I've just finished reading: Superb speculative fiction
Anathem by Neal Stephenson is a superb book, but it takes no prisoners.
It's speculative fiction, rather than more traditional sci-fi, except at the end when there is a stronger space element.
It explores concepts of quantum theory, epistemology and the philosophy of science through a narrative following a young Avout - a monk of a scientific order.
Excellently executed world-building and fascinating characters populate one of the best books I've ever read.
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