Intelligent Designby Denise Little (Editor)
These ten original stories explore one of the most heatedly debated topics today. From a tale that examines whether life on Earth is an out-of-control science project, to one which reveals which species will inherit the planet, to a portrait of a scientist determined to discover the truth about God, the stories in this anthology tackle the big questions in ways
These ten original stories explore one of the most heatedly debated topics today. From a tale that examines whether life on Earth is an out-of-control science project, to one which reveals which species will inherit the planet, to a portrait of a scientist determined to discover the truth about God, the stories in this anthology tackle the big questions in ways that range from startling to satirical-and are always entertaining.
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- 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
Meet the Author
Denise Little worked for Barnes & Noble/B. Dalton Bookseller for many years, first as a bookstore manager, then as their national book buyer for romance, science fiction, and fantasy fiction. She then joined Kensington Publishing, where she edited her own line of romance, Denise Little Presents. She's currently executive editor at Tekno Books.
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I picked this book up oyt of curriosity. I am a theist, I enjoy religious debate, I have studied evolutionary theories and I love anthropology. A book full of stories about the meeting of science and religion? Sounded great. It wasn't. The stories were amateurish, they used plot twists that stopped being clever when I was ten, an the philosophy was junk. The arguments in favor of intelligent design were not intelligent at all, and the debates between characters only worked because both sides were being written by the same person. If they tried these arguments with the average atheist they would be reduced to tears. In short, this book was poorly written, poorly thought out and in the end just lazy. Don't waste your time.
I'm a geek. Whenever I read anthologies, I mark the stories in the table of contents with one- to four-star ratings. When I finished INTELLIGENT DESIGN, I noticed that there were no four-star stories, a few three-star stories, and a preponderance of two-stars. Now, Denise Little is a good editor, and I've enjoyed quite a few of her anthologies from DAW Books, but this one is just...meh. I can't really blame the authors of the individual stores, it's just that the whole Intelligent Design idea is so silly, so contrived and just plain lame, that I don't think anyone could have written a great SF story around that idea. (There's a great story called THE PROPHET OF FLORES, by Ted Kosmatka, that illustrates what could be done with the idea. It's not included in this anthology, but it's well, well worth looking up.) Try Little's other anthologies, and you won't be disappointed. But this one just lays there like so much fish.