Here’s a quick quiz. Imagine a machine that can move you from place to place. Not a plane or a car, but a booth you step into. You tell the machine where you want to go. It takes you there. To you, it seems like no time at all has passed. To everyone else, maybe […]
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You’d think a novel about teleporters (a.k.a. “d-mat”) would be totally sci-fi, but it’s not, I swear. Just about everything in this book either exists right now or is right around the corner. For instance: 1. Put “teleportation” into Google and you’ll find hundreds of links to real science experiments showing that in principle it’s […]
Where have I hear that before? Hmmm. Here’s the headline from Gizmodo: Hey Future New Yorkers, Have Fun Paddling to Work “If you’re planning to live in the Big Apple for the foreseeable future, it’s time to invest in flood insurance and a gondola.” Etc. And here’s Twinmaker chapter 66: “Ahead was the famous skyline […]
I have a confession to make. Newspapers and popular magazines full of ads? I don’t read them. TV channels with ads? I don’t watch them. Not because I’m getting all my media online–I’ll skip ads there too, if I can. And not because I’m angry about being sold stuff–I like targeted ads if they’re for […]