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Marsha Freeman

Freeman, associate editor of 21st Century Science & Technology, writes about the untold story of the triumphs of the Shuttle-Mir program. For most people, she notes, the MIR space station is synonymous with calamity — a fire, collision with an unmanned Progress M-34 supply vehicle, and countless less life-threatening technical failures and harrowing moments in orbit.

Steve Tally

Tally, who is a science writer at Purdue University specializing in biotechnology and genomics, veers from the serious to the humorous in his other speciality-pop history. In the book he presents the "what ifs" of the United States' past: What if George Washington had chosen not to cross the Delaware River? What if Neil Armstrong had chosen to abort the moon landing when his computers indicated that he was about to crash?

Marcia Bartusiak

Bartusiak says that she first was formally introduced to the science of gravity waves nearly two decades ago while on an assignment for the late magazine Science 85. She became intrigued with laser interferometry and its promise for astronomy. She asks: "What if we could hear the heavens?" "What if the cosmic display we've observed over the years had a sound track?"

Rudolph E. Tanzi and Ann B. Parson

Parson is a Cambridge, MA, freelance. Tanzi is professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and director of the Genetics and Aging Unit at Mass General Hospital. By the year 2050, 14 million Americans will die of Alzheimer's. The book chronicles the search for the genetic causes of this incurable brain disease and illuminates one promising theory — the amyloid hypothesis — that could hold the key to effective medications.

Red Anton

Anton, Chicago freelance science writer and professor at DePaul University, maintains we live in an era of science triumph as we move from three centuries of discovery to a new age of mastery. But the architects of the new science do not fit the mold of the past — they are often from small teams, frequently women, and often multidisciplinary and opportunistic.

Anne S. Harding

Harding, a New York freelance, has included 500 entries in her book describing the advances in the treatment of disease and the understanding of human health. The developments she cites cover a wide range. For example, she notes that the first ovariotomy was the removal of a 22-pound tumor from the ovary of Jane Todd Crawford by Dr. Ephraim McDowell in 1809, before the days of antisepsis or anesthesia.

John Troan

Troan, a veteran of a 44-year career with the Pittsburgh Press and other Scripps-Howard newspapers, has written his autobiography. The son of an immigrant coal miner and an illiterate mother, he describes his Depression-era childhood and his struggle to get through Penn State.

Judith Wallerstein, Julia Lewis and Sandra Blakeslee

Blakeslee: "This books presents the results of a 25-year follow-up study on the effects of divorce on children. In following a cohort of children whose parents divorced in 1971, Judy explains what happened to these young men and women when they reached adulthood."