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Adam Savage is an American special effects designer and fabricator, actor, educator, and television personality and producer, known as the former co-host of the Discovery Channel television series MythBusters and Unchained Reaction.
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Atlas Obscura
An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
Joshua Foer - 2016-09-20
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This wanderlust-inducing travel guide, praised by the New York Times and Neil Gaiman, is a phenomenon that has sold over 626,000 copies. Now completely revised and updated, the second edition features 120 new entries of the most unusual, curious, bizarre, and mysterious places on earth. The book includes a full-color gatefold Atlas Obscura road trip map and was created by the founders of the vibrant travel community, Filled with photographs, illustrations, maps, charts, and more, this book will inspire wonder and wanderlust in all who read it.
Adam Savage
Atlas Obscura. Go to the site. Buy the book. Seriously great content. My favorite way to travel (this endorsement based only in love) @atlasobscura      source
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A History of Ancient Rome
Mary Beard - 2016-09-06 (first published in 2015)
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Discover the rise and fall of Rome in SPQR, as Mary Beard offers a passionate and detail-oriented narration of the history of the ancient empire. From a humble beginning to becoming the masters of the Mediterranean, Beard challenges the traditional historical viewpoints and sheds light on often overlooked aspects such as class struggles and democratic movements. Spanning nearly a millennium, this highly informative and engaging read will leave your hair standing on end, earning its place as a modern classic - shaping our view of Rome for many years to come.
Adam Savage
SPQR was one of my favorite books of last year.      source
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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
An Inquiry into Values
Robert M Pirsig - 2006-04-25 (first published in 1974)
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Explore the art of living through Robert M. Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Follow the story of a father and his young son on a transformative journey across America's Northwest. This meditative examination of our daily lives offers insightful guidance on improving the way we live.
Adam Savage
Yeah. Game changer. At in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Great book for other reasons too.      source
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Star Wars Art
Ralph McQuarrie
Ralph McQuarrie, Brandon Alinger, Wade Lageose, David Mandel - 2016-09-27
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Star Wars Ralph McQuarrie is a comprehensive tribute to cinema’s most beloved and influential concept artist—presented in this two-hardcover-volume, slipcased gift set....
Adam Savage
This Ralph McQuarrie book is a revelation. It's comprehensive and awe inspiring. I will spend hours poring over it.      source
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Deluxe Edition
Frank Herbert - 2019-10-01 (first published in 1965)
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Explore a unique and captivating world in this bestselling science fiction novel, now available in a deluxe hardcover edition. Set on the harsh desert planet Arrakis, the story follows the young Paul Atreides as he navigates a treacherous political landscape where the only valuable resource is a coveted drug called "spice." As Paul's family is betrayed and destroyed, he embarks on a journey that will lead him to a destiny beyond his wildest dreams. With a stunning blend of adventure, mysticism, and politics, Dune is a triumph of the imagination and a true masterpiece of science fiction.
Adam Savage
If you haven't read it, just go read it. It is amazing!      source
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Snow Crash
Neal Stephenson - 2018-06-01 (first published in 1992)
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Step into the Metaverse, a cyberspace where anything goes. Snow Crash has hit the market - a cyberdrug and computer virus that infects the user behind the avatar. Follow Hiro, a freelance hacker and the Metaverse's top swordfighter, and Y.T., a mouthy teenage girl, as they navigate a reality altered by Snow Crash. With themes spanning linguistics, religion, computer science, politics, philosophy, cryptography, and even pizza delivery, this fast-paced adventure is a glimpse into the not-too-distant future.
Adam Savage
It's a tough call because I prefer other books of Neal Stephenson. But Snow Crash is so important within the history of science fiction.      source
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Death's End
Cixin Liu - 2016-09-20 (first published in 2010)
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In this thought-provoking sci-fi novel, the uneasy peace between Earth and the Trisolarans is threatened by the arrival of a woman from the past with potentially dangerous knowledge. Will humanity continue to thrive or face extinction?
Adam Savage
I felt like I was getting a Chinese version of Chinese culture. And that frame felt unique.      source
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The Dark Forest
Cixin Liu - 2015-08-11 (first published in 2008)
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In this gripping sci-fi novel, Earth is under threat from a future alien invasion, and the only hope is the Wallfacer Project - a secret plan to deceive the enemy. Four men have unlimited power to come up with strategies, but only one of them, a Chinese astronomer and sociologist named Luo Ji, is targeted by the aliens. Written by Cixin Liu, the award-winning author from China, this is the second book in the Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy.
Adam Savage
I felt like I was getting a Chinese version of Chinese culture. And that frame felt unique.      source
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Neal Stephenson - 2015-05-19
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Experience a captivating story that explores humanity's tenacity and determination for survival. When a catastrophic event threatens Earth, nations come together to devise a plan for humanity's survival in outer space. But unanticipated dangers and complications put the mission at risk, leaving only a handful of survivors. Thousands of years later, humanity's descendants embark on a new journey to a transformed Earth. Neal Stephenson's Seveneves is a masterpiece of speculative fiction that combines science, philosophy, technology, psychology, and literature to offer a thrilling and thought-provoking vision of the future.
Adam Savage
A better book than Snow Crash.      source
The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Count Zero by William Gibson
Gun, with Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. le Guin
Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home by Julia Child
Girl in Landscape by Jonathan Lethem
Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson