These are some of the questions discussed by Sylvia Engdahl in this collection of often-controversial essays, many of which are available at her website but which because of their length will be easier to read in ebook form. Her views on the current issues she raises will spark debate among readers, whether or not they are familiar with any of her novels.
While Engdahl is best known for her award-winning Young Adult novel <i>Enchantress from the Stars</i>, she is the author of nine other science fiction novels--four of them for adults and five more enjoyed by both teens and adults--as well as the nonfiction book <i>The Planet-Girded Suns: The Long History of Belief in Exoplanets.</i> Also popular are the space section of her website and her page www.spacequotes.com. But as this collection reveals, space is not the only topic about which she has strong feelings.
The book contains 25 essays, previously-published or new, among them one listing her opinions about various common predictions. In addition it includes two illustrated autobiographical essays and a complete bibliography of her work.
Starship Captain Jesse Sanders hasn't expected to be responsible for the settlement. Peter is the leader, the visionary on whose inspiration they all depend. But Peter has his hands full, not only with maintaining morale but with grueling ordeals of his own. So the job of ensuring the colony's survival falls on Jesse. And in the end, he must stake his life in a desperate attempt to prevent the loss of all they have gained.
This is a sequel to "Stewards of the Flame," but it can be read independently. Unlike Engdahl's other earlier novels, it is not a YA book and is not appropriate for middle-school readers.
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Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.
Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style—thorough, yet riveting—famine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda.
What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century—from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.
With the same insight and clarity that made Sapiens an international hit and a New York Times bestseller, Harari maps out our future.