The book deals with a future where CRISPR like gene editing is an everyday occurrence, and Interpol is looking for illegal life and genetic crime.
There may or may not be spoilers. I don’t care. This is your only warning.
Paul Armstead is a fat, old man with no life. Helping a stranger in a snow storm, he gets a mystery box, which contains a Genie. Helping the Genie, he’s being transformed into a wizard, a being which can affect reality in an acausal way.
For the last 400 years, no new wizards have been created on earth, and the remaining 300 or so wizards and witches are ossified. Being an engineer, Armstead invents new ways to deploy magic and create magic effects, combining science and magic.
Somebody pointed me to We are Legion (We are Bob), but somehow I can find that post any more. Anyway, following that hint, I picked up the book and read it.
Explorations: First Contact is a great concept well executed: This is a writing prompt anthology.
So there is a base story – in this case, humanity sends a probe to the back side of the moon, finds an anomaly which turns out to be a dying alien spaceship that manages to upload the secrets of it’s drive and a partial database of other alien civilisations it once visited into the minds of the astronauts that make the contact.
Turns out, Cawdron is a quite productive author, and active and responsive on Goodreads. Seeing my review there, he pointed me to his other works, and to his mailing list. Through that I found Galactic Exploration and other works by him.
Erin Meyer is a professor at INSEAD, an international business school based in Paris. She’s specialized in cross-cultural communication and facilitation, and in her book explains the dimensions and differences between different cultures in the world, and how they can shape or interfere with exchanges in a multi-cultural environment.
The book introduces eight different cultural scales or spectra, and where the various national cultures position themselves on these scales:
Roth describes the neurobiology as we know it today, and Ryba and he connect it to the various theories of psychotherapy that are relevant today in clinical practice and in coaching, discussing what can and can’t possibly work. For what can work, they establish the limits of change. Also, they try to differentiate clinical psychotherapy from (the psychotherapeutic parts of) coaching in method, foundation and goals.
“Die Krone der Sterne” (The Crown of the Stars) is the first book in a series by Kai Meyer, establishing a setting, the players and the mood.
Contains “Uploads”, a scenario developed collectively in a session of Universalis, which has been also available through the old blog.