Great Mambo Chicken and the Transhuman Condition: Science Slightly Over the Edge

Edward Regis, Jr., Author
Edward Regis, Jr., Author Addison Wesley Publishing Company $18.9 (308p) ISBN 978-0-201-09258-5
Reviewed on: 08/29/1990
Release date: 09/01/1990
Author of the delightful Who Got Einstein's Office? , Regis here presents a hilarious but nevertheless sympathetic look at practitioners of ``fin-de-siecle hubristic mania.'' These are the scientific visionaries who are plotting ``post-biological man,'' scheming to build giant space colony/stations to orbit around the Earth, use microscopic robots (nanotechnology) to resurrect humans frozen in liquid nitrogen, raise chickens in higher gravity fields and project human minds via energy beams to distant galaxies. Readers learn about artificial life, bioinfomatic bumblebees, human minds instilled in ``bush robots'' and how to enclose the Sun within a man-made sphere. In the future everything will be possible and humans will be able to redesign themselves and the universe to meet higher technical standards than mere nature has achieved. This is a wonderful romp on the cutting edge of science. (Oct.)
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