Biospheres: Metamorphosis of Planet Earth

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The Gaia theory is based on the premiss that the Earth is poised to reproduce. Experiments are showing that sustainable mini-biospheres are a possibility - complete ecological systems in which life is possible. The author argues that it is time we stopped thinking of ourselves as a super-species. Human beings and all our inventions are just part of nature, helping the Earth to produce new species. In this book the author pioneers biospherical experiments giving us a glimpse into the future not just of our species but of the planet as a whole.

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First appearing as a McGraw-Hill hardcover in 1990, and then, later that year as a Bantam paperback, Biospheres: the Metamorphosis of Planet Earth, was translated into French and Italian. Dorion Sagan's first sole-authored book, it was a meditation on the nature of biospheric life, presenting a Nietzschean ecology and arguing that Earth itself did indeed bear signal traits of a living organism. Long out of print, this speculative work on the nature and future of life on Earth is once again being made available.

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Dorion Sagan is an award-winning author and co-author of twenty-four books translated into eleven languages. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Skeptical Inquirer, Wired, Cabinet, Natural History, The Sciences, and other magazines. His coauthored What is Life? (Main Selection, Global Business Network Book Club), was called “A masterpiece of science writing” in Orion magazine, and included on a list of “Mind-Altering Masterpieces” by Utne Reader. His book Into the Cool, coauthored with ecologist Eric D. Schneider, was tagged “fascinating” by Nobel Prize winning chemist and poet Roald Hoffmann, and Melvin Konner, in The New York Times wrote about Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Microbial Evolution that "this admiring reader of Lewis Thomas, Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould has seldom, if ever, seen such a luminous prose style in a work of this kind." Although known primarily as a science writer and essayist, he has also contributed to philosophical works such as Zone 6 (MIT Press) and A Foray into the Worlds of Animals and Humans (University of Minnesota Press). A Fellow of the Lindisfarne Association, he has been a Humana Scholar at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and received an Educational Press Association of America Excellence in Educational Journalism Award for “The Riddle of Sex,” which appeared in The Science Teacher. His Death and Sex, a two-in-one hardcover published by Chelsea Green, won the 2010 New York Book Show in the competitive general trade nonfiction category. His current interests include philosophy and science fiction.

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