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Intelligent Design (Daw Science Fiction) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2009
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- Publisher : DAW (September 1, 2009)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0756405688
- ISBN-13 : 978-0756405687
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.95 x 7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,831,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I was not disappointed. The stories here revolve around a central theme--did we evolve or were we created? Is Life an accident or part of an overarching plan?
There are 11 stories in this collection, and for me a couple were indeed duds. They were MORE than made up for by the *good* stories, however, with the clear winner to this man being the final story in the book, "Project: Creation".
If you like stories dealing with Life and the Meaning Of, this is the book for you.
Steven in Colorado
Daw Science Fiction, 2009
Intelligent design (ID) has been on and off in the public arena for a few years now. The main idea behind the concept of ID is ostensibly that many of the complexities of biology could not have been due to the classical (and quite tested and described) natural selection paradigm.
In reality though, intelligent design is quite frequently used to push the religious agendas of many; this has been extensively documented elsewhere. ID is not science, as stated by scientific consensus as well as by legal proceedings. I do not think that ID is correct, for many reasons, some from the mind (as a trained biological scientist) and some from the heart (as a father).
Nonetheless, I did like and had fun reading this compilation of science fiction stories that had ID as their unifying theme. This being a grouping of several stories written by different authors, some stories are bound to be better than others. Also, some stories will appeal differently to different people. I did like most of them.
Truth be told and ironically, true to the concept of ID, it seemed to me that about six out the ten stories did not have virtually anything to do with ID but rather they explored philosophical and theological themes in which the character just happened to be a scientist or mathematician. Also, a particular story made me cringe with a phrase that said something like “…evolution is nothing but random selection.” If you are a science enthusiast, this phrase should have made you cringe too. I do not expect the fictional science in a **science fiction** story to be exact, but I expect correctness from any aspect of actual science in a SF story…
Pretty entertaining little book nonetheless.
Note: This review was originally posted in my personal blog: baldscientist.wordpress.com
It suffers from the usual anthology problem that you're pretty much bound to find some stories less riveting than others. Some of the stories seemed too similar in topic or approach to me, and some were too dialogue-driven for my taste. But the standouts were truly standout, and this book is well worth reading!
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