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David Brin’s novels have been translated into more than twenty languages, including New York Times Best-sellers that won Hugo and Nebula awards. His 1989 ecological thriller, Earth, foreshadowed cyberwarfare, the World Wide Web, global warming and Gulf Coast flooding. A 1998 Kevin Costner film was loosely adapted from his post-apocalyptic novel, The Postman.
Brin is a noted scientist, futurist and speaker who appears frequently on television (Life After People, The Universe), discussing trends in the near and far future, on subjects such as surveillance, technology, astronomy, and SETI. His non-fiction book, The Transparent Society, deals with issues of openness and security in the wired-age.
David Brin web site: http://www.davidbrin.com
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Re-lighting the political lamp, let’s commence with a crucial year in U.S. political history... by linking to a video that’s gone viral nationwide, “Capitalism Hits the Fan” by Professor Richard Wolff.
Now, from the title I expected something tinged a little pink. What I fo… Read full post »
First (and least) let's talk briefly about "immortality." I have found myself forced, pretty often, to weigh in on the topic of lifespan extension.
As we look back upon 2011, let's take a bigger perspective by peering a century further in time. The year 1911 was amazing in many ways. Amundsen and Scott were racing for the South Pole's “last place on Earth” - illustrating how new technology can amplify both competence… Read full post »
* All right, it’s a simple though not-so-cheery meme. But it mixes warm and fuzzy mythology with deep-important truth. Poor Santa Claus is in trouble! Tell every child you know that the U.S. Navy is in full tilt preparation for an “ice-free arctic.” Our admirals don&rsq… Read full post »
Evolutionary biologist Mark Pagel recently spun a fable for The Edge about selection and drift in the human attribute of innovative creativity. His assertion in Infinite Stupidity is that the very same civilization we built through innovation becomes a driving selective force, one… Read full post »
Before diving into media and strange science, here’s a tentative announcement.
I’m thinking about a contest to create a mini-trailer for my new novel (coming in June) - a great big near-future science fiction saga called EXISTENCE.
I've already sent feelers to the Computer Gr… Read full post »
Continuing in a political vein... I'll hand over the floor to a few Large Minds - some of them pals - offering them a chance to lay some politically redolent thoughts on you.
== Two Successful Capitalists Decry The Hijacking of Capitalism ==
Let’s hear from two fellows… Read full post »
Both Republican former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Nobel prize winning Keynsian economist Paul Krugman have a trait in common. They grew up fervent science fiction fans, especially transfixed by the future-historical speculations of Isaac Asimov. Gingrich wrote about this influence… Read full post »
I’ve been content to leave up-top my big, controversial posting about Ayn Rand and her novel/film Atlas Shrugged, in part because the ferment was cool and fun. And also because I am neck-deep in copy-editiong my big new novel EXISTENCE. (Appearing in June!)
But I owe you al… Read full post »
Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates. - Mark Twain
There was nothing else even remotely interesting at Blockbuster -- so we rented ATLAS SHRUGGED.
I promised a cogent and careful review of Ayn Rand's ATLAS SHRUGGED: The Motion Picture. And I'll get to it soon. But first, may I unleash an informal screed? One scribbled in rapid response to a manifesto that was posted online a few days ago - one… Read full post »
Two fantastic women departed from our sight on Earth last week, leaving it more barren than before.
Anne McCaffrey was my friend and colleague -- a wonderful writer, deeply devoted to her craft, her fans, her civilization, and delivering wonder to millions.
I barely knew Lynn Margulis, who… Read full post »
Think I'm kidding about "sousveillance" and people-power vision? Now citizen protesters have drones! This video shows the view from a Polish RoboKopter with video camera. Getting an aerial view is the next step in compelling DIY citizen video.
== Antimatter and FTL Neutrinos? ==
The world's largest… Read full post »
A few days ago, the famous comic book writer and illustrator Frank Miller issued a howl of hatred toward the young people in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Well, all right, that's a bowdlerization. After reading even one randomly-chosen paragraph, I'm sure you'll agree that "howl" un… Read full post »
What books can we give our teens that don't mire them in a swamp of vampires, domineering wizards or nostalgia for feudalism? These are a few of my personal science fiction favorites for young adults, weighted more toward SF and a little common sense mixed with lots of… Read full post »
The question has filled pages and books, resonating across hotel bars and conferences for decades. What, exactly, is science fiction? It matters for many reasons, not least because the genre encompasses just about everything that's not limited to the mundane here and now, or a primly defi… Read full post »
What can any sensible American citizen do about the present political climate? (Wait... not "climate." Let's use a less divisively fraught word. "Environment?" Aw hell.)
Rebuilding an optimistic, pragmatic, problem-solving, scientific, brave and world-valuable United States will be hard. The… Read full post »
So many things to remark-upon, from the recent summit conference about a coming "Singularity," to the conclusion of the Iraq and Libya wars, to the critical issues raised by Occupy Wall Street... and the prospects for banking transparency in the light of Moammar Ghaddafi's stolen $200 billions....… Read full post »
All right... this one put me into fill-tilt, bellowing rant mode! It's a reaction to one of those email circulars that our crazy uncles keep sending us - you know the kind, offering vast, sweeping, counter-factual assertions in lieu of evidence, logic or even common sense, all in… Read full post »
“A relentless addiction to indignation may be one of the chief drivers of obstinate dogmatism and possibly the ultimate propellant behind the current culture war."
Forget "left-versus-right." Or even arguments over taxes. The centerpiece of our current Phase Three of the American Civil War is the all-out campaign to discredit science.
A recent research paper resurrects the idea of "security by obscurity." A notion I've been fighting for decades. (e.g. in The Transparent Society). The basic idea is that you will better thrive by hiding information from your foes/competitors/rivals, even if this accelerates an arms race… Read full post »
Steve Jobs had a knack for seeing the adult in a child, the grownup product that an infant idea could grow up and become. Looking at the toy computers that hobbyists soldered in their 1970s garages, he envisioned people like you and me wanting vastly more capable… Read full post »
= Licensing Journalists: public protection or guild protection?
After its crushing defeat in the last election, Britain's Labour Party is heaping on bad ideas. The latest? To license journalists via a professional body that could ban or "strike off" those who are accused of malpractice from practi… Read full post »