CHANGE! by Isaac Asimov

CHANGE!

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Some Asimov ephemera: 71 cozy, unexceptionable speculations, reprinted from American Way (the in-flight magazine of American Airlines), all brief and correspondingly shallow--though some are linked in series for slightly more effect. Asimov starts with earthbound phenomena: the computer (and its multifarious roles), underground abodes, sea monsters, genetic engineering, robots, alternative energy sources, telepathy and thought-control, mining the sea, etc. Then, moving into space, he scans the potential uses--in terms of knowledge and raw materials--or just-about-everything from meteors, the moons of Jupiter, and black holes to space-borne diseases (the Hoyle-Wickramasinghe theory is demolished with a few well-chosen words), orbiting telescopes, and O'Neill's space colonies. It's all more restrained and reasonable in tone than some recent Asimov offerings; and though none of the news will be new to science buffs, novices will find it undemanding and variously eye-opening.
Pub Date: Oct. 14th, 1981
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1981




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