Recently, Neal Stephenson, Ed Finn, Keith Hjelmstad, Kathryn Cramer, Rudy Rucker, & Annalee Newitz went to Google to speak about Project Hieroglyph, a vision to imagine the an optimistic future. These ideas are encapsulated in the new anthology Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future, described thusly:

Inspired by New York Times bestselling author Neal Stephenson, an anthology of stories, set in the near future, from some of today’s leading writers, thinkers, and visionaries that reignites the iconic and optimistic visions of the golden age of science fiction.

In his 2011 article “Innovation Starvation,” Neal Stephenson argued that we—the society whose earlier scientists and engineers witnessed the airplane, the automobile, nuclear energy, the computer, and space exploration—must reignite our ambitions to think boldly and do Big Stuff. He also advanced the Hieroglyph Theory which illuminates the power of science fiction to inspire the inventive imagination: “Good SF supplies a plausible, fully thought-out picture of an alternate reality in which some sort of compelling innovation has taken place.”

In 2012, Arizona State University established the Center for Science and the Imagination to bring together writers, artists, and creative thinkers with scientists, engineers, and technologists to cultivate and expand on “moon shot ideas” that inspire the imagination and catalyze real-world innovations.

Now comes this remarkable anthology uniting twenty of today’s leading thinkers, writers, and visionaries—among them Cory Doctorow, Gregory Benford, Elizabeth Bear, Bruce Sterling, and Neal Stephenson—to contribute works of “techno-optimism” that challenge us to dream and do Big Stuff. Engaging, mind-bending, provocative, and imaginative, Hieroglyph offers a forward-thinking approach to the intersection of art and technology that has the power to change our world.

Here’s a video of that event.

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Come See Rudy Rucker in San Francisco on Thursday, March 27th

Are you going to be in the San Francisco area on Thursday, March 27th?

Rudy Rucker and Scribd will be teaming up to give away free books to Rudy’s fans and offer them a chance to meet him in person and hear him speak about The Big Aha. Rudy Rucker is regarded as a contemporary master of science fiction. He is a two-time Philip K. Dick award-winner, futurist, mathematician, and artist.

The orgaziers welcome Rudy’s fans and members of the San Francisco reading & writing community to join them. This is sure to be a fun evening!

Event will include:

  • A talk and reading from his newest novel, The Big Aha, which he kicked off with a Kickstarter campaign
  • An audience Q&A
  • A book signing for all attendees
  • A free copy of Rudy Rucker’s The Big Aha

EVENT DETAILS

  • Event: Rudy Rucker, Cyberpunk Legend
  • Date: Thursday, March 27
  • Doors open at 5:30. Event begins at 6PM sharp.
  • Complimentary coffee, tea, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks
  • Free copies of his new book, The Big Aha. We have a limited number, so please arrive on-time.
  • Use #ScribdAuthors to share with friends on social media.

For location and more info, see the event details Eventbrite, Meetup and/or Facebook

VIDEO: Rudy Rucker is Haunted by Philip K. Dick

Enjoy this wonderful video of mathematician, computer scientist, and science fiction author Rudy Rucker speaking at the Philip K. Dick Festival in San Francisco…
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