At the library I’ve put out the gardening books, which means it’s officially springtime! …at least, in central Alabama. I’m still not certain we’re past the threat of a sudden frost, but I am looking forward to my annual spring planting, of vegetables that do OK and of flowers that fail completely. (Every year I plant flowers and get green sprouts, but no actual flowers. Sure, I could buy flowers and plant them, but the joy is watching them grow and..er, flower, not just admiring them after they’ve done it already.)
Recently I requested a science book on NetGalleys and was promptly sent…a third of it. The third comes from Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies that’ll Improve or Ruin Everything, a bit of futurism/science fusion. The authors are the creators of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, and their artwork is part of the text. The part accessible via NetGalley only covered the falling costs of space travel, the feasibility of space elevators, and the potential if any in mining asteroids. Although the text itself was a nice mix of information and amusing commentary, I wasn’t particularly interested in this section of the book. I wanted to read about 3D printing and advances in medicine, and I got cannons that shot things into space. It was perfectly entertaining, to the degree that I was interested in such things. Perhaps one day the full book will be cheap enough for my miserly self to buy it. Until then I have The Inevitable and Tomorrowland, one of which should address those subjects.