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21st Century Kids

4.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1886057005
ISBN-10: 1886057001
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Warren Publishing, Inc (March 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886057001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886057005
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,631,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jimmy Adams has written a review of Shannon Vyff's

book entitled "21st Century Kids: An Innovative Adventure" which

is much better than anything that I can write about the book. I

am sharing it here for those interested in the book.


21st Century Kids: An Innovative Adventure reviewed by Jimmy Adams

BEWARE! Your memory of reading this book could be


21st Century Kids is not a fairy-tale for children to

read. This book opens up a completely inventive world

of what life will be analogous to in the future. This

work should be compulsory reading for all

transhumanists, cryonicists and people into life


The author, Shannon Vyff, wrote about what could

possibly occur if suspended for approximately 200

years. Set in the year 2189, the real life

protagonists Avianna, Avryn and with the help of

Avalyse, tell the progress of their story by their

capacity to evolve into the new culture.

Reminiscent of other literary classics in the vein of

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells and A Connecticut

Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain, this book

is a societal exposition. In the form of a

chronological account from the future, Vyff describes

how trans-civilization developed. This is not an ideal

Utopia comparable to the novel by Sir Thomas More.
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Hyperdrives, nano-minting, accelerated brains with direct computer interfaces, conversations with dolphins, indefinite lifespan... It may all sound a little far-fetched, but consider the current acceleration of scientific knowledge. This acceleration inevitably leads to exponential growth in technological progress. Now project this 180 years into the future! Shannon Vyff does exactly that. In her novel '21st Century Kids' she pulls the reader straight into the fascinating world of the year 2188. When we get there, we will encounter highly advanced human beings - upgraded to a version 5.0 of the earlier model, so to speak. Does this sound too strange to you? Think twice. Already today, we live in a time of Web 2.0 and the 3.0 version will follow soon. People's lives are improved by products like pacemakers, artificial limps, and cochlear implants also known as bionic ears. So what happens if this trend continues? Not only continues, accelerates?

Ray Kurzweil in his highly acclaimed book 'The Singularity is Near' defines the technological singularity as a point in the future when technological advances begin to happen so rapidly that normal humans cannot keep pace. In the fifth of his six epochs of the universe's evolution he foresees the merger of human technology with human intelligence. This is what Shannon Vyff's book is all about. So will we all end up as version 5.0 humans? Not necessarily, but there is a way and the book's plot contains all the hints on how it could be achieved.

While Ray Kurzweil established a solid scientific foundation for the expected accelerating changes, the author of '21st Century Kids' brings this scenario to life with two vivid and memorable characters: a girl named Avianna and a boy named Avryn.
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This is a really good story. Though billed as a kids book, it shows real depth of thought about many future technology issues, including artificial intelligence, human augmentation, cryonics, and personal identity. While much has been written about these topics by others, never before have all these ideas been put together in such an engaging and entertaining form.
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To begin with, the title, while not a misnomer, is misleading. It suggests that this is a book for kids, but in fact this is really a book for "the whole family."

Someone, it might have been Kurt Vonnegut, once wrote that it was too bad nobody had put together a manual for people newly born as to what they might expect from life in the future so they could prepare better for it. Well, 21st Centuries kids is a major contribution to that end.

This is a book about children (adolescents actually) but it is definitely not, only a book for adolescents. It is a book that simply, but brilliantly, projects the rapidly emerging scientific technologies of space exploration, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, nanotechnology, cryonics, radical life extension, etc., that make-up the gathering momentum of The Singularity, or that point in this century when humans will have evolved into a new, transhuman, species. This will of course be an event equal in importance to the evolution of Homo-sapiens from Neanderthals, with many more promises, and some perils.

It begins simply enough in 2008. A family is on their way to a church Christmas event when there is a tragic automobile accident. Two children who did not survive the accident but who do survive 200 years in cryonic suspension, Avianna, a precocious and determined 12 year old whom every parent would want as a daughter, and her slightly younger brother, Arvyn (Vyff has an alliteration for the letter A) awaken to a new world of the late 21st century, in which all of the far out scientific and technological projects already unfolding have transformed almost everything.

Like Mark twain's, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court; H G.
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