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Blog Archive for the ‘Science Fiction’ Category

Daniel Suarez, Alexander Rose on Drones and Robots

by Austin Brown on July 17th, 02012

Like their makers, robots can be used for creativity or destruction. Robots can be used to build things we wouldn’t expect and to destroy us in ways we haven’t yet imagined. In two events, Daniel Suarez and Alexander Rose discuss this dynamic potential and some of the things they’ve learned through hands. . .   Read More

Cory Doctorow Seminar Primer

by Austin Brown on July 2nd, 02012

“The Coming Century of War Against Your Computer”
Tuesday July 31, 02012 at the Novellus Theater, San Francisco

If geek culture had a class president, Cory Doctorow would be frontrunner for the position. He writes for BoingBoing, uses Ubuntu, played a hero in XKCD, published several rebellious young-adult sci-fi novels (under CC licenses. . .   Read More

Futurestates: watch, predict the future

by Austin Brown on October 5th, 02010

I just happened upon a call for extras (check it out if you’re based in San Francisco) for a film that will be part of a series of sci-fi shorts called Futurestates:
What will become of America in five, 25, or even 50 years from today? FUTURESTATES is a series of 11 fictional. . .   Read More

Daniel Suarez reads from DAEMON

by Danielle Engelman on January 28th, 02009

Long Now is presenting a reading and book signing of DAEMON by author Daniel Suarez, who gave a Seminar last August on “Bot-mediated Reality”.

We hope you can join us this
Sunday February 1, 02009 at 1:00 pm at:The Long Now Museum and Store
Fort Mason Center, Bldg. A
San Francisco, CA. . .   Read More

Neal Stephenson reads from Anathem

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on September 10th, 02008

Video above (from of Neal reading from Anathem at the book launch event last night, and a little of the live singing.  We would like to thank the nearly 900 attendees, and those that watched the video stream.  We apologize for the delays and sound troubles that plagued us at the venue. . .   Read More

Neal Stephenson, “ANATHEM Book Launch Event”

by Robin Ward on September 9th, 02008

Anathem book launch

With over 900 Long Now members and sci-fi appreciators in the audience, we celebrated the release of Neal Stephenson’s new book Anathem on Tuesday September 9, 02008 in San Francisco. With the book drawing heavily on Long Now’s ideas for a 10,000 Year Clock , and our explorations of. . .   Read More

Anathem Event details

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on September 9th, 02008

Tickets and pre-signed books are now sold out for the Anathem book launch event on September 9th, 02008 in San Francisco.  The evening will include a reading by Neal Stephenson, a followup conversation with Danny Hillis and Stewart Brand, and a short live concert of the music inspired by the book.  There will even. . .   Read More

Neal Stephenson and the 10,000-Year Clock

by Kevin Kelly on September 2nd, 02008

In 1998 Danny Hillis asked some friends to make sketches of what they imagined a 10,000-year clock should look like. Science fiction author Neal Stephenson, among others, provided several sketches. One of them outlines a clock contained in concentric circles of walls, which opens to outsiders at specific preordained intervals.

Stephenson’s handwritten. . .   Read More

Iolet: The Music of Anathem

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on August 22nd, 02008

In Neal Stephenson’s new novel Anathem, the Decanarian Erasmus’ daily chore is to ring the Clock bells in his “Math” in a special sequence each day as he chants out the sequence. Those sequences and chants are all based on mathematical formulae that composer and coder David Stutz has put together into an album. . .   Read More

Neal Stephenson – King of the Worlds

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on August 19th, 02008

Steven Levy has an excellent piece on Neal Stephenson’s Anathem in the September Wired.  The article includes in depth back story on the Long Now related inspirations for the book.  If you are going to be in San Francisco on September 9th 02008, we will be hosting the launch event for the book with. . .   Read More