Re: Read any good books lately?

Bryan Moss (bryan.moss@dial.pipex.com)
Tue, 17 Aug 1999 21:19:45 +0100

I am a machine, an extropian automaton, that feeds on knowledge. Bring your books to me and I will devour them!

Anders Sandberg wrote:

> [...] Most people are suggesting novels, so I would suggest Vinge's _A
> Deepness in the Sky_ and Neal Stephenson's _Cryptonomicon_.

I've managed to find _Cryptonomicon_ at a UK on-line bookstore and ordered it today. For some reason Amazon UK have got it set for release in November, the same day it goes paperback.

Interestingly Amazon UK (www.amazon.co.uk) also carry the following:

> UNTITLED NOVEL 1
> NEAL STEPHENSON Our Price: 12.99
>
> Paperback - 926 pages ( 7 September, 2000)
> Heinemann; ISBN: 0434008931

I take it this is the sequel to Cryptonomicon. For some reason Amazon UK list all the unpublished books. (This can be a useful resource, although I now know of books I want that aren't released for another year or two).

> As for facts, I would suggest Gazzaniga's *huge* _The Cognitive
> Neurosciences_ if you are so inclined after reading Austin

Further reading in the neurosciences is certain...

I notice that MIT Press have _The New Cognitive Neurosciences_ forthcoming in November:

http://mitpress.mit.edu/book-home.tcl?isbn=0262071959

Unfortunately both are out of my current price range (which, in reality, is zero, but I think I can get away with a few purchases).

Since I'm feeling off-topic, and I don't want to compose a new message, I recently had the following thought...

"I don't give a damn about the sick, people are dying here!"

This, I think, should be the rallying cry for immortalists. Along with...

"Age related illnesses have a 100% mortality rate."

Thanks to all those who made suggestions,

BM