And So It Goes: A Rare Glimpse of Kurt Vonnegut's Tortured Soul. By Maria Popova The equilibrium of fiction, or what the Occupy movement can learn from a former GE PR executive.
Kurt Vonnegut — prolific author, anarchist, Second Life dweller, imaginary interviewer of the dead. Kurt Vonnegut Turns Cinderella Into An Equation : Krulwich Wonders… Man is a pattern-finding animal.
There are folks who look at a scene like this... A Cosmopolitan Literature for the Cosmopolitan Web. Standing in Melbourne airport on the day before this year’s World Science Fiction convention, I found myself playing the familiar road-game known to all who travel to cons: spot the fan.
Sometimes, ‘‘spot the fan’’ is pitched as a pejorative, a bit of fun at fannish expense, a sneer about the fannish BMI, B-O, and general hairiness. But there are plenty of people who are heavyset, and practically everyone debarking an international flight to Melbourne is bound to smell a little funky, and beard-wearing is hardly unique to fandom. If there is one thing that characterizes fandom for me, it is a kind of cosmopolitanism. Now, we tend to think of ‘‘cosmopolitan’’ as a synonym for ‘‘posh’’ or ‘‘well-travelled.’’ But that’s not what I mean here: for me, to be cosmopolitan is to live your life by the ancient science fictional maxims: ‘‘All laws are local’’ and ‘‘No law knows how local it is.’’ Which is not to say that cosmopolitans don’t believe in anything. BOOK VIEW CAFE BLOG » A Note at the Beginning. I’ve been inspired by José Saramago’s extraordinary blogs, which he posted when he was 85 and 86 years old.
They were published this year in English as The Notebook. I read them with amazement and delight. I never wanted to blog before. I’ve never liked the word blog — I suppose it is meant to stand for bio-log or something like that, but it sounds like a sodden tree-trunk in a bog, or maybe an obstruction in the nasal passage (oh, she talks that way because she has such terrible blogs in her nose). Justina Robson: Home Page. Philip K Dick. Krumme1.fm. THE SKINNER. Neal Stephenson.
Iain [M] Banks. The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot as hypertext. Vernor Vinge. Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence.
Shortly after, the human era will be ended. —"The Coming Technological Singularity" by Vernor Vinge, 1993 Life and work Vinge came to prominence in 1981 with his novella True Names, perhaps the first story to present a fully fleshed-out concept of cyberspace, which would later be central to cyberpunk stories by William Gibson, Neal Stephenson and others. These two novels and True Names also emphasized Vinge's interest in the technological singularity. Vinge won the Hugo Award (tying for Best Novel with Doomsday Book by Connie Willis) with his 1992 novel, A Fire Upon the Deep. In it, he envisions a galaxy that is divided up into 'zones of thought', in which the further one moves away from the center of the galaxy, the higher the level of complexity one can achieve.
Vinge retired in 2000 from teaching at San Diego State University, in order to write full-time. Themes Vernor Vinge on the Singularity. Vernor Vinge on the Singularity - part 1 of 2. Turned up to Eleven. We're about ten days away from the Doctor Who table reading.
I spoke to the Director for the first time yesterday. And the script is pretty much the script. (ie, I'm about to send off a script to the Script Editor that I hope will be, if not the last draft, then the one that we go into the table read with). Technically it's probably the tenth draft, but I'm not really counting any more. (The "Cut ten pages" draft of the trip to Australia was the last one that felt like major surgery.) It hasn't really changed that much. Anything that wasn't moving the plot forward has gone. The Doctor has just been given a bowl of something to eat. The Graveyard Book Video Tour Readings.
William Gibson. Neil Gaiman. Jeff VanderMeer. October 11: ANNOUNCING ODD?!!
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