A few books on the go this week.
Firstly, I picked up Richard Bauckham’s Bible and Mission : Christian Witness in a Postmodern World the other day in a sale pile for $5. A collection of four reworked essays delivered to various audiences in Britain and Ethiopia, including material relating to the place of globalisation and fundamentalism in the world.
Secondly, “Understanding Artificial Intelligence” which is a collection of essays put out by Scientific American. A fairly easy read with some of the familiar names (e.g. Minsky, Brooks, Moravec etc.) popping up. (I think there’s an eBook version out too, though my trusty paperback works better on the train.)
And finally, Guy Gavriel Kay’s “The Lions of Al-Rassan“. An alternative history, or at least a novel set in a world not to dissimilar to our own, based around the tensions in a land like Moorish Spain.