Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 163)

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 >
Released: June 1, 1999

"A fascinating and insightful account of the two co-inventors of the world's first computer, written in a succinct style that will capture and sustain the interest of even the least technically sophisticated reader. (10 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A fluid history of the achievements and the controversies surrounding the design and building of the world's first digital computer. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1999

"These three self-proclaimed believers have actually debunked every paranormal abduction phenomenon with a well-reasoned terrestrial explanation. (Radio satellite tour)"
A well-written anti-abduction perspective on alien encounters that systematically examines and refutes each argument used by abduction proponents. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1999

"A good introduction to the history of a science on the cutting edge."
One of the newest scientific specialties has as its subject the oldest living things: the unbelievably ancient fossils of the Pre-Cambrian period. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >