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Last Updated: Thursday, 28-Jul-2011 21:19:00 PDT

Extropian & Transhumanist Books

Most of the books listed here are for sale at Barnes and Noble -- just hit the link -- except for two books by R. C. W. Ettinger "The Prospect of Immortality", and "Man into Superman", both available free, and online at the Cryonics Institute, and "Create/Recreate: The 3rd Millennial Culture" by Natasha Vita-More, which can be purchased from Extropic Art. All three are recommended reading.

In some cases, there is not a link to where the book may be purchased, so it is here only for reference purposes. If you know where the book can be purchased, please Contact us and it will be added. Occassionally, a book will be out of stock, and you will see the message "This title is not presently stocked by Barnes & Noble. Check availability from our network of book dealers." "Check availability" will be a link you can click to see if one of B&N's network has the book. Or check back frequently, or visit your local used book store.

These first 17 books (some are short articles), and an 18th bi-monthly update to today's news, are what we suggest as a "starter" list.

1. Paul M. Churchland Matter and Consciousness
2. Richard Dawkins The Selfish Gene
3 & 4 - Eric Drexler Engines of Creation   
Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation   Reviews
5. Robert A. Freitas Jr. Nanomedicine       Reviews
Nanomedicine - click here to order from Nanomedicine.com
6. David Friedman The Machinery of Freedom (2nd Ed.)
7. & 8. Hans Moravec Mind Children: The Future of Robot and Human Intelligence
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9. Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged (fiction)
10. & 11. - Ed Regis Great Mambo Chicken and the Transhuman Condition
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12. Julian Simon The Ultimate Resource 2
13. Marc Stiegler The Gentle Seduction (fiction)
14. Robert Anton Wilson Prometheus Rising
15. Robert Ettinger Man into Superman: The Startling Potential of Human Evolution
Man Into Superman--FREE Online Version
16. & 17. Ray Kurzweil The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence December 1999
The Law of Accelerating Returns
18. The Harrow Technology Report Twice Monthly Report
You can either read it, or listen to it, OR both!

Science

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Walter Truett Anderson Evolution Isn't What It Used to Be : The Augmented Animal and the Whole Wired World
Michael A. Arbib The Metaphorical Brain 2: Neural Networks and Beyond
Isaac Asimov Asimov's New Guide to Science
Howard Bloom Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind from the Big Bang to the 21st Century
Stewart Brand The Clock of the Long Now: Time and Responsibility
The Media Lab: Inventing the Future at M.I.T.
Damien Broderick The Spike: How Our Lives Are Being Transformed by Rapidly Advancing Technologies
The Last Mortal Generation
Judas Mandala
The White Abacus
Julian Brown Minds, Machines and the Multiverse: The Quest for a Quantum Computer
The Quest for a Quantum Computer
Maureen Caudill In Our Own Image: Building An Artificial Person
Marvin J. Cetron & Owen Davies Probable Tomorrows: How Science and Technology Will Transform Our Lives in the Next Twenty Years
Arthur C. Clarke The Profiles of the Future: An Inquiry Into The Limits
Peter Cochrane Tips for Time Travelers: Visionary Insights into New Technology, Life, and the Future on the Edge of Technology
B. C. Crandall (Editor) Nanotechnology: Molecular Speculations on Global Abundance
Richard Dawkins The Blind Watchmaker
Jeffrey Deitch Post Human
Peter J. Denning (Editor) Talking Back To The Machine: Computers and Human Aspiration
Michael L. Dertouzos What Will Be: How the New World of Information Will Change Our Lives
Christopher Dewdney Last Flesh: Life in the Transhuman Era
Thomas Homer-Dixon The Ingenuity Gap: How Will We Solve the Problems of the Future?
Wesley M. Du Charme Becoming Immortal: Nanotechnology, You, and the Demise of Death
Esther Dyson Release 2.1: A Design for Living in the Digital Age
Katherine Hayles How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics
Stuart Kauffman The Origins of Order: Self-Organization and Selection in Evolution
Bart Kosko Fuzzy Thinking
Markus Krummenacker & James Lewis (Ed's) Prospects in Nanotechnology: Toward Molecular Manufacturing
John Lippitt (Ed.) Friedrich Nietzsche Society Nietzsche's Futures: Nobility, Laughter, Art, Nature and the Transhuman
Christopher Locke, Rick Levine, Doc Searls, David Weinberger The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual
James Martin After the Internet: Alien Intelligence
November 2000. Business and technology guru James Martin takes you on a tour of the new frontiers of computer technology. "...computers are developing an alien intelligence that is radically different from human intelligence and more powerful in its focused areas."
Nicholas Negroponte Being Digital
Gregory S. Paul & Earl Cox Beyond Humanity: Cyberevolution and Future Minds
Keith Ansell-Pearson Transhuman Condition: A Report on Machines, Technics and Evolution
Viroid Life: Perspectives on Nietzsche and the Transhuman Condition
Ilya Prigogine and Isabelle Stengers Order Out of Chaos
Carl Sagan The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
Gregory Stock Redesigning Humans: Our Inevitable Genetic Future
Frank J.Tipler The Physics of Immortality: Modern Cosmology, God and the Resurrection of the Dead
Robert Zubrin The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must

