Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 168)

Released: Oct. 8, 1992

"Nevertheless: tantalizing far-out physics, conveyed with clarity and imagination."
Halpern (Time Journeys, 1990) hits upon another topic compelling enough to overcome his rather deadpan style: the scientific search for black holes, white holes, and wormholes that may transport humans and objects almost instantaneously through space and time. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 5, 1992

"The flowering of American neoconservative religious thought (see also Richard John Neuhaus's Doing Well and Doing Good, below), notorious for its acumen, wit, and cockiness, continues unabated."
Unfocused but frequently brilliant disquisition on Christianity in relation to society. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 2, 1992

"I suspect that immortality may be quite common among extraterrestrials'') and a sense of cosmic awe. (Line art and photographs—not seen.)"
The answer is ``yes,'' says Drake (Astronomy/UC at Santa Cruz), founder of the modern search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), in this likable autobiography told with the assistance of Sobel, former science editor for The New York Times. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A breathtaking ride, with an ideal mix of human interest and technical detail, that burns almost as brightly as Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff."
Rip-roaring history of the Apollo Project, which brought men to the moon in 1969, recounted at full-turbo power by screenwriter Gray (The China Syndrome, 1979; coauthor, The Warning, 1982). Read full book review >
SPACE AGE by William J. Walter
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"An awful lot like a standard space trip: spectacular blastoff, then lots of monotonous information-processing with occasional glimpses of heavenly glory. (Myriad color photos.)"
By-the-numbers history of the space age, a companion volume to an upcoming six-part PBS series. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Speculative nonsense, albeit of the slick, state-of-the-art sort for which there is an indisputably durable demand."
An overstated case for the proposition that our socioeconomic future depends largely upon the emergence of amorphous entities that the authors dub ``virtual corporations.'' By the breathless account of Davidow (Marketing High Technology, 1986) and Malone (Going Public, 1991, etc.), a virtual corporation is a radically restructured, free-form enterprise equipped to deliver immediate consumer gratification in cost- effective fashion. Read full book review >
GENIUS by James Gleick
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Gleick weaves all these threads into a rich portrait of an imperfect, complex, to-his-own-self-and-to-science-be-true figure, loved and admired, yet elusive. (Twenty-four pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
``He is a second Dirac,'' Princeton's Eugene Wigner said, ``only this time human.'' That's only one of the many pithy descriptions that Gleick (Chaos, 1987) quotes in this fine, monumental biography of a monumental figure in 20th-century physics. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Too long and preachy, but, still, crack science-writing for the masses, and the Sagan name will vault it onto the charts."
A BIG book about BIG questions—``Who are we? Read full book review >
PI IN THE SKY by John D. Barrow
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Heady stuff this, caviar for the connoisseur—but not for the innumerate."
The Sussex astronomer (Theories of Everything, 1991, etc.) has done it again—i.e., wrought a brilliant summation of ideas about mathematics that shows a depth of scholarship and an analysis that will leave the reader more than a little shaken. Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF THE MIND by Nicholas Humphrey
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Only then, perhaps, could one argue that Humphrey has developed a new theory of perception—not a touchy-feely one—to explain consciousness."
Actually, not a history of the mind, but a theory of consciousness—and an amazingly parsimonious theory at that. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Eye-opening evidence that science fiction can indeed come true—and not always with happy results."
Remember those giant vegetables in Woody Allen's Sleeper? Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

Neo-Luddite/New Age pop apocalypticism from the author of Magical Child Matures (1985), The Bond of Power (1981), etc. There's precious little here that hasn't cropped up in Pearce's other books, reshuffled but adding up to the same old message: that we make the world that we inhabit (``our world is a construction of knowledge and each act of knowledge brings forth a world''), and that modern living is mucking it up. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >