Now Reading: Virtual Organisms: The Startling World of Artificial Life by Mark Ward
Just Finished:Quasar, Quasar Burning Bright by Isaac Asimov
I’ve read many of Asimov’s books in the past (the Robot stories, the Bailey/Olivaw stories, and the Foundation series) and found them fairly good, so I was curious as to how his nonfiction would read. Someone once told me they couldn’t stand Asimov as he was “unbelievably dry,” and I can certainly see this side of him emerge in these scientific essays. However, it must be noted that they were written in another time, perhaps a time in which it was expected that scientific essays should be written in a particular tone and be liberally sprinkled with polysyllabic Latinate words for greater verisimilitude. Certainly, were such essays to be written today (and by someone else), they would be written in a hip, conversational tone, with lots of pop culture references and fart jokes, and sadly, there’d likely be a careful sidestepping of any remotely religious issues.
It was a pleasant enough read, but not what I’d consider revolutionary.