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Intelligent Design (Daw Science Fiction)

Intelligent Design (Daw Science Fiction) [Kindle Edition]

Denise Little

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These ten original stories explore one of the most heatedly debated topics today. From a tale that examines whether life on Earth is an out-of-control science project, to one which reveals which species will inherit the planet, to a portrait of a scientist determined to discover the truth about God, the stories in this anthology tackle the big questions in ways that range from startling to satirical?and are always entertaining.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 379 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0756405688
  • Publisher: DAW (1 Sep 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002N83H2K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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4.0 out of 5 stars An exploration of intelligent design---in story 5 Nov 2009
By H. Grove (errantdreams) - Published on
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Intelligent Design, an anthology edited by Denise Little, tackles from a science fiction viewpoint the "complex mix of religion and science--intelligent design--a school of thought that believes that evolution occurred, but under God's own eye and with His input." (From Denise Little's introduction.) This leads to a fascinating array of 11 stories that approach the topic from weird angles. What if humanity is an experiment, and it's deemed a failure? How might the humble rat turn out to be all the proof we need that intelligent design is true? If humanity does fail as a species, what might follow it, and how might it end? What if creation is an academic science project?

It suffers from the usual anthology problem that you're pretty much bound to find some stories less riveting than others. Some of the stories seemed too similar in topic or approach to me, and some were too dialogue-driven for my taste. But the standouts were truly standout, and this book is well worth reading!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty entertaining little boo 27 May 2014
By O. R. Pagan - Published on
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Book Review: Intelligent Design. Edited by Denise Little
Daw Science Fiction, 2009

Intelligent design (ID) has been on and off in the public arena for a few years now. The main idea behind the concept of ID is ostensibly that many of the complexities of biology could not have been due to the classical (and quite tested and described) natural selection paradigm.

In reality though, intelligent design is quite frequently used to push the religious agendas of many; this has been extensively documented elsewhere. ID is not science, as stated by scientific consensus as well as by legal proceedings. I do not think that ID is correct, for many reasons, some from the mind (as a trained biological scientist) and some from the heart (as a father).

Nonetheless, I did like and had fun reading this compilation of science fiction stories that had ID as their unifying theme. This being a grouping of several stories written by different authors, some stories are bound to be better than others. Also, some stories will appeal differently to different people. I did like most of them.

Truth be told and ironically, true to the concept of ID, it seemed to me that about six out the ten stories did not have virtually anything to do with ID but rather they explored philosophical and theological themes in which the character just happened to be a scientist or mathematician. Also, a particular story made me cringe with a phrase that said something like “…evolution is nothing but random selection.” If you are a science enthusiast, this phrase should have made you cringe too. I do not expect the fictional science in a **science fiction** story to be exact, but I expect correctness from any aspect of actual science in a SF story…

Bah, humbug!

Pretty entertaining little book nonetheless.
Note: This review was originally posted in my personal blog:
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent and Thougtful Collection 21 Feb 2012
By Steven Woodcock - Published on
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Seeing the "theme" for this collection and being a scientist, it was almost ordained that I pick this one up.

I was not disappointed. The stories here revolve around a central theme--did we evolve or were we created? Is Life an accident or part of an overarching plan?

There are 11 stories in this collection, and for me a couple were indeed duds. They were MORE than made up for by the *good* stories, however, with the clear winner to this man being the final story in the book, "Project: Creation".

If you like stories dealing with Life and the Meaning Of, this is the book for you.

Steven in Colorado
4.0 out of 5 stars Old Debate, Creative Prospective 9 Jun 2011
By Barnabas - Published on
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I wasn't sure how much I would like reading "Intelligent Design", but I ended up recommending it. You will find some traditional debates with a new spin, prompting meditation that may strengthen your own beliefs... as well as stories from imaginations gone wild. All in all it's an entertaining experience... definitely worth the read.
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