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Publisher's Summary

The number-one best-selling author of The Future of the Mind traverses the frontiers of astrophysics, artificial intelligence, and technology to offer a stunning vision of man's future in space, from settling Mars to traveling to distant galaxies.

Formerly the domain of fiction, moving human civilization to the stars is increasingly becoming a scientific possibility - and a necessity. Whether in the near future due to climate change and the depletion of finite resources or in the distant future due to catastrophic cosmological events, we must face the reality that humans will one day need to leave planet Earth to survive as a species. 

World-renowned physicist and futurist Michio Kaku explores in rich, intimate detail the process by which humanity may gradually move away from the planet and develop a sustainable civilization in outer space. He reveals how cutting-edge developments in robotics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology may allow us to terraform and build habitable cities on Mars. He then takes us beyond the solar system to nearby stars, which may soon be reached by nanoships traveling on laser beams at near the speed of light. Finally, he brings us beyond our galaxy, and even beyond our universe, to the possibility of immortality, showing us how humans may someday be able to leave our bodies entirely and laser port to new havens in space. With irrepressible enthusiasm and wonder, Dr. Kaku takes listeners on a fascinating journey to a future in which humanity may finally fulfill its long-awaited destiny among the stars. 

©2018 Michio Kaku (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Feodor Chin's narration is unflaggingly positive.... Chin's reading is anchored in a journalistic tone that matches the author's pop-science style - part scientific, part anecdotal, and part speculation." (AudioFile)  

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A lot of the same stuff

There was a lot repeated from other books but ultimately this felt like a huge one sided "what if" convo. It was a lovely piece of escapism.

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Exceptional Story of Real Human Capabilities

I do feel that Michio Kaku captures and relays the influence of science and physics on humanity in his stories like no other current-day author does. What makes his stories so interesting is the amount of credibility and reference he continuously provides with every new element to an idea that changes. It fascinates me to believe something which can sound like science-fiction probably to so many at a first glance.

The narrator is great, but given the chance I would request Marc Vietor for this author's books. He is my favorite narrator of this author I have yet heard.

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He's a very pessimistic optimist

Although the book did contain some interesting insights, overall I found it to be a rehashing of already talked about topics. His views on timelines seem very pessimistic and he goes so far as to say that we won't be able to achieve faster than light travel until we become a type 3 civilization? Really? I think he leans too heavily on string theory which still remains very elusive and rejects the notion that we are very close (within this century) to realizing human habitation of other planets.

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Simply a compilation of many other books

I expected something new here. Perhaps that is my error, But the author has extraordinary credentials and so I expected new information. Instead, this book simply takes snippets of information from many other books which have all already published these ideas.

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Boring simple physics

Kept talking about simple space physics rather then interesting new ideas. The type of people who read this book probably already know most of the information covered.

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Excellent and exciting.

Inspiration for generations. Not just predictions, but our history, current achievements, and potential goals of the human race.

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Somewhat underwhelming

After just finishing the superb " Guns , Germs and Steel " , I was left mildly disappointed at this effort . It means well enough I'm sure , but is a bit simpleton in its approach , and the narrator sounds like Philadelphia Cheese .

I haven't bought a lemon on here in quite a while , but this is decidedly citrus .

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this is a must read for all science fiction lovers

great great great, amazing yo see how advanced scientifically we are and what is possible!!@

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A good book. I did notice a lot of repeated information from previous books. Then again this book tries to predict the future based on current studies etc, and there is only so many updates of studies from when this book was written from the last.

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One book that covers so much

Loved it. Book covers many questions and in return causes even more to questions to arise.