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Author: Pamela Sargent
Publisher: Vintage, 1976

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Book Type: Anthology
Genre: Science-Fiction
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Suppose we could:

--genetically alter our bodies so that we could settle alien environments

--use cryonics (the freezing of tissues and organs) to preserve seriously ill people until a cure is found to treat them, or freeze people now alive so that they could be revived in a future when immortality is a reality

--reproduce ourselves by using artificial wombs, test-tube fertilization, or cloning

--plant electronics in human brains so that we could control behavior seen as undesirable

All these possibilities may become actualities in the near future. Will we use these technological advances to transcend our biological destinies, or will we refuse to meddle with nature and reject them altogether? In this collection, Kate Wilhelm, R. A. Lafferty, Leonard Tushnet, Thomas M. Disch, Ursula K. Le Guin, Poul Anderson, James Gunn, Thomas N. Scortia, Frederik Pohl, and James Blish imaginatively consider what our biological future selves will be like.

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