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Climate change invades literature – say hello to Cli Fi

By Kieran Cooke / Climate News Network LONDON—It’s some time in the not too distant future. The American mid-west has turned into a dust bowl. Birds are dropping out of the sky. Cities are encapsulated in domes so that people can breathe clean, if recycled, air. Billions of refugees, victims of drought and famine, are […]

December 29th

A fiscal conservative calls suburban sprawl a Ponzi scheme

By Kaid Benfield, NRDC While my concern with sprawling growth patterns is rooted in their effect on the landscape, on the environment, and on severely compromised populations left behind, Chuck Marohn is all about the money. As his book Thoughts on Building Strong Towns makes quite clear, Chuck believes that sprawl is a Ponzi scheme and […]

September 18th

David Brin talks to Geekwire about the world of tomorrow

By David Brin Journalist-author and entrepreneur Frank Catalano took advantage of my book tour for Existence, in order to pin me down with questions about everything from sci fi to human destiny, in this interview that first appeared on Geekwire. Frank Catalano (FC): What is right with Science Fiction Today? David Brin (DB):  Science Fiction has so flooded into […]

July 24th

Joseph Stiglitz says we should invest our money in a goddamn parachute

By SCOTT COONEY  Joseph E. Stiglitz, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, is the bestselling author of Globalization and its Discontents,Making Globalization Work, and, with Linda Bilmes, The Three Trillion Dollar War. Most recently, Stiglitz authored Freefall, a book about America, free markets, and the sinking of the world economy. Stiglitz is a vocal critic not necessarily of […]

June 14th

A final message of hope from Ecotopia author Ernest Callenbach

Epistle to the Ecotopians By Ernest Callenbach [This document was found on the computer of Ecotopia author Ernest Callenbach (1929-2012) after his death.] To all brothers and sisters who hold the dream in their hearts of a future world in which humans and all other beings live in harmony and mutual support — a world of sustainability, stability, […]

David Brin: What can we do about the GOP war on science?

By David Brin . Increasingly, scientific consensus is failing to influence public policy. Facts, statistics and data appear insufficient to change highly politicized minds… and science has started scrutinizing why.Alas now, this topic inevitably devolves down to our screwy American politics. And while (as I avow repeatedly) every political wing has its anti-science flakes, growing mountains of evidence […]

March 12th

Eagle Poem

One for the Holiday… Eagle Poem By Joy Harjo To pray you open your whole self To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon To one whole voice that is you. And know there is more That you can’t see, can’t hear Can’t know except in moments Steadily growing, and in languages That aren’t always […]

December 25th

David Brin: Why the Occupy Wall Street kids are better than the #$%! Spartans

By David Brin (Originally posted at Contrary Brin) A few days ago, the famous comic book writer and illustrator Frank Miller issued a howl of hatred toward the young people in the Occupy Wall Street movement.  Well, all right, that’s a bowdlerization. After reading even one randomly-chosen paragraph, I’m sure you’ll agree that  “howl” understates the red-hot fury […]

November 14th

Alice Walker pens two new poems for Occupy Wall Street

More than 2,000 writers have signed on to support Occupy Wall Street at the OccupyWriters website. Here is the contribution by Alice Walker, civil rights activist, poet, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, The Color Purple. “If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for.” – Alice Walker the joyful […]

November 8th