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Future City: Edited by Roger Elwood

Future City

The cover on this science fiction collection is gorgeous, big sky, futuristic architecture and stylistic typeface. The actual content of the book, rather than the dreamy utopian vision, fits with a lot of the ideas on how cities will develop in science fiction books of this period. The short stories are very dystopian, and many of them thought provoking, whether a measurement of the city itself or more the human response to overpopulation, pollution, natural disaster or machinery. It’s worth getting this book for these stories alone, definitely a read which makes you think about where we are going;

Meanwhile, We Eliminate, Andrew J. Offutt

The World as Will and Wallpaper, R. A. Lafferty

Death of a City, Frank Herbert

Getting Across, Robert Silverberg

Revolution, Robin Schaeffer

 

 

Electronic Music: Allen Strange

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This book is a comprehensive guide to electronic music, covering methods & techniques. Most importantly it is accessible, I don’t have an extensive knowledge of the theory around sound synthesis or electronic engineering, so it’s been a useful book for me to learn from and I go back to it all the time. Aside from that, the cover image is pretty psychedelic, contrasted with the stark text box and type it works wonderfully.