A ten gallon hat! That's what you get for donating 10 gallons of blood! (Across the span of some years...) And a nice little plaque. Match that! Schedule an appointment through your local Red Cross or Blood Bank.
My short story The Giving Plague explored a creepy-hopeful-scary scenario wherein blood donation changes the future of humanity... (it's free on Kindle or my website).
== Recent and upcoming honors ==
The Potomac Institute’s Navigator Awards recognize individuals who have sought bold solutions to national challenges. I am honored to be one of this year’s three recipients, along with Congressman Mac Thornberry and Alan Shaffer, Director of the office at NATO that coordinate R&D toward defense and civilian progress. Past recipients include leaders in government service as well as science & technology pioneers like Elon Musk. My citation is for shaking up assumptions by constructing “unconventional settings and raise serious questions about the nature of humanity, the fate of Earth, and other cosmic considerations.” A big gala event in DC. I'll have pictures soon.
Also in October 2015 I’ll be the first annual National Endowment for the Humanities/Hannah Arendt Center Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Bard College, and keynoter at Bard’s October 15-16 conference: What do we lose when we lose our privacy? with a Skyped appearance by Edward Snowden.
== Insightful gab or hot air? ==
The Future Seen Through the Eyes of a Writer: I was onstage with epic Sci Fi novelist and AI theoretician Ramez Naam (author of the chilling near-future Nexus), as well as Peter Schwartz (author of The Art of the Long View) discussing possibilities about what lies beyond tomorrow, at the huge Dreamforce Conference in San Francisco, September 2015. Here's a clip of the video from the event.
Join me in New York City: Is Science Fiction the Science of the Future? An evening meet-up with the Philip K. Dick Festival in Manhattan on October 12 at 7 pm.
Problem-solving for a better future: I'll make a remote appearance at The Future of Politics conference in Oakland October 18, sponsored by IEET and the Brighter Brains Institute. Speakers include James Hughes, Hank Pellissier, and Jay Cornell. Register here.
Where you can find me next month: My travels include New York, Washington DC, Seattle, Amsterdam, and Dallas... Check my website for updates ... or follow me on Twitter.
== Brin Sampler ==
I frequently answer questions on Quora. Join the often thought-provoking discussions over there, with queries like: Why hasn't there been a coup d'etat in the United States.
Trekspertise released a nicely edited, image-rich video of a talk I gave exploring: What is Science Fiction? See more articles and Speculations on Science Fiction.
At the borderlands between science and science fiction are the highly elevated interviews of Robert Lawrence Kuhn’s “Closer to Truth” television series. I was honored to be included along with mavens like Francisco Ayala, Paul Davies Max Tegmark, Alan Guth and so on. In this mashup, Kuhn alternates some of my excerpts with those of Nick Bostrom, Martin Rees, Marvin Minsky and Ray Kurzweil, creating in effect a debate over whether or not we are currently living in a simulation. See Is Our Universe a Fake? nicely repackaged by Space.com. Or browse the list of insightful topics at the show’s main site.
== Samples! Free samples! (heh heh)
Warning, you’ll be hooked! Do not read this sampler from Brightness Reef! About Alvin and Huck and their pals, in the lost colony of Jijo. Where refugees from six races hide from the sky… but a set of alien teenagers make a weird discovery…
"The most light-hearted serious science fiction novel I've read." -- Vernor Vinge.
== Miscellaneous News ==
Contrary Space: Listen to my episode on Robot Overlords.
Arte Mudou o Mundo: the article is in Portuguese, but my video interviews are in English.