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How William Gibson Keeps His Science Fiction Real
long interview and retrospective (via BoingBoing)
books  scifi  culture 
5 weeks ago by pierce
Why I barely read SF these days - Charlie's Diary
"SF should—in my view—be draining the ocean and trying to see at a glance which of the gasping, flopping creatures on the sea bed might be lungfish. But too much SF shrugs at the state of our seas and settles for draining the local acquarium, or even just the bathtub, instead. In pathological cases it settles for gazing into the depths of a brightly coloured computer-generated fishtank screensaver. If you're writing a story that posits giant all-embracing interstellar space corporations, or a space mafia, or space battleships, never mind universalizing contemporary norms of gender, race, and power hierarchies, let alone fashions in clothing as social class signifiers, or religions ... then you need to think long and hard about whether you've mistaken your screensaver for the ocean."
scifi  books  future 
february 2018 by pierce
Readings in Database Systems, 5th Edition
Tome of Wisdom. I remember seeing a physical edition, massive beast.
database  books  technology 
december 2015 by pierce
The end of capitalism has begun | Books | The Guardian
Paul Mason (Channel 4 reporter on Greek financial crisis) has a book. Hmmm.
books  economics  finance  history  technology  news 
july 2015 by pierce
Amazon v. Hachette: Everyone Is Wrong But Me | Articles | Eviscerati.Org
"every company in the computer industry behaves like a sociopath. They will do good things for you for as long as there’s profit in it, but as soon as it reaches the point where they don’t have to, they immediately flip to abusing you, relentlessly, all the while telling you there’s nothing they can do about it, and it’s probably all your fault"
news  books  amazon  business  from delicious
august 2014 by pierce
Ebooks for all — The Message — Medium
Nice piece by Craig Mod on using kindles for education in Ghana
books  kindle  world  technology  education  from delicious
june 2014 by pierce
squeakland : resources : books : reading list
"The following list was prepared by Alan Kay for his students. We share it for those who want to learn more about some of the writing that influenced him"
books  technology  philosophy  ai  design  education  psychology  from delicious
april 2014 by pierce
Security Engineering - A Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems
Free book (post-Snowden) ‘It's beautiful. This is the best book on the topic there is’ Bruce Schneier
security  technology  privacy  books  from delicious
january 2014 by pierce
Indistinguishable From Magic
Ongoing project to explain and illustrate Tolkien's Silmarillion
books  art  from delicious
december 2013 by pierce
Noahpinion: Science fiction novels for economists
Dunno about the "for economists" part, but that's a good list - some of my favourites. I should probably give the remaining 4 that I haven't read yet a look.
books  scifi  economics  from delicious
august 2013 by pierce
The Early Days of a Better Nation
Ken MacLeod on Iain Banks and his political stance - That, Iain said, was how he'd envisaged the Culture coming about. Conflicts of interest between classes and other groups there would be, but the sheer availability of information and computing power would arm the majority with facts and arguments that would enable them to prove, as well as enforce, their claims. The consequent advance in consciousness would allow the opportunities offered by automation and abundance to be grasped, first in imagination then in reality, and make opposition to their realisation irrational, futile, and weak.
politics  books  scifi  technology  future  from delicious
july 2013 by pierce
The Hippest Hippie | MetaFilter
Links to Guardian article on Stewart Brand. Some good commentary too.
history  books  technology  culture  from delicious
may 2013 by pierce
Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Getting Stronger through Stress: Making Black Swans Work for You
On the surface a book review of Taleb's 'Antifragile' - "His playbook on systems design and strategies is a rich resource to help us all navigate through the mounting pressure ahead and grow more rapidly as individuals, institutions and a society." (via @bruces)
books  philosophy  design  scalability  management  business  from delicious
april 2013 by pierce
Neal Stephenson on the Tall Tower hieroglyph | Beyond The Beyond | Wired.com
Why stop there? Why not a 'Fountains of Paradise' stype space elevator? (18 minutes)
video  future  science  technology  books  scifi  from delicious
april 2013 by pierce
Things publishers can't do (yet) - Charlie's Diary
Stross on what happens when books aren't tied to paper and physical distribution.
books  future  technology  kindle  amazon  from delicious
april 2013 by pierce
What is a book in the age of the iPad? An interview with Craig Mod | The Verge
"Every six months we're going to see 3 or 4 very obvious things that we weren't doing that someone's going to start doing, and then the whole industry shifts and follows that. Two years ago, hardware was more of a limiting factor — now it isn't.

