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100% Standard Stuff
on 26 January 2009
The author takes all the futuristic bits of Star Trek and shows just how impossible - or nearly impossible - they are. He has the opportunity, but doesn't take it, to consider some things that have come somewhat true since the original show: for example the communicators that look like mobile flip-phones, and "tricorders" when we now have a means of detecting living people under collapsed buildings. His agenda is to say you can't do any of these things with present-day science, which is a trifle obvious without consulting the book. As some of the other reviewers imply, he is mostly closed to the idea that new discoveries might be made, with the significant exception of "warping" space which is a current research topic in physics and therefore OK for a senior scientist to speculate about.
In sum, a good read for those who are fearful of the possibility of aliens and the consequences of interstellar travel, and rather disappointing for the rest.