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eBook Recommendations by Robert J. Sawyer

Bio: Robert J. Sawyer, Canadian science-fiction writer (http://www.sfwriter.com), author of the Nebula Award-winning novel THE TERMINAL EXPERIMENT, and the Hugo Award finalists STARPLEX, FRAMESHIFT, FACTORING HUMANITY, and CALCULATING GOD -- as well as as several short stories available through Fictionwise. His latest project is the "Neanderthal Parallax" trilogy, consisting of HOMINIDS, HUMANS, and HYBRIDS.

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1 The Jupiter Theft
by Donald Moffitt
  The Lunar Observatory on earth is picking up a very strange and unidentifiable signal from the direction of Cygnus. When the meaning of this signal is finally understood, it clearly spells disaster for earth. An immense object is rushing towards the Solar System, traveling nearly at the speed of light, its intense nuclear radiation sure to kill all life on earth within months. As it moves close the humans can discern that it is an enormous convoy of some sort, nearly as large as a planet. And th... more info>> 1977

Words: 117881 - Reading Time: 336-471 min.
Category: Science Fiction

For fans of Larry Niven, Arthur C. Clarke, and Hal Clement, Moffitt provides a tour de force of big-ideas SF and fascinating aliens (his Cygnans from this book are featured in the famed BARLOWE'S GUIDE TO EXTRATERRESTRIALS). Although its 1970s roots show, it's still a very enjoyable read from an author who, inexplicably, didn't go on to be a big name. Recommended.

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2 On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society (Revised and Updated)
by Dave Grossman
  The good news is that the vast majority of soldiers is loath to kill in battle. Unfortunately, modern armies, using Pavlovian and operant conditioning, have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. The psychological cost for soldiers, as witnessed by the increase in post-traumatic stress, is devastating. The psychological cost for the rest of us is even more so: contemporary civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army's conditioning techniques and, ... more info>> 1995

Words: 115659 - Reading Time: 330-462 min.
Category: General Nonfiction

An astonishingly eye-opening, and ultimately very uplifting, book. We hear constantly that humans are nothing more than natural-born killers; it's very refreshing, especially in these trying times, to see someone so eloquently make the opposite case. An important and very readable book.

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