It's a good time, it's an interesting time, the market has moved so quickly. "
books  technology  ipad  kindle  ios  future  webstock  from delicious
march 2013 by pierce
Lego Hogwarts
Hogwarts built from 4000,000 bricks (via MeFi)
books  flickr  photography  lego  from delicious
march 2013 by pierce
Containers and their contents | ROUGH TYPE
Comments thread on the future of the book by Nicholas Carr & Clay Shirky
books  music  technology  culture  shirky  from delicious
january 2013 by pierce
Why the entertainment industry's release strategy creates piracy | Technology | guardian.co.uk
Cory Doctorow - "If companies refuse to release films or TV shows in US and UK at same time, they only have themselves to blame for piracy"
business  law  cinema  books  drm  from delicious
december 2012 by pierce
Starship Stormtroopers
1978 article by Micheal Moorcock on the writing of Tolkein, Heinlein and others.
scifi  books  culture  from delicious
december 2012 by pierce
Subcompact Publishing — by Craig Mod
via Daring Fireball - "on The Magazine and the imminent disruption of the publishing industry"
news  web  technology  books  business  from delicious
december 2012 by pierce
Lists of Note - How to Write by David Ogilvy
via @Oisin - The better you write, the higher you go (here). People who think well, write well.

Woolly minded people write woolly memos, woolly letters and woolly speeches.

Good writing is not a natural gift. You have to learn to write well. Here are 10 hints:

1. Read the Roman-Raphaelson book on writing*. Read it three times.
2. Write the way you talk. Naturally.
3. Use short words, short sentences and short paragraphs.
4. Never use jargon words like reconceptualize, demassification, attitudinally, judgmentally. They are hallmarks of a pretentious ass.
5. Never write more than two pages on any subject.
6. Check your quotations.
7. Never send a letter or a memo on the day you write it. Read it aloud the next morning—and then edit it.
8. If it is something important, get a colleague to improve it.
9. Before you send your letter or your memo, make sure it is crystal clear what you want the recipient to do.
10. If you want ACTION, don't write. Go and tell the guy what you want.
books  management  gtd  from delicious
october 2012 by pierce
Clay Shirky: How the Internet will (one day) transform government | Video on TED.com
The open-source world has learned to deal with a flood of new, oftentimes divergent, ideas using hosting services like GitHub -- so why can’t governments? In this rousing talk Clay Shirky shows how democracies can take a lesson from the Internet, to be not just transparent but also to draw on the knowledge of all their citizens.

Clay Shirky argues that the history of the modern world could be rendered as the history of ways of arguing, where changes in media change what sort of arguments are possible -- with deep social and political implications.
shirky  video  ted  web  culture  society  books  history  git  linux  opensource  github  from delicious
september 2012 by pierce
Has science fiction died, or does it just look different now?
Warren Ellis - "the future tends to arrive a little bit broken. We have workarounds for everything, because very few things turn up perfectly functional."
books  scifi  design  future  from delicious
september 2012 by pierce
An interview with China Miéville - Boing Boing
On Railsea (via BoingBoing, MeFi)
Like this - "Today, of course, you go online, and you can see that the Wikipedia entries for something like Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes are higher quality, better-referenced, longer and better-researched than many entries about the Second World War. You have this strange inversion in collective belief and emphasis, which ends up generating a lot more material a lot more confidently around the small stuff than the big stuff."
books  culture  scifi  society  from delicious
august 2012 by pierce
Turkey City Lexicon – A Primer for SF Workshops
On holding a SciFi writers workshop, highlighting a number of regular issues in writing (not just in SciFi).
- via @cstross IAmA
culture  scifi  books  from delicious
july 2012 by pierce
Embracing the Future – Part 1: Conversation with Bruce Sterling & Brian David Johnson | The Tomorrow Project
First of 4x 5 minute interview clips including segments on The Difference Engine, interface design, and the future.
video  books  future  design  scifi  technology  from delicious
july 2012 by pierce
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