- Paperback: 334 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 4, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1453653864
- ISBN-13: 978-1453653869
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,964,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sputnik's Child Paperback – November 4, 2011
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About the Author
Fred Ledley is an accomplished physician, scientist, entrepreneur, and member of the baby boom generation. He has written extensively on topics ranging from biology and medicine to philosophy, ethics, education, and the sense of wonder. In his first novel, Sputnik’s Child, he provides a human perspective on the ideas that influenced his generation and the faith that will inform the future.
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The strengths of the book lie in its overview of how technological change has shaped our lives. The characters are types adhering to different approaches to the dilemmas of modern life: the humanitarian lawyers, the drug-addled musician, the doctor who is a man of faith, the technological optimist. Read this book as part overview of recent history, part debate over the role of technology, and part novel. You'll walk away with plenty to think about.
This is my first "historical fiction" based largely in an era that I grew up in, was influenced by and still to this day blog about. One of my entries was titled: "Sputnik's Children" and I serendipitously searched the term on Amazon's site. I immediately purchased the book.
The turbulent 60s were preceded by the precedent event now immortalized as "the Sputnik moment" and Jackie Cone's date of "birth": October 4, 1957. For the US, it was a panic for sure, but a unification behind the ideal of preparing for the future that affected not just science, but fiction - science optimism and dystopian - and gave us cell phones, flat screens, the Internet, the Human Genome Project and automatic doors in grocery stores. No "warp drive" as yet: [...]
Jackie, Steve, Katie, Stevie and Stephanie: their verisimilitude is palatable, I was absorbed into their lives, Katie's optimism that science could solve all problems and make life on earth a "heaven" - for her a faith and dogma she could tangibly believe in.
She and her husband Steve were created by the author Dr. Fred Ledley as complete "polar opposites": science enthusiast/medical doctor; agnostic and devout Catholic; public relations/public prayer. Their lives were not perfect, and the book does not have thankfully the "happily ever after" feel. It ends, yet it doesn't. Anyone reading this will find themselves pulling for the best for oldest child Katie, suffering in the story from the real-life autoimmune ITP disease. It is a shame we can't all learn to work as polar opposites, agree where we can and agree to disagree on other points to move forward as a country. A highly recommended, enjoyable and entertaining read whose proceeds go to benefit the nonprofit Space Foundation: [...]
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