How to Save the World

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There's no question mark in this book's title. The stories gathered under it won't politely request permission to play with your head. They're not asking you, they're telling you! In the gutsy tradition of the best science fiction speculation, they'll confront your assumptions and force you to discard the thoughtless certainties of everyday life. In thirteen stimulating tales, some of SF's brightest thinkers entertainingly challenge you to stretch your mind around the answers ...
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Overview

There's no question mark in this book's title. The stories gathered under it won't politely request permission to play with your head. They're not asking you, they're telling you! In the gutsy tradition of the best science fiction speculation, they'll confront your assumptions and force you to discard the thoughtless certainties of everyday life. In thirteen stimulating tales, some of SF's brightest thinkers entertainingly challenge you to stretch your mind around the answers that might shape your future.

Outrageous times call for outrageous measures. From the terraforming of Titan to viruses that alter wrongdoers' DNA, from legalized electronic dueling to contraceptives that select for sex, here is a fistful of provocative, engaging and above all entertaining tales of Big Science brought to bear on the woes of the world.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sometimes light in tone but always serious in subject, these 13 SF stories present modest proposals for ending racism, reducing hostility, restoring the environment, benefiting from space travel and otherwise improving the world-or, at least, preserving it. Overwhelmingly, the stories are not simple wish-fulfillment, although ``Higher Education,'' by Jerry Pournelle and editor Sheffield (Cold As Ice ), risks that. Many of the tales show well-laid plans going astray, as in Brenda Clough's ``The Product of the Extremes'' and Geoffrey Landis's ``The Meeting of the Secret World Masters,'' two of the best entries here. Others highlight the temptation of solutions that may be worse than the problem, as in Mary Turzillo's ``The Guatemala Cure,'' in which an abused woman seeks vengeance against all men. When plans succeed, sometimes it is by trickery-as in James P. Hogan's ``Zap Thy Neighbor'' or Arlan Andrews's ``Souls on Ice''-but technology can prove beneficial as well, as shown in Nick Pollotta's ``Raw Terra'' and Doug Beason's ``Defense Conversion.'' While outstanding prose surfaces only in the Kathe Koja and Barry Malzberg collaboration (``Buyer's Remorse''), this collection, while perhaps not up to saving the world, should at least save its readers from a few perhaps otherwise empty hours. (Sept.)
Library Journal
This collection of 13 cautionary tales by genre luminaries including James P. Hogan, Barry N. Malzberg, and Lawrence Watt-Evans offers a plethora of good advice on a timely topic: the state of the planet.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312867843
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 12/15/1998
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Sheffield (1935-2002) was a mathematician and theoretical physicist by training. His doctoral work was on Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity. Dr. Sheffield worked as chief scientist for the Earth Satellite Corporation, a Washington, D.C.–based firm that specializes in the analysis of data gathered from space.

The author of thirty previous science fiction novels, including Cold as Ice and The Ganymede Club from Tor, Sheffield lived in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife, author Nancy Kress.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 11
Zap Thy Neighbor 15
Choice 38
The Meetings of the Secret World Masters 56
The Invasion of Space 109
The South Los Angeles Broadcasting System 138
Buyer's Remorse 143
Souls on Ice 161
Raw Terra 181
The Product of the Extremes 203
My Soul to Keep 211
Defense Conversion 238
The Guatemala Cure 258
Higher Education 275
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