Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 162)

Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"For the rest, the book succeeds in capturing the flavor of fuzziness but not enough to convince us it's time to throw the binary baby out with the bathwater. (Author tour)"
Flights of fuzzy fancy, and fantasy, from an expert in the field (Fuzzy Thinking, 1993)—but hardly a guide for the perplexed. Read full book review >
ENTERING SPACE by Robert Zubrin
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"An irrepressibly optimistic view—more persuasive than one might expect—of the future of space travel and colonization, both within the solar system and beyond."
The author believes it is humanity's destiny to inhabit other planets in our solar system and beyond. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Thought-provoking, and an overall useful exercise."
Are the sciences that might explain the human mind—neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry'still in their infancy? Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"If you're going to own just one general science book, you'd do well to make it this one."
Gribbin, assisted by his occasional co-author Mary, tops himself with this one-volume summary of the current state of scientific knowledge. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 27, 1999

"A series of meandering discussions of great scientists that is two parts Charlie Rose to one part Bill Maher. (12 photos, not seen)"
A mixed bag of essays on 12 great scientists, derived from a series of radio shows hosted by the author. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 25, 1999

"Essential Clarke; highly recommended."
A science fiction giant (3001: The Final Odyssey, 1997, and many others), Clarke has always been equally at home in nonfiction. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 23, 1999

"Covers the gamut of current scientific research on the possibility of life elsewhere in our solar system and beyond. (17 illustrations)"
A sweeping look at the many possible places we can search for signs of extraterrestrial life, from distant galaxies to our own back door. Read full book review >
Released: June 23, 1999

"I believe the world is a better place.' (Author tour)"
The founder of a major Internet-based enterprise offers a chronology and insider's narrative of Netscape, from its inception through a wildly successful public stock offering. Read full book review >
BODY by Sharon Sloan Fiffer
Released: June 8, 1999

"Overall a winsome compendium, suitable for bedside or seaside, where body parts can be contemplated in their (relative) nakedness."
Let us now celebrate body parts, in this collection of generally fine essays from talented writers. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1999

"A thought-provoking treatment of the grandest of subjects, highly recommended to anyone interested in the world beyond tomorrow."
Eternity is a daunting concept, but modern cosmologists are not afraid to face it. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1999

"Burke is in a league alone when it comes to freewheeling intellectual curiosity and mapping nature's strange designs."
Back playing his theme music——the process by which new ideas emerge is serendipitous and interactive"—is the hugely entertaining Burke (The Pinball Effect, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1999

"A disappointing effort that, for all its detail, says very little."
Technological and economic progress meet social decay in this ambitious book that promises more than it delivers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >