“Day 13, current mood: building a small army of aerial robot battle witches.”Read more "robot battle witches"
The following essay was originally serialised on The State from May 20, 2013. genesis and forking timelines It’s the early 90s. In the form of an Australian teenager finishing high school, with a head full of Heinlein, I tried to join the Army. That future never eventuated—in this timeline, anyway. I entered university still full of […]Read more "ANARCHIST FUTURISM & THE LIE OF HISTORY [From the Archives of TheState]"
We were in Coober Pedy, I think, or definitely getting close to the edge of the Zone, one Saturday or Sunday morning… it was definitely morning… but after a week on the road, days loose their meaning. Anyway, idly flipping through whatever subset of channels was available in that particular hotel room with its geographic […]Read more "Cthulu Sync Log: from Lovecraft to the Chthulucene"
Charlie does a longish reading from Halting State: http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-1670032014558458068&hl=en Highlights: First few mins: he talks about how technology seamless weaves itself into society as it develops ~44 mins: the timing of such a novel. that four years ago noone would have got it at all and in two years time it’ll be blaze – mundane […]Read more "Stross reads from Halting State (plus Q’n’A)"
from Charlie’s Diary Shaping the future … The big surprise in the 20th century remember that personal jet car? was the redefinition of progress that took place some time between 1950 and 1970. Before 1800, human beings didn’t travel faster than a horse could gallop. The experience of travel was that it was […]Read more "..Shaping the future.."
My thoughts on two new SF books…Read more "Glasshouse vs Rainbows End"