- 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is about time your kids get a taste of what is to come. With Artificial Intelligence, Nanotechnology, simulated environments, cryonics, and brain enhancement it would be smart... Read morePublished on August 18, 2009 by D. Durrant
Child characters with the perky brilliance of those in Heinlein's books combined with the explosive, adventurous landscapes found in the C.S. Lewis' Perelandra trilogy. Read morePublished on June 5, 2007 by Marc S. Lewis