This is my first collection of popular-science articles. The distinguished list of coathors are professors, friends and colleages who were associated with the Center for Relativity at the University of Texas, Austin, where I was doing my graduate work. Richard Matzner, in particular, was my thesis advisor. About half the pieces originally appeared in Analog and Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine around 1980. I believe the article on the anthropic principle was the first to be published in this country. In retrospect, some of the articles seem a little difficult for the nonscientist, although "Demythologizing the Black Hole" won Analog's annual readers' poll for best article of 1980, apparently by a landslide. Of course, any book entitled "Frontiers" is not going to remain on the frontier for long. (I had wanted to call it Conversations on the Edge of Spacetime but this was vetoed by the publisher. At any rate, as far as I know the book is out of print.

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1. On Cosmology
Tony Rothman and Larry Shepley

2. Demythologizing the Black Hole
Richard Matzner, Tsvi Piran and Tony Rothman

3. Grand Illusions: Further Conversations on the Edge of Spacetime
Richard Matzner, Tony Rothman & Bill Unruh

4. The New Neutrinos
Richard Matzner and Tony Rothman

5. Concidences in Nature and the Hunt for the Anthropic Principle
Bernard Carr and Tony Rothman

6. The Peryton and the Ants
Tony Rothman and E.C.G. Sudarshan

7. Extraterrestrial Intelligent Beings Do Not Exist
Frank Tipler

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