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Nonfiction Books of SFnal Interest

* Davis, Erik TechGnosis: myth, magic + mysticism in the age of information (Harmony 0-517-70415-3, $25.00, 10+353pp, hc, October 1998) ''Exploring the mystical impulses behind our obsession with information technology''; praise from Howard Rheingold and Bruce Sterling, among others, on the back cover. Features a perforated dust jacket. (Thu 15 Oct 1998)

+ Dawkins, Richard Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder (Houghton Mifflin 0-395-88382-2, $26.00, 14+337pp, hc, December 1998) Dawkins takes on those who feel that explaining the rainbow deprives it of its beauty: science vs. the mystics. More SF writers than you might think should read this book. (Fri 6 Nov 1998)

* Fadiman, Anne Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 0-374-14860-0, $16.00, 11+162pp, hc, 1998) Charming collection of essays about books and living with them. The author is the daughter of Clifton Fadiman. (Fri 23 Oct 1998)

* Gabler, Neal Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality (Knopf 0-679-41752-4, $25.00, 303pp, hc, 1998) Yes, he's seen The Truman Show. (Wed 18 Nov 1998)

* Gould, Stephen Jay Leonardo's Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms: essays on natural history (Harmony 0-609-60141-5, $25.00, 422pp, hc, October 1998) Latest collection of essays by renowned scientist/writer. (Sat 3 Oct 1998)

* Kelly, Kevin New Rules for the New Economy (Viking 0-670-88111-2, $19.95, 179pp, hc, October 1998) Executive editor of Wired and author of Out of Control presents ''10 radical strategies for a connected world''. Likely to be shelved in the business section of your local bookstore. (Wed 11 Nov 1998)

* Nesheim, Eric, & Leif Nesheim Saucer Attack! Pop culture in the golden age of flying saucers (Kitchen Sink Press 1-57544-066-0, $16.95, 121pp, tpb, 1997) Delightful collection of movie posters and SF magazine covers tracing the flying saucer craze through popular culture. (Apparently published last year but just seen today at the opening of Locus Online's local Borders.) (Wed 18 Nov 1998)

* Norman, Donald A. The Invisible Computer (The MIT Press 0-262-14065-9, $25.00, 12+302pp, hc, 1998) ''Why good products can fail, the personal computer is so complex, and information appliances are the solution.'' Norman, the guru of ergonomics before the subject became a fad (read The Design of Everyday Things and you will never think about your shower faucets the same way again) takes on the PC. (Tue 6 Oct 1998)

* Paulos, John Allen Once Upon a Number: the hidden mathematical logic of stories (Basic Books 0-465-05158-8, $23.00, 214pp, hc, 1998) How is a number like a story? The author of Innumeracy discusses the ways mathematical reasoning and storytelling are similar. (Sat 31 Oct 1998)

+ Sokal, Alan D., & Jean Bricmont Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals' Abuse of Science (Picador 0-312-19545-1, $23.00, 14+300pp, hc, December 1998) First US edition (France 1997). This is the book that caused a stir last year (noted in Aether Vibrations) when published in France. Physicists charge that postmodernists don't know what they're talking about. Reviews: NYT review.

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