Great Mambo Chicken and the Transhuman Condition: Science Slightly Over the Edge

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Westview Press, Aug 28, 1991 - Science - 308 pages
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Enter the gray area between overheated imagination and overheated reality, and meet a network of scientists bent on creating artificial life forms, building time machines, hatching plans for dismantling the sun, enclosing the solar system in a cosmic eggshell, and faxing human minds to the far side of the galaxy. With Ed Regis as your guide, walk the fine line between science fact and fiction on this freewheeling and riotously funny tour through some of the most serious science there is.
 

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User Review  - RandyStafford - LibraryThing

My reactions upon reading this book in 1991. Regis' fast-paced style has enough wit to make this book funny and lend just the right amount of incredulity and sarcasm. Many of the ideas of these ... Read full review

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User Review  - VisibleGhost - LibraryThing

How does a Great Mambo Chicken come about anyway? Well, some scientists were sitting around wandering what was so great about living in one-G conditions all the time. They made a big centrifuge, put ... Read full review

Contents

The Mania
1
Truax
10
Home on Lagrange
44
Heads Will Roil
76
Omnipotence Plenitude Co
109
Postbiological Man
144
The Artificial Life 4H Show
177
Hints for the Better Operation of the Universe
207
Death of the Impossible
238
Laissez k Bon Temps Rouler
266
Epilogue
280
Acknowledgments
290
Selected Sources
291
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About the author (1991)

Ed Regis, a frequent contributor to Omni magazine, is College Scholar at Western Maryland College. He is at work on a new book about extremely advanced science and technology.

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