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Prospect recommends: Richard Powers

By Raymond Tallis  

Forget about doing the other five things and read Richard Powers’s Generosity at least twice. I hadn’t heard of Powers until I was given this novel—the latest in an oeuvre of fictional explorations of scientific themes that includes The Gold Bug Variations, Galatea 2.2 and The Echo Maker—and now I wonder how I managed to remain ignorant of him for so long.

Generosity has many themes: the promise, threats and limitations of science and technology; the interface…

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