Book Briefs

2016-07-27 06:00

Author: Kim Stanley Robinson

THIS is the stunning new novel from science-fiction maestro, Kim Stanley Robinson. The Aurora is a town-sized spaceship heading towards a nearby star system with the purpose of setting up a human colony and turning mankind into an interstellar species. With the aid of an advanced computer program, Devi is tasked with maintaining the centuries-old ship, seeing to the needs of the people, and nurturing a new generation to take over when she’s done.

Will the Aurora continue to function until it reaches its destination? What secret is the on-board computer hiding? How welcoming will the star system be for humans on their arrival? Most importantly, will Devi be able to keep the inhabitants of Aurora from turning on themselves before they finally get there?

Air Babylon – A Mile-High Journey through the Best-Kept Secrets of the Airline Industry

Authors: Imogen Edwards-Jones and Anonymous

Think you can boss around the friendly air stewardesses once you purchase your ticket? Think again! Flight attendants have very creative ways of making your life a misery, so you’d best be patient if that check-in queue is keeping you from spending blissfully in the duty-free lounge.

In Air Babylon, Imogen Edwards-Jones recreates a day in the life of an airline veteran as he works his way through various escapades in the industry, both on the ground and in the air (all based on actual incidents). Learn why passengers sometimes think they’re getting chicken when they’re not, why getting upgraded to business class is easier than you think, and why food trays should be used for nothing, but serving food. - Omar Sayed.

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