May 31 2012
My friend and neighbor David Brin has outdone himself with his new book, Existence. Here is the trailer:
David has an amazing ability to see the big picture in things, and, as a science fiction writer, a license to write about it. He can be a very frustrating intellectual sparring partner. It seems every time I come up with what I think is a neat new idea, he says, “yes, I wrote a book about that…”
I know a bit of the creative turmoil he went through in getting this out, so congratulations! Our wives have the same first name, and I can just imagine the conversation in the Brin household: “I know you are trying to save humanity, uplift dolphins, and create intergalactic peace. But we need the trash taken out now.”
Here is a sample of the conversations we’ve had. This was on the Singularity and post-humanism with Vernor Vinge, Ben Goetzel, Jamais Cascio, Frederick Turner, David Ellerman, and others.