From science fiction to economics, entrepreneurism to human history, it's a solid batch of choices, with something to keep all minds occupied during a beach break or long flight.

Five thousand years later and their progeny form seven distinct races and they must journey to an alien: Earth.

People figure out that in two years a cataclysmic meteor shower will wipe out all life on Earth, so the world unites on a plan to keep humanity going by launching as many spacecraft as possible into orbit.

Even if the details of Nick s work turn out to be wrong, I suspect his focus on energy will be seen as an important contribution to our understanding of where we come from."

As founder and CEO of Rakuten, one of the world's largest Internet companies, author Hiroshi Mikitani brings an entrepreneur's perspective to bear on the country's economic stagnation.

Today, of course, Japan is intensely interesting to anyone who follows global economics.

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