Sex in the Future: The Reproductive Revolution and How It Will Change Us by Robin Baker annoyed me at first. Not that the predictions of how technological advances in the area of reproduction will change society weren't interesting. But the attitudes in the book sometimes annoyed me with their insistence on biologically determining everything, with no room for change. Examples: "If there is a risk of suffering, the preprogrammed psyche will surface and destroy even the most determinded of 'open' relationships." Tell that to the people at polyamory.org. "...we should not exaggerate the male role in parenthood." I think a lot of fathers would disagree with that one. Particularly those who raised kids by themselves.
The predictions and comments on current life are usually surprising, such as the one about how child support and paternity testing are helping the decline of the nuclear family, but they do make sense given their starting points. The science fiction scenarios throughout the book show the issues that could arise, though I was disturbed at the number of them that involved women conceiving the children of wealthy men just for the child support and other creepy situations. (However, they were probably no more unsettling than one would find in a science fiction anthology -- one just doesn't expect them in a mostly non-fiction work.) There is a lot of information on current situations such as fertility technology or the creation of Dolly the cloned sheep, but so much is covered that it's difficult for much of the technical stuff to sink in. Overall, it's a fascinating book for those interested in the ethics of reproduction technology, though one rather hopes some of Baker's predictions don't come true.