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Galileo's Children: Tales of Science Vs. Superstition Hardcover – August 9, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
I found the first stories to be unnecessarily didactic, but the quality of the stories seemed to pick up midway through the book.
The stories include:
The Stars Below by Ursula K. Le Guin - an odd science fantasy where a persecuted scientist builds a "telescope" for mining.The story went on too long for no particular pay-off.
The Will of God by Keith Roberts - another wish-fulfilment story where one medieval man recreates all the technological innovations invented between 1650 and 1950 all by himself. Again, it was too long with no particular pay-off.
The Way of Cross and Dragon by George R.R. Martin - An inquisitor of a future Catholic Church confronts a heresy on an alien planet and the inventor of the heresy cheerfully admits it is all nonsense. Nice writing; weak conclusion.
The Pope of the Chimps by Robert Silverberg - Chimps are taught a language and develop religion. Interesting and well-done.
The World is a Sphere by Edgar Pangborn - Long after the collapse of our civilization, the Mispans in Nawlins are having a a political crisis and the Deliberator of the Ninth Ward finds an artifact that suggests that the world is round. Nice world-building that reminded me of classic science fiction, and made me want to read more, but the ending is weak.
Written in the Blood by Chris Lawson - Scientist learns how to transcribe language into DNA and uses the technology to write the Koran into the white blood cells of pious Muslims. A well-written but weak story.Read more ›
Galileo's Children : The Stars Below - Ursula K. Le Guin
Galileo's Children : The Will of God - Keith Roberts
Galileo's Children : The Way of Cross and Dragon - George R.R. Martin
Galileo's Children : The Pope of the Chimps - Robert Silverberg
Galileo's Children : The World Is a Sphere - Edgar Pangborn
Galileo's Children : Written in Blood - Chris Lawson
Galileo's Children : Falling Star - Brendan DuBois
Galileo's Children : Three Hearings On the Existence of Snakes In Human Bloodstream - James Alan Gardner
Galileo's Children : The Star - Arthur C. Clarke
Galileo's Children : The Last Homsxual - Paul Park
Galileo's Children : The Man Who Walked Home - James TiptreeJr
Galileo's Children : When the Old Gods Die - Mike Resnick
Galileo's Children : Oracle - Greg Egan
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Judas Star Knights.
3.5 out of 5
Talking ape theology just as mistakenly murderous as the human variety.
4 out of 5
Post-apocalyptic global idea recovery retribution.
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Religious DNA transcription is a killer vulnerability.
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After a serious virus destroys computer chips, years later an old astronaut has to deal with the peasants in his town.
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Bloodwork shows religious interbreeding problematic.
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