Sometimes a book has such a wonderful title that you assume the text could not be any good: but The Great Mambo Chicken is in fact a wonderfully rollicking masterpiece of scientific reportage about some of the wilder ideas being seriously considered by scientists "slightly over the edge" Regis describes the life and ideas of rocket scientists who would like everyone to have their own way into space, cryogenecists who hope to freeze people for revival in the future, nanotechnologists who want to build molecular robots to fix everything, and space colonists who want to build new worlds from the spare parts of the solar system -- and beyond. The most remarkable thing about the stories: Regis reveals that these seemingly disparate communities are all interwoven in unexpected ways. Even Evel Knievel makes a surprise visit in the chapter on personal rocket ships. Very Highly Recommended, and likely to become an Amazon.com Books customer favorite. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Author of the delightful Who Got Einstein's Office? , Regis here presents a hilarious but nevertheless sympathetic look at practitioners of "fin-de-siecle hubristic mania." These are the scientific visionaries who are plotting "post-biological man," scheming to build giant space colony/stations to orbit around the Earth, use microscopic robots (nanotechnology) to resurrect humans frozen in liquid nitrogen, raise chickens in higher gravity fields and project human minds via energy beams to distant galaxies. Readers learn about artificial life, bioinfomatic bumblebees, human minds instilled in "bush robots" and how to enclose the Sun within a man-made sphere. In the future everything will be possible and humans will be able to redesign themselves and the universe to meet higher technical standards than mere nature has achieved. This is a wonderful romp on the cutting edge of science.
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I got my book sooner then expected. This was to replace a copy I lost years ago during a move. Just as interesting as the first time I read it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Juneko
LOVE LOVE LOVE This book! Anyone interested in not only the history, but the fast coming future of the nanotech, transhuman, or myriad of other artificial intelligence subjects. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amy
Ed Regis is one of the funniest science writers around and in this book he gives a very entertaining account of leading thinkers and amateurs who are cheerfully pushing the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by A. Jogalekar
Though it's written over two decades ago, it presents proposals and scientifically-achievable fantasies that will blow your mind. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Boris Yakubchik
Great Mambo Chicken & The Transhuman Condition: Science Slightly over the Edge (1990) is rich is hubris and forward-looking science and technology. Read morePublished on October 6, 2012 by Martina A. Nicolls
This book made quite a stir among people I know in the cryonics and early transhumanist subcultures when the hardcover came out in 1990. Read morePublished on January 14, 2012 by M. A. Plus
This book is inadvertantly funny. I laughed when I shouldn't, and didn't when I was supposed to. Worth reading so as to fully just understand how crazy those crazy people are that... Read morePublished on November 9, 2009 by Jason A. Gagnon
Which is why this book is so mind bogglingly fantastic. It's true, it's real, it is science non-fiction in it's most glorious form. Read morePublished on August 2, 2009 by J. Laydbak