Books: Ghosts and Portents

THE MEMOIRS OF A SURVIVOR by DORIS LESSING 213 pages. Knopf. $6.95.

Futurologists tend to be either projectors or mystics. The projectors take the present, put it on the old slide rule, and compute ahead into tomorrow, worrying whether technology's last achievement will be to foresee technology's demise. On the other hand, the mystics think of the future not as the next extension on the graph but rather as an alternative universe, as different from this one as heaven or hell.

British Novelist Doris Lessing is a mystic. Once, in The Golden Notebook, her frontier...

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