Science Futurism & Speculative Fiction

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Brian Wilson Aldiss, Roger Penrose White Mars : Or, the Mind Set Free : A 21St-Century Utopia
Roger MacBride Allen The Modular Man (The Next Wave, No 4)
Constance Ash Not of Woman Born
Kage Baker Mendoza in Hollywood
Sky Coyote
In the Garden of Iden
The Graveyard Game
Wilhelmina Baird Chaos Come Again
Clipjoint
Crashcourse
Psykosis
Stephen Baxter & Arthur Charles Clarke The Light of Other Days
Greg Bear Vitals
Slant
Blood Music
Queen Of Angels
Gregory Benford (as Sterling Blake) Chiller
Thomas Berger Vital Parts
Alfred Bester The Computer Connection
David Brin Startide Rising
The Uplift War
Sundiver
Brightness Reef
Infinity's Shore
Heaven's Reach
Stephen Bury Interface
Octavia E. Butler Dawn
Adulthood Rites
Imago
Pat Cadigan Synners
Fools
Mindplayers
Tom Clancy & Steve R. Pieczenik Net Force
Arthur C. Clarke Childhood's End
Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois (eds) Immortals
A. K. Dewdney The Planiverse: Computer Contact with a Two-Dimensional World
J.R. R. Dunn This Side of Judgment
Greg Egan Quarantine
Permutation City
Axiomatic
William Gibson, Larry Wachowski, Andy Wachowski The Matrix: The Shooting Script
James L. Halperin The First Immortal
Harry Harrison and Marvin Minsky The Turing Option
Currently out of print--try to find a used version. Computer-aided reconstruction of the brain is plausibly described.
Robert Heinlen Revolt in 2100: Methusaleh's Children
Time Enough for Love
The Door into Summer
James P. Hogan The Giants Novels: 3-in-1
Nancy Kress Beggars in Spain
Linda Nagata Tech Heaven
Limit of Vision February 2001. "...a conspiracy involving an illegal experimentation in sentient nanotech lifeforms"
Bart Kosko Nanotime
Michael Lewis Next: The Future Just Happened
Charles Platt The Silicon Man
Frederik Pohl Age of the Pussyfoot
Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged
The Fountainhead
Eric Frank Russell The Great Explosion
Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson The Illuminatus Trilogy
Charles Sheffield Tomorrow & Tomorrow
George Edgar Slusser Gary Westfahl (Ed.) Immortal Engines: Life Extension and Immortality in Science Fiction and Fantasy
L. Neil Smith The Probability Broach
Neal Stephenson The Diamond Age
Bruce Sterling Schismatrix Plus
Marc Stiegler The Gentle Seduction
EarthWeb
Vernor Vinge True Names and the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier
Across Realtime
David Zindell Neverness

Important Technologies

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Brian Wowk Cryonics: Reaching For Tomorrow
Ward Dean & John Morgenthaler Smart Drugs and Nutrients
Eric Drexler Engines of Creation
Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation
Robert A. Freitas Jr. Nanomedicine
Nanomedicine - click here to order from Nanomedicine.com
Douglas Hofstadter Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Hans Moravec Mind Children: The Future of Robot and Human Intelligence
Ed Regis Great Mambo Chicken and the Transhuman Condition
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Philosophy

