So the full title is Village Atheists: How America’s Unbelievers made their way in a a Godly Nation, and while it’s more academic in scope, it’s still so entirely readable.
Anyway, I didn’t hate it, but at the same time, I don’t want to read something like it anytime soon.
What the book describes is the Simulmatics company, which got its life by trying to model the behaviour of electors in the 1960 election for the Democrats. But basically, it wasn’t a very good company, partly due to people and partly down to it basically being too early for its own good.
So what’s it about. At its heart is a Faustian bargain: Addie gives her soul to an old god in exchange for time and freedom. She’s in 18th century France and about to be shipped off to marry the town widower and it’s not what she wants for her life
Jillian is a young girl who has anxiety. She’s trying to keep it all together for a take your kid to work day, because her parents have the coolest job: they go to other planets to collect resources
The stories centre around different criminal and non-criminal elements, all enmeshed in either committing or combatting cybercrime
This story centres around Vân (a scholar and teacher) and Sunless Woods, who is a mind ship and a scholar as well. Or so they both seem to be at the beginning, but then their real identities emerge through the story, as they both try to unravel a mystery.
This was a kickstartered anthology (which I contributed to), which takes the speculative tropes of a man rescuing a woman (and them falling for each other), but in this case they are both women.
The story centres around Amelia, who had to give up on her dreams and university to care for her sick mother. But through it all, she keeps dreaming of going to Mars.
It is very much like Thinking, fast and slow, in that it details the various ways that our brain works against us when it comes to being rational.