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The Man Who Sold the Moon, Part 02

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:06:08 +0000

Here’s part two of my reading (MP3) of The Man Who Sold the Moon, my award-winning novella first published in 2015’s Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future, edited by Ed Finn and Kathryn Cramer. It’s my Burning Man/maker/first days of a better nation story and was a kind of practice run for my... more

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With repetition, most of us will become inured to all the dirty tricks of Facebook attention-manipulation

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 21:08:04 +0000

In my latest Locus column, “Persuasion, Adaptation, and the Arms Race for Your Attention,” I suggest that we might be too worried about the seemingly unstoppable power of opinion-manipulators and their new social media superweapons. Not because these techniques don’t work (though when someone who wants to sell you persuasion tools tells you that they’re... more

Interview with the National Science Teachers Association’s Lab Out Loud podcast

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 16:06:24 +0000

Back in 2010, I appeared as a guest on the National Science Teachers Association’s Lab Out Loud podcast, and this year, they had me back as part of their celebration of their first decade; they’ve just published the interview, (MP3) which was primarily about my novel Walkaway.

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A Hopeful Look At The Apocalypse: An interview with PRI’s Innovation Hub

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 20:13:34 +0000

I chatted with Innovation Hub, distributed by PRI, about the role of science fiction and dystopia in helping to shape the future (MP3). Three Takeaways 1. Doctorow thinks that science-fiction can give people “ideas for what to do if the future turns out in different ways.” Like how William Gibson’s Neuromancer didn’t just predict the... more

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Podcast: The Man Who Sold the Moon, Part 01

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 04:23:13 +0000

Here’s part one of my reading (MP3) of The Man Who Sold the Moon, my award-winning novella first published in 2015’s Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future, edited by Ed Finn and Kathryn Cramer. It’s my Burning Man/maker/first days of a better nation story and was a kind of practice run for my... more

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Reviving my Christmas daddy-daughter podcast, with Poesy!

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 16:23:45 +0000

For nearly every year since my daughter Poesy was old enough to sing, we’ve recorded a Christmas podcast; but we missed it in 2016, due to the same factors that made the podcast itself dormant for a couple years — my crazy busy schedule. But this year, we’re back, with my off-key accompaniment to her... more

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Talking Walkaway on the Barnes and Noble podcast

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:54:29 +0000

I recorded this interview last summer at San Diego Comic-Con; glad to hear it finally live! Authors are, without exception, readers, and behind every book there is…another book, and another. In this episode of the podcast, we’re joined by two writers for conversations about the vital books and ideas that influence inform their own work.... more

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An 8th grader’s brilliant trailer for Walkaway

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:23:11 +0000

Net Neutrality is only complicated because monopolists are paying to introduce doubt

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:59:11 +0000

My op-ed in New Internationalist, ‘Don’t break the 21st century nervous system’, seeks to cut through the needless complexity in the Net Neutrality debate, which is as clear-cut as climate change or the link between smoking and cancer — and, like those subjects, the complexity is only there because someone paid to introduce it. When... more

Hey, Kitchener-Waterloo, I’m headed your way next Monday!

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 02:35:58 +0000

I was honoured to be invited to address the University of Waterloo on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Cheriton School of Computer Science; my father is a proud Waterloo grad (and I’m a proud Waterloo dropout!), and so this is indeed a very special opportunity for me. Moreover, the kind folks at... more

How to get a signed, personalized copy of any of my books, shipped anywhere in the world!

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 20:25:03 +0000

The kind folks at Dark Delicacies, my local specialist horror bookstore here in beautiful Burbank, California have volunteered to fill orders for my novels; since they’re walking distance from my front door, I’ll be popping in there a couple of times every week between now and Xmas to sign and inscribe any orders you place;... more

The Fight for a Free, Fair and Open Internet | Bioneers 2017

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:34:34 +0000

According to journalist, blogger, “creative commons” advocate, Electronic Frontier Foundation Fellow, and award-winning science fiction author Cory Doctorow, the fight for a free, fair and open Internet isn’t the most important fight on the planet, but you can’t win any of the other major battles without it. Although the Net is the nervous system of... more

How I lifehacked my way into a corner

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:13:49 +0000

My latest Locus column is “How to Do Everything (Lifehacking Considered Harmful),” the story of how I was present at the birth of “lifehacking” and how, by diligently applying the precept that I should always actively choose how I prioritize my time, I have painted my way into a (generally pleasant) corner that I can’t... more

Londoners! I’ll be speaking at Waterstones Gower Street with Ada Palmer on Nov 8

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 22:46:42 +0000

By a very happy coincidence, Ada Palmer and I are both passing through London on November 8 and we’re doing a joint event at the Waterstones in Gower Street, starting at 6:30! The tickets (which include wine) are £6/£4 for students; you can book them here.

Talking Walkaway on the CNet book-club podcast

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:24:07 +0000

CNet has started a new book-club podcast, and they honored me by picking my novel Walkaway as their second-ever title. We had a long and far-ranging discussion last week about the book and the themes it raises: disasters, economics, technological immortality, community, trolling, bohemianism, and much more (MP3). Since a big part of “Walkaway” concerns... more

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My adult novels are being reissued with covers to match Walkaway!

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:26:20 +0000

When I first saw Will Stahle‘s cover art for my novel Walkaway, I was pleased beyond all reason (and not least because I am an unabashed Stahle fanboy, as he is behind some of the greatest covers of our era, from Yiddish Policeman’s Union to Autonomous to A Darker Shade of Magic to All the... more

Boring, complex and important: the deadly mix that blew up the open web

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:11:53 +0000

On Monday, the World Wide Web Consortium published EME, a standard for locking up video on the web with DRM, allowing large corporate members to proceed without taking any steps to protect accessibility work, security research, archiving or innovation. I spent years working to get people to pay attention to the ramifications of the effort,... more

Our technology is haunted by demons controlled by transhuman life-forms

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 19:24:44 +0000

In my latest Locus column, “Demon-Haunted World,” I propose that the Internet of Cheating Things — gadgets that try to trick us into arranging our affairs to the benefit of corporate shareholders, to our own detriment — is bringing us back to the Dark Ages, when alchemists believed that the universe rearranged itself to prevent... more

Walkaway won the Dragon Award for Best Apocalyptic Novel

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 19:14:47 +0000

Yesterday, I left the Black Rock Desert after Burning Man and my phone came to life and informed me that my novel Walkaway had been awarded DragonCon’s Dragon Award for Best Apocalyptic Novel! I couldn’t be more pleased. My sincere thanks to all the voters who supported the novel! By the way, published Party... more

Party Discipline: a novella set in the world of Walkaway

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 17:07:04 +0000

I wrote the novella Party Discipline while I was on my grueling US/Canada/UK tour for my novel Walkaway, last spring. Today, publishes the tale, in which two seniors at Burbank High confront their uncertain future by planning a “Communist party” in which they take over a defunct factory and start it up again, a... more