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Blog Archive for the ‘Science Fiction’ Category

Daniel Suarez, “Daemon: Bot-Mediated Reality”

by Paul Saffo on August 19th, 02008

[Daniel Suarez, originally published as Leinad Zaurus, delivered a talk on the themes developed in his (originally self published) book Daemon. The book is now scheduled to be released in hard cover in January 02009 by Dutton.]

Forget about HAL-like robots enslaving humankind a few decades from now, the takeover is already underway. The. . .   Read More

Anathem and Long Now

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on July 21st, 02008

Neal Stephenson’s new novel, ANATHEM, germinated in 01999 when Danny Hillis asked him and several other contributors to sketch out their ideas of what the Millennium Clock might look like. Stephenson tossed off a quick sketch and promptly forgot about it. Five years later however, when he was between projects, the idea came back. . .   Read More

Yesterday’s Tomorrow

by Kevin Kelly on February 5th, 02008

While contemporary visions of the future aren’t new, past visions of the future are. Indeed “yesterday’s tomorrows” is a new genre with a growing body of material, including several books, such as “Yesterday’s Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future”.

The heydays of science fiction are 50 years old. That’s a. . .   Read More

The shrinking literary future

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on October 2nd, 02007

I have been noticing a funny phenomenon recently in the work of my favorite science fiction authors. Their futures seem to be shrinking.

I thought it may have just been a coincidence that two of my all time favorites, William Gibson and Neal Stephenson, have both been writing less and less about the far future. . .   Read More

Bruce Sterling – “The Singularity: Your Future as a Black Hole”

by Stewart Brand on June 14th, 02004

Your future as a black hole

One reason lots of people don’t want to think long term these days is because technology keeps accelerating so rapidly, we assume the world will become unrecognizable in a few years and then move on to unimaginable. Long-term thinking must be either impossible or irrelevant.

The commonest. . .   Read More