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The Official Rock Paper Scissors Strategy Guide

Rock Paper Scissors (RPS), the ultimate decision-making tool, is played the world over. By the late twentieth century, however, the sport's illustrious governing body, the World Rock Paper Scissors Society, had fallen on hard times. It was then that brothers Douglas and Graham Walker boldly took up the challenge to restore the World RPS Society to its former glory, and now they bring you the ultimate strategy guide to this time-honored game.
The Official Rock Paper Scissors Strategy Guide covers the whole RPS scene from the school yard to the pro level, including RPS culture...
Recommended by Ben Brode, and 1 others.

Ben Brode@ItsMeMollyO @IksarHS This book is actually very interesting. Lots of hidden strategy in RPS: (Source)

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Blindsight (Firefall, #1)

Two months since the stars fell.
Two months since sixty-five thousand alien objects clenched around Earth like a luminous fist, screaming to the heavens as the atmosphere burned them to ash. Two months since that moment of brief, bright surveillance by agents unknown.
Two months of silence while a world holds its breath.
Now some half-derelict space probe hears a whisper from the edge of the solar system: a faint signal sweeping the cosmos like a lighthouse beam. Whatever's out there isn't talking to us. It's talking to some distant star, perhaps. Or perhaps to something...
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Ben BrodePeople on Twitter care a lot about books, apparently! I just finished Blindsight by Peter Watts - was totally insane. If you love super dense hard sci fi, there’s a lot of crazy concepts to chew on. Also, space vampires. (This should not be your first sci fi book!!) (Source)

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The Dark Forest

With the scope of Dune and the rousing action of Independence Day this near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multple-award-winning phenemonenon from Cixin Liu Chinas most beloved science fiction author In DarkForest Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasionin just four centuries time The aliens human collaborators may have been defeated but the presence of the sophons the subatomic particles that allow Trisolaris instant access to all human information means that Earths defense plans are totally exposed to the enemy Only... more

Adam SavageI felt like I was getting a Chinese version of Chinese culture. And that frame felt unique. (Source)

Ben Brode@noahmp @devonzuegel I thought book 2 and of the series that starts with “the three body problem” fulfilled this condition and was awesome (Source)

The Centre for the Study of Existential RiskIt makes the point that humanity is fairly weak, and that if we’re ever faced by a really big threat, we most likely won’t survive it. (Source)

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Dustin MoskovitzThe lessons it teaches have transformed the way I engage with difficult situations and thus reduced the suffering I experience in big and small ways. (Source)

Ben BrodeMy pleasure! I’m so happy to hear you liked it - I LOVE recommending that book! (Source)

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