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William Warren Bartley III The Retreat to Commitment
Paul M. Churchland Matter and Consciousness
A Neurocomputational Perspective
Patricia Smith Churchland Neurophilosophy: Toward a Unified Science of the Mind-Brain
Martin Gardner Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science
David Gauthier Morals By Agreement
Hofstadter & Dennett The Mind's I: Fantasies and Reflections of Self and Soul
John L. Mackie The Miracle of Theism: Arguments for and Against the Existence of God
R. Michael Perry Forever for All: Moral Philosophy, Cryonics, and the Scientific Prospects for Immortality
September 2000. This book considers the problems of death and the hereafter and how these ages-old problems ought to be addressed in light of our continuing progress.
Michael Shermer Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Supersition, and Other Confusions of Our Time

Economics & Society

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David Brin The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Privacy and Freedom
Ronald H. Coase The Firm, the Market, and the Law
Dinesh D'Souza The Virtue of Prosperity: Finding Values in an Age of Techno-Affluence
David Friedman The Machinery of Freedom (2nd Ed.)
Kevin Kelly Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems and the Economic World
Friedrich Hayek The Constitution of Liberty
Karl Popper The Open Society and Its Enemies, Vol. 1
Julian Simon The Ultimate Resource 2
Julian Simon & Herman Kahn (eds) The Resourceful Earth: A Response to Global 2000

Psychology

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Nathaniel Branden Honoring the Self: Self-Esteem and Personal Transformation
Harry Browne How I Found Freedom in An Unfree World: A Handbook for Personal Liberty
Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
Matt Ridley The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation

Miscellaneous Future

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Damien Broderick The Spike
Freeman Dyson Infinite in All Directions
Imagined Worlds
George B. Dyson Darwin among the Machines: The Evolution of Global Intelligence
F.M. Esfandiary Optimism One
Up-Wingers
FM-2030 Staff Are You A Transhuman?
Robert Ettinger Man into Superman: The Startling Potential of Human Evolution
Man Into Superman--FREE Online Version
Raymond Kurzweil The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence
Jerry Pournelle A Step Farther Out
Hans P. Moravec Robot: Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind
Alvin Toffler Powershift: Knowledge, Wealth, and Violence at the Edge of the 21st Century

Life Extension & Immortality

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Stephen Austad Why We Age: What Science Is Discovering about the Body's Journey through Life
Ben Bova Immortality: How Science Is Extending Your Lifespan and Changing the World
Herb Bowie Why Die?: A Beginner's Guide to Living Forever
Robert Ettinger The Prospect of Immortality Online and Free
Man into Superman Online and Free
Alan Harrington The Immortalist
Phillip D. Minton The Immortality Enzyme: Biomedical Breakthroughs You Can Use against Aging, Cancer and Heart Disease
Stuart Jay Olshansky & Bruce A. Carnes The Quest for Immortality: Science at the Frontiers of Aging
R. Michael Perry Forever for All: Moral Philosophy, Cryonics, and the Scientific Prospects for Immortality
September 2000. This book considers the problems of death and the hereafter and how these ages-old problems ought to be addressed in light of our continuing progress.
Albert Rosenfeld Prolongevity II: An Updated Report on the Scientific Prospects for Adding Good Years to Life
Frank J. Tipler The Physics of Immortality: Modern Cosmology, God and the Resurrection of the Dead
Roy Walford Maximum Life Span

History

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Daniel Boorstin The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself
Bruce Mazlish The Fourth Discontinuity: The Co-Evolution of Humans and Machines
Natasha Vita-More CREATE/RECREATE: The 3rd Millennial Culture
The only book to date which tells the history of transhumans and gives a time line of events leading up to transhumanity.
Richard Tarnas The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View

Book Reviews of Nanomedicine, Volume I  Back To Top

Gregory M. Fahy, Ph.D. (pharmacology and cryobiology), " A Gift From The Future," Life Extension Magazine, October 2000.

Greg Trocchia, " The MNT Bookshelf, Part 2: Nanomedicine," Speaker's Corner/Nanotechnology, March 2000.

Richard P. Terra, " Nanomedicine: A `Classic-in-the-Making'. Multi-Volume Work Examines Medical Applications of MNT," Foresight Update No. 38, September 30, 1999, pp. 1, 9, 13.


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