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Past, Present and Future Hardcover – March 1, 1987
This month's Book With Buzz: "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture - perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. See more
From Library Journal
Past, Present, and Future is another of Asimov's ubiquitous essay collections. Unlike his compilations of science essays from the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, it ranges widely, from censorship to Gilbert & Sullivan to space colonies. Two essays see print for the first time, but most first appeared as book introductions or articles. Despite the variety of topics, fans may find this collection a bit repetitious as Asimov reiterates opinions about space-based nuclear and solar power, genetic engineering, and feminism. The majority of the essays are copyrighted 1983-86; however, some seem dated. Two pieces about colonizing the moon written in 1969 postulate the presence of water molecules in lunar rock (which was disproved during Apollo missions), while an essay written before Chernobyl seems overly sanguine about nuclear safety. For public libraries. Laurie Tynan, Huntingdon Cty. Lib., Pa.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Isaac Asimov began his Foundation Series at the age of twenty-one, not realizing that it would one day be considered a cornerstone of science fiction. During his legendary career, Asimov penned over 470 books on subjects ranging from science to Shakespeare to history, though he was most loved for his award-winning science fiction sagas, which include the Robot, Empire, and Foundation series. Named a Grand Master of Science Fiction by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Asimov entertained and educated readers of all ages for close to five decades. He died, at the age of seventy-two, in April 1992.