Search Results: "Dorion Sagan"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 14, 2016

"A thoughtful examination of the role of aging and death in supporting life."
An advancement of the challenging theory that, along with growth and puberty, aging also unfolds "on a schedule programmed into the regulatory portion of our DNA." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"The rest can be described as flights of fact, fancy, and fantasy with no clear distinction."
The mother-son team that brought you Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Microbial Evolution (1986—not reviewed) now tackle the age-old theme of the origin of sex. Read full book review >

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WHAT IS LIFE? by Lynn Margulis
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 1995

"Visually very attractive, this book will probably find a place on many coffee tables; but it would be surprising if any but the most dedicated readers persevered through the entire text. (15 charts)"
The authors of Mystery Dance: The Evolution of Human Sexuality (1991) return to the fundamental biological questions, this time taking on the slipperiest of all issues. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2002

"An exhilarating exposition of provocative if extreme ideas."
Never one to shrink from controversy, biologist Margulis (Geosciences/Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst) and son Dorion (Biospheres, 1990) proclaim with predictable bombast that "symbiogenesis," the inheritance of acquired genomes, is the prime mover of evolution, by far outranking the role of adaptive mutations in creating new species. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVERFREE by Nick Sagan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 18, 2006

"A powerful plea for sensible human cooperation delivered via a knockout story."
Sagan's mind-blowing post-apocalyptic trilogy comes to a satisfying, terrifying conclusion. Read full book review >

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A FLEETING SORROW by Françoise Sagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"No advancement of ideas, barely sketched characters that are uniformly egotistical, and a one-idea plot: a novel less fleeting than immediately forgettable."
A slim, shallow, uncompelling day in the life of a rogue who's told that he has six months to live, by the prolific French author (A Reluctant Hero, 1987, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 11, 1997

"This book captures his spirit at its best."
The final book by the late science populist (The Demon-Haunted World, 1996, etc.) shows him in his role as one of the finest exponents of science for the general public. Read full book review >

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EDENBORN by Nick Sagan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Fit to bursting with flights of speculation that could fuel the careers of many lesser writers. Sagan's second may not be quite as awe-inspiring as his first—but that's hardly a criticism of this rich fantasia, peopled by painfully real characters."
After the end of the world, people haven't really changed—things still go wrong. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Nevertheless, Sagan will once again dazzle readers with his brilliance and breadth of vision. (Photos and illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
This logical successor to Cosmos (1980) offers the characteristic Sagan blueprint for humankind's long-term vitality. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 1991

"Sagan knows his ancient history and compellingly elucidates Athenian self-destructive paranoia, but his argument loses force with tentative speculations on the future, only tangential references to modern democracy, and overreliance on Freudian theory."
A fractured psychoanalytical history of democracy focusing mostly on the ancient Athenian city-state, from sociologist Sagan (Freud, Women, and Morality, 1988, etc. Sagan believes that Athenian democracy and our modern American republic share fundamental moral and psychological dilemmas that derive from the ``paranoid position'': a desire to control others and a fear of loss of self. Read full book review >

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IDLEWILD by Nick Sagan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 11, 2003

"Sagan may have more imagination than he knows what to do with—a wonderful thing in a new author."
Multiple layers of virtual reality unfold like onion skins in this future-shocker. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Sagan has produced a valuable document on the side of scientific civilization and enlightened progress."
Alarmed by the rise of superstition and pseudoscience, a leading science writer rallies the forces of reason and scientific literacy. Read full book review >