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Laurie Voss, co-founder of NPM, a startup that provides crucial tools to 11 million developers, has resigned from the company, he announced Thursday. Voss started as the founding CTO of the company, and then became COO.
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The Day the World Ended
Gordon Thomas - 2014-07-01 (first published in 1969)
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Experience the unbelievable tale of the world's most catastrophic natural disaster that claimed thousands of lives. The 1902 volcanic eruption that devoured St Pierre is an extraordinary feat detailed in this gripping account. Prepare to witness a city consumed by fire and thrust into terrorizing darkness.
Laurie Voss
The Day The World Ended is excellent, the first book of history I ever read. It happened to be lying around the house when I was 10 years old, and I picked it up and was enthralled. I wonder if I'd picked up a less well-written book I'd feel differently about history.      source
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Stand on Zanzibar
The Hugo Award-Winning Novel
John Brunner - 1999-08-12 (first published in 1968)
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"Stand on Zanzibar" is a terrifyingly prescient science fiction novel that follows two men whose lives weave together in a world dominated by all-powerful corporations and god-like mega computers. The story is set in a society that is overpopulated to the point of madness, and is transformed by mass-marketed psychedelic drugs, genetic engineering, and a forthcoming takeover of a country in Africa. Written in a style that echoes John Dos Passos' U.S.A. Trilogy, this powerful novel is a must-read for any science fiction enthusiast.
Laurie Voss
@johnlindquist Stand on Zanzibar but only because I think everybody should read that book.      source
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The Penguin History of the World
Sixth Edition
J. M. Roberts - 2004-07-27 (first published in 1976)
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Discover the entire story of human endeavor in one authoritative book, The Penguin History of the World. This sixth edition has been completely overhauled and revised in the light of new research, including a revolution in our understanding of many civilizations in the Ancient World. Explore the grandeur and folly, drama and pain of human history from beginning to end with updated information on the rise of Asia and the increasingly troubled situation in the West.
Laurie Voss
@susanthesquark I have just the book! I had *exactly* the same problem. I read this book: It's literally the whole history of every part of the world, and it gave me enough overview to find bits I wanted to dive into more.      source
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I, Robot
Isaac Asimov - 2004-06-01 (first published in 1950)
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Explore the fascinating world of robotics through a series of interlinked stories in this book. Isaac Asimov's famous Three Laws of Robotics are introduced, governing the behavior of robots as they evolve from primitive beginnings to ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant future. Asimov tells tales of crazy robots, mind-readers, and even robot politicians with a sense of humor. This blend of science fact and fiction is sure to captivate readers who want to delve into the possibilities of a future where robots may outstrip humanity itself.
Laurie Voss
@ThePenguinLemma @MusingsOfDeimos The I, Robot book (actually a short story collection) is amazing if you've not read it. Enough ideas to make a dozen movies.      source
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Small Gods
Terry Pratchett - 2005-08-01 (first published in 1992)
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This Discworld novel delves into the complicated world of religion, where everyone has their own opinion and their own gods. However, what happens when a god appears in the form of a lowly tortoise? Enter the need for an acolyte, and fast. Join this humorous and engaging read as the search for an acolyte takes unexpected turns.
Laurie Voss
@danjnj The very first Discworld book is kind of a "pilot" that isn't really the same as the rest of the books. Try Small Gods, a stand-alone Discworld book that is among his very best and doesn't require any knowledge of previous books.      source