Newsletter No.87 — Jul 28, 2019

The Hidden Costs of Automated Thinking / Sci-Fi and an Uncertain Future / Past Futures / ‘Mind-Blowing Potential’ to Tackle Climate Crisis

Welcome back! A few admin notes to begin; I redid the Sentiers homepage with some new copy and more emphasis on the idea of Thought Partnership, please have a look if you’re curious. I also wrote an article about how I see that practice. There’s also a new version of the patron support page, if you are getting value from this weekly newsletter, please consider sharing with your friends and colleagues or joining our group of patrons.

I read three books over the break. As you can see below, I accidentally didn’t stray far from Sentiers topics, all three are stories about a “jackpottish” near future and all three are pretty bleak. They are also all recommended and all by interesting people doing excellent non-fiction work as well, decrypting our current situation and futures.

  • Infinite Detail, Tim Maughan. Gibsonian (sorry!) in topics and in the pleasure of reading as well as the feeling of being there.
  • Autonomous, Annalee Newitz. Going on the Cory Doctorow - Rudy Rucker shelf. Fun and makes you think. (Also interesting for the uncommon Canadian settings.)
  • Everything Belongs to the Future, Laurie Penny. ”Time is a weapon wielded by the rich, who have excess of it.”

Since I caught up on three weeks of readings, this is a pretty hefty issue. The miscellany section is especially strong this time around. To read even more, head over to kottke.org during the week, where I’ll be doing a second stint as guest editor (actually, a few articles in this issue come from Jason).