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The importance of science fiction to entrepreneurship

Ben Narasin Crunch Network Contributor Ben Narasin was an entrepreneur for 25 years, a seed investor for 8 and is now a VC as a General Partner at Canvas Ventures. More posts by this contributor: How to join the network There are three types of science fiction (in my view): crap, serialized crap and hard-science science fiction. The last type contains a wealth of visions of the …

Flying Saucers are Real! Anthology of the lost saucer-craze

Jack Womack is an accomplished science fiction writer and part of the first wave of cyberpunks; he’s also one of the world’s foremost collectors of flying saucer ephemera: the zines, cheap paperbacks, and esoteric material associated with the saucer-craze, a virtually forgotten, decades-long global mania that features livestock mutilations, abductions, messages of intergalactic brotherhood, claims of both divine and satanic origins, and psychic phenomena.  …

Jo Walton's "Informal History of the Hugos" coming July 2017

Tor will collect Jo Walton’s excellent series of essays on the winners and nominees of the past Hugos in a book called An Informal History of the Hugos coming in July 2017. The Hugo Awards have been the locus of controversy thanks to a multi-year assault by alt-right/white supremacist groups who argued that the small number of nominees whose work featured diverse …

R2-D2 French press pot

Thinkgeek’s $40 R2D2 French press coffee-pot starts shipping in early November, in time for Xmas delivery. Holds 32oz, BPA-free, and the carafe is dishwasher safe. Star Wars R2-D2 Coffee Press report this ad The Grid Kit makes a range of DIY toys that you punch out of precut cardboard sheets, glue-gun and assemble; the finished toys have working …

Everything Change: free anthology of prizewinning climate fiction

Arizona State University’s Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative held a short story contest to write “climate fiction,” judged by Kim Stanley Robinson and others; now the best stories have been collected in a free downloadable ebook that includes a forward by Robinson, and an interview with Paolo Bacigalupi. * Kim Stanley Robinson, Foreword * Manjana Milkoreit, Meredith Martinez, and Joey Eschrich, Editors’ Introduction  …

AT-AT cardigan

70% cotton/30% nylon, sized S-XXL, $40 from Thinkgeek. report this ad Eric Hashbargar’s weird, laser-engraved dice are a tour-de-force: a pair of D6s for figuring out where to go for dinner in NYC; another D6 to figure out which die you should roll; an all-20s critical hit D20; Sicherman D6s that have different faces to a normal D6 pair, but the same probability distribution; punctuation …

Gibsonian cyberspace deck built on rebooted Commodore 64 and Raspberry Pi

Gibsonian cyberspace deck built on rebooted Commodore 64 and Raspberry Pi / Boing Boing D10D3 built this “cyberdeck” on a C64c (a modern recreation of the Commmodore 64) with a Raspberry Pi CPU, VGA port, and all the I/O you could ask for (USB/Bluetooth/wifi/Ethernet). But that’s just the hardware specs: what makes this great is the physical design — ooh, especially those stickers, …

SF writer Peter Watts needs help diagnosing mysterious, debilitating illness

Blue writes, “Peter Watts has be stricken with debilitating pain, loss of range of motion and motor control. Watts’ doctors remain baffled despite a battery of tests, and Watts has reached out to his fans to ask for their theories and ideas as to what might be causing his illness.” Peter is a friend and has been given some incredibly bad beats …

Gorgeous pulp-fiction editions of Gaiman's Anansi Boys, Neverwhere and American Gods

Gorgeous pulp-fiction editions of Gaiman’s Anansi Boys, Neverwhere and American Gods / Boing Boing Now there are three: Neil Gaiman’s best-loved novels are being re-released with gorgeous pulp covers; back in August, it was American Gods, in a month you’ll be able to marry it up with the stupendous Anansi Boys, to be followed in November by Neverwhere (painted by Robert E McGinnis, lettering …