In Past, Present, and Future, Asimov has culled the best of his essays (some of which appear here for the first time) to form a fascinating journey through the world of astronomy, nuclear power, medicine, physics, history, music, film, politics, and other popular subjects. Our preeminent popularizer of science, Asimov takes on many of today’s most discussed issues here – Star Wars, the Chernobyl disaster, genetic engineering, the creationsim/evolution debate – with a flair, verve, and mastery that have won him innumerable readers. But he also includes many essays written in a personal vein, giving us disarmingly humorous accounts of his triple-bypass surgery and his “Hollywood Non-Career.” An entertaining look at Asimov’s committment to living in New York City (which he calls “Paradise”) is afforded in “I Love New York.” On a grand tour of the years ahead, in chapters like “Living on the Moon,” “2084,” “Should We Fear the Computer?” and “The New Learning,” we are shown a future that is thrilling, fearsome, and, as the author insists, our present responsibility.
Destined to take its place on the shelves of every Asimov fan, Past, Present, and Future is at once rational, argumentative, informal, and charming.
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Published by Prometheus Books Mar 01, 1987| 374 Pages| 6 x 9| ISBN 9780879753931