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posted by Fnord666 on Sunday October 21 2018, @09:36PM   Printer-friendly
from the documenting-our-tech-tree dept.

Imagine that in the future you can rent time machines just as easily as you can rent a car. Paradoxes are nicely sidestepped, and you even get the handy pamphlet "1001 Fun Ways to kill Hitler". Sounds great, right? Suppose that time machine breaks down. Turns out it's easier to re-invent civilization than it is to fix said machine, and that's what this book purports to do.

This book is chock full of tidbits, like this on buttons. People wore buttons for thousands of years as ornaments. It was only fairly recently someone realized they could hold clothes closed. This is disgraceful and embarrassing. You can do better.

Scalzi's page describes this book much better than I can. Need to know which animals to domesticate? Covered. Foods to cultivate? Covered. Crop rotation? Compass? Non-sucky numbers? Forge? Birth Control? Logic? Chemistry? Steel? check, check, check, check, ...., check.

This is not a textbook, there is no math, and minimal theory on why things work. It's focused on why and how, not "how does it work?".

I got my copy from the library and, after an hour or two, ordered my own copy from Amazon. I'm sure my fellow Soylenters will also love this book.


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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by Snotnose on Sunday October 21 2018, @10:04PM (1 child)

    by Snotnose (1623) on Sunday October 21 2018, @10:04PM (#751784)

    Scalzi didn't write the book, he just let the author talk about it. There's nothing SJW'ish about the book, it's just a ton of fun to read.

    And if you don't read Scalzi because of his personal opinions you're missing out on some great work. The Collapsing Empire is one of the best books I've ever read.

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  • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Sunday October 21 2018, @10:07PM

    by The Mighty Buzzard (18) Subscriber Badge <themightybuzzard@proton.me> on Sunday October 21 2018, @10:07PM (#751787) Homepage Journal

    Scalzi didn't write the book, he just let the author talk about it.

    Cool, I may check it out then.

    It's not his opinions, it's how he treats his fellow human beings. He is a piece of shit.

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