Abraham Riesman interviewed William Gibson for Vulture and they talked about dystopias: How do you account for the recent surge in popular fiction about the collapse of civilization into dystopia or Armageddon? This could be a case of consumers of a particular kind of pop culture trying to tell us something, alas. Seriously, what I […]
The Verge interviewed Andy Weir, author of The Martian, about his new book, Artemis: I started by developing the city itself. I really wanted to write a story that takes place on humanity’s first off-world home, the beginnings of humanity’s colonization of the Solar System, that kind of thing. I wanted to define the city […]
Your Brain on Fiction: The brain, it seems, does not make much of a distinction between reading about an experience and encountering it in real life; in each case, the same neurological regions are stimulated. Keith Oatley, an emeritus professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto (and a published novelist), has proposed that […]
John Biggs sees the tipping point for self-publishing coming soon: I’ve gone all in with the Indie publishing movement – I’ve released three books myself and I’ve done relatively well with all of them. But the fact still remains that the entire business of books is stacked against the Indie author. While the tools are […]
What’s the point of contributing to a website if you can’t use it to sell your shit? With that in mind, I hereby announce that my second book, The Blasted Lands, is now available in the Kindle store for $3.99 in the U.S., and adjusted in other markets. The Blasted Lands is a followup to […]
We may now have a new “most unread best seller of all time.” Data from Amazon Kindles suggests that that honor may go to Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” which reached No. 1 on the best-seller list this year. Jordan Ellenberg, a professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, wrote in […]
I’ll admit that upon seeing the cover of Stan Parish’s debut, Down the Shore, I was unsure I’d peel the cover back to see what was inside. The silhouettes of two surfers carrying their boards had me thinking that, at best, this would be the story of some dudes finding themselves in some sort of […]
—attributed to George Orwell by Steve Almond in yesterday’s Sunday Times Magazine
seen in Kurt Vonnegut’s Timequake, but thanks goes to sharp-eyed reader Patricia Miller, who correctly attributed these lines to Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.
Speaking of poetry and code, below is my favorite poem by e.e. cummings.