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 […]

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IT’S NOT A WAR, IT’S A RESCUE MISSION! [re-released from the archives]

This is a re-release of my essay It’s Not A War, It’s A Rescue Mission – originally published on the now defunct website,, March 7th, 2011. Also available in this PDF version – (thanks lizbt!) And translated into Spanish, courtesy of @Rabbitz – No es una guerra, es una misión de rescate [PDF] – I’ve chosen to publish this […]

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William Gibson on sci-fi cinema | BFI

In his BFI Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder keynote lecture [CLICK THROUH FOR EMBEDDED VIDEO], acclaimed author William Gibson joins novelist Nick Harkaway to discuss cinematic cyberpunk and the origins of the term cyberspace. Gibson also reveals his love of District 9 (2009) and reflects upon his experience writing for The X-Files.

On how he came to invent cyberspace as setting for his fiction:

“by the late 70s I had a very jaundiced view of the last little while of popular imagined futures and I wanted… it wasn’t resonant for me, if nothing else. I wanted to find something else that was more resonant, for me, of the possible.”

* the goo of District 9’s weapons as the future of interface to data via clarkean magix

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Transmissions of a Cosmic Anthropologist is ready for your podcatching apps

The first full length episode of my new podcast is online. You can listen to it at the embed below. There’s detailed show notes over on my tumblr. It’s all about TIME and features special-guest @Wolven. You can subscribe to the podcast at the following locations: iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Feedburner I’ve opened up a feedback […]

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Gibson on Google

(Caching this important piece here for posterity..) Google’s Earth By WILLIAM GIBSON I actually think most people don’t want Google to answer their questions,” said the search giant’s chief executive, Eric Schmidt, in a recent and controversial interview. “They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.” Do we really desire Google […]

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