Monday, June 29, 2009

Mambo Chicken

The day before my trip to Alcor in Phoenix a week or so ago, I spotted Great Mambo Chicken and the Transhuman Condition at Half-Price Books. It turned out to be an appropriate choice for reading on the flight as it documents the early history of Cryonics in an entertaining style. I had the chance to say hello to Hugh Hixon and Mike Perry, both mentioned in the book, while I was there touring Alcor.

I also finished up Rapture: How Biotech Became the New Religion. Although written by a different author, it could be the sequel to the Great Mambo Chicken book, picking up the story of the progress of the Immortalists some thirteen years later. I was pleased to see that it included an interview of my friend from the Humanist Fellowship Randy Wicker. I recommend both of these books to anyone interested in Cryonics, Extropianism, Transhumanism, and, of course, Optihumanism.

1 comment:

Mark Plus said...

I re-read Regis's book a few months back, and it struck me how little progress we've seen in the past 20 years, both in cryonics and in "nanotechnology" of the sort Drexler and his boosters envisioned in the 1980's. Regis points out the vacuity of a lot of this future-speak in an interview he gave a few years ago.