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Outrageous times call for outrageous measures. From the terraforming of Titan to viruses that alter wrongdoers' DNA, from legalized electronic dueling to contraceptives that select for sex, here is a fistful of provocative, engaging, and above all entertaining tales of Big Science brought to bear on the woes of the world.Writes Charles Sheffield, "Some of the stories in th ...more
Paperback, 349 pages
Published December 15th 1998 by Tor Books (first published September 1st 1995)
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David
Jul 19, 2011 David rated it liked it
This is a thoughtful anthology, although like all anthologies the quality of the individual stories varies significantly. I found "Zap thy Neighbor" and "Choice" to be the most striking stories. I was disappointed by Niven's contribution - it seemed to meander overmuch. The premise of the anthology is that these are various SF approaches to making the world a better place - not all of the stories stick to this, but Zap and Choice certainly do, and their presence makes this a fun, high quality SF ...more
Jason
Jul 15, 2009 Jason rated it it was ok
We have no friendly advisor looking over our shoulder. We will have to make do with the next best thing: humans who are close observers of the actions of our species, but who are not directly involved in trying to run the affairs of humanity.

This of course is exactly what writers are and have been through recorded history.... Even among writers, I argue that the writers of science fiction form a special sub-group. They tend to be interested in global problems, in the impact of science and techno
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Darren
Jul 12, 2013 Darren rated it it was ok
I'm not a huge fan of post-1970s science fiction, unless it's space opera or published by Baen, but I thought I would give this anthology a try when I found it in my local library. It was ok - not great.

Rating by story:
Zap Thy Neighbor - James P. Hogan - this one was clever, with a good twist. 4 stars
Choice - Lawrence Watt-Evans - terrifying look at what "choice" in reproduction really means in a patriarchal culture. 5 stars
The Meetings of the Secret World Masters - fun look at scientific ethics
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Charles A. Sheffield (June 25, 1935 – November 2, 2002), was an English-born mathematician, physicist and science fiction author. He had been a President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and of the American Astronomical Society.

His novel The Web Between the Worlds, featuring the construction of a space elevator, was published almost simultaneously with Arthur C. Clarke's novel
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