantly reduced. Smooth progress has been made in major ecological conservation and restoration projects; and forest coverage has been increased. Ecological and environmental governance has been significantly strengthened, leading to marked improvements in the environment. Taking a driving seat in international cooperation to respond to climate change, China has become an important participant, contributor, and torchbearer in the global endeavor for ecological civilization.
With a view to realizing the Chinese Dream and the dream of building a powerful military, we have developed a strategy for the military under new circumstances, and have made every effort to modernize national defense and the armed forces. We convened the Gutian military political work meeting to revive and pass on the proud traditions and fine conduct of our Party and our armed forces, and have seen a strong improvement in the political ecosystem of the people's forces. Historic breakthroughs have been made in reforming national defense and the armed forces: a new military structure has been established with the Central Military Commission exercising overall leadership, the theater commands responsible for military operations, and the services focusing on developing capabilities.
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The people's armed forces have taken solid strides on the path of building a powerful military with Chinese characteristics. We have fully and faithfully implemented the principle of "one country, two systems," and ensured that the central government exercises its overall jurisdiction over Hong Kong and Macao as mandated by China's Constitution and the basic laws of the two special administrative regions.
We have thus boosted exchanges and cooperation between the mainland and the two regions and maintained prosperity and stability in Hong Kong and Macao. We have upheld the one-China.