Dreamworks—Spirit in the Dark An Essay from Excursions from the Far Side of the Mind by Howard Rheingold Hindsight is 20-20. In 1986, I was designing dreamwork software for Activision before a couple of unscrupulous developers killed the project by spending money they were given to code my designs on other projects. I didn’t trademark … Continue reading Dreamworks (from Excursions to the Far Side of the Mind)
March 30, 2012 — Mill Valley, California
Stillpoint Digital Press (stillpointdigital.com) announced the publication of its first title, Excursions to the Far Side of the Mind: A Book of Memes by Howard Rheingold.
Renowned for exploring the social implications of modern technology, Howard Rheingold has been called by MIT “the first citizen of the Internet.” In these funny, prescient, thought-provoking essays, originally published during the 1970s and 1980s, he casts a glimpse into the changes wrought during that explosive period. From the effects of the graphic user interface (GUI) not only on how we work but how we think, to “tecnharchist” movements that presaged both the hacker mentality and the anarchist idealism of Burning Man of today, to a ground-floor view of the very earliest of what Rheingold was the first to dub virtual communities, his Excursions run the gamut from the silly to the profound.
So, remember the news I’ve been hinting at? Here it is: The Human Face of Digital Publishing The ebook explosion has promised a new relationship between authors and their readers—one that is more immediate and personal. And yet writers looking to take advantage of this new medium find themselves in a familiar bind: either seek … Continue reading Stillpoint Digital Press:
So, I’m creating a new website. And it’s got blogs and stuff. And I thought I’d crosslink it to my Livejournal (and thence, hopefully, to my Facebook account.) Why, you ask? Well… Um… I can’t tell you yet. But I will. Soon. I promise. 🙂
Big things are happening here at the Stillpoint! (Well, not at THE stillpoint — because that’s the point of the stillpoint, after all. Still….) We are looking forward to the release of our first titles on April 1. Keep checking here at stillpointdigital.com for news. You can also follow us on our Facebook page.
Last night I finished Inheritance, the fourth and final volume of Christopher Paolini’s young adult fantasy adventure series of the same name (but more commonly known by the name of the first book and main character, Eragon). I enjoyed the book—it’s fast-moving, epic, and well-written. But I find myself feeling vaguely unsatisfied, and trying to … Continue reading Eragon – The Real Thing?
So I’ve had this experience a number of times in the past few weeks: someone starts talking about this wonderful Joseph Campbell book they’ve read, Pathways to Bliss… And I find myself feeling very shy. Here’s the thing. Part of me is tickled pink—I spent two years of my life on the bloody book, and … Continue reading Editor! Editor!
Many of us are familiar at this point with what is known as fanfiction, a largely internet-based genre in which writers of every level of ability apply their skills to worlds and characters created by others. At worst, they offer amateurs a chance to allow their imaginations to play in fields plowed by more skilled … Continue reading Lavinia: The Aeneiad Brought to Life
After the first book in the series, Jim Butcher established a pattern in his Harry Dresden novels. In each volume, detective/wizard Dresden faces off against another genus in the family of magical beasties. In the second volume, it was werewolves; in the third, it was vampires. This time around, he is confronted with creatures which … Continue reading Summer Knight: These Faeries Are Not All Sweetness and Light