Archive for the 'Future Shock' Category

Science Marches On

Another repost from the mysterious elsewhere: Climate Change Predictions “But of course, within a few years, nobody rode horses except for sport. And in 2000, France was getting 80 percent of its power from an energy source that was unknown in 1900. Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, and Japan were getting more than 30 percent from this […]

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Christmas Doom

I posted this elsewhere, but I thought it fit well with this site’s general thematic approach, so I’m reposting it here:   All I want for Christmas is DOOM The engine of economics is driven by scarcity. A basic definition of “economics” is given by Thomas Sowell (PBUH, may he live a thousand years), which […]

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Money Talks While Dead Tree Dies

Another Nail in the Coffin | madgeniusclub But the Amazon story first. On the 16th of this month, the New York Times published an article about Amazon bypassing publishers and signing authors to contracts to publish through Amazon. For some months now, Amazon has been introducing “imprints”. Several well-known authors signed exclusive publishing contracts with […]

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Hanging the Hat of Your Self Esteem on the Fact of Dead Tree Publication

Unringing The Bell | madgeniusclub At cons, I still run into authors who look down on self-published authors. I still run into authors who parrot the line about how much the publisher is investing in them: when it is patently obvious they’re lost in mid-list hell; I still run into authors who say “if you […]

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A Glimpse of What Is Coming Over the Next Horizon For Books (and Writers)

This drew a great deal of discussion over at Daily Pundit, but I thought it would work well here, too. Daily Pundit » Just As The Map Is Not the Territory, The Book Is Not the Story Boston Review — Richard Nash and Matt Runkle: Revaluing the Book Why do we think that a person […]

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