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  1. Fall, or Dodge in Hell | Neal Stephenson

    Neal Stephenson, author of "Fall, or Dodge in Hell", in conversation with Long Now Board Member, Kevin Kelly.

    "Fall, or Dodge in Hell": https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062458711/fall-or-dodge-in-hell/ is pure, unadulterated fun: a grand drama of analog and digital, man and machine, angels and demons, gods and followers, the finite and the eternal. In this exhilarating epic, Neal Stephenson raises profound existential questions and touches on the revolutionary breakthroughs that are transforming our future. Combining the technological, philosophical, and spiritual in one grand myth, he delivers a mind-blowing speculative literary saga for the modern age.

    Neal Stephenson: https://www.nealstephenson.com is the bestselling author of the novels "Reamde", "Anathem", "The System of the World", "The Confusion", "Quicksilver", "Cryptonomicon", "The Diamond Age", "Snow Crash", and "Zodiac", and the groundbreaking nonfiction work "In the Beginning…Was the Command Line." He lives in Seattle, Washington.

    "Neal Stephenson - Fall, or Dodge in Hell " was given on June 06, 02019 as part of The Long Now Foundation’s “Conversations at The Interval” Salon Talks. These hour long talks are recorded live at The Interval, our bar, cafe, & museum in San Francisco. Since 02014 this series has presented…

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  2. Conversations with Tyler: Neal Stephenson on Depictions of Reality

    If you want to speculate on the development of tech, no one has a better brain to pick than Neal Stephenson. Across more than a dozen books, he’s created vast story worlds driven by futuristic technologies that have both prophesied and even provoked real-world progress in crypto, social networks, and the creation of the web itself. Though Stephenson insists he’s more often wrong than right, his technical sharpness has even led to a half-joking suggestion that he might be Satoshi Nakamoto, the shadowy creator of bitcoin. His latest novel, Fall; or, Dodge in Hell, involves a more literal sort of brain-picking, exploring what might happen when digitized brains can find a second existence in a virtual afterlife.

    So what’s the implicit theology of a simulated world? Might we be living in one, and does it even matter? Stephenson joins Tyler to discuss the book and more, including the future of physical surveillance, how clothing will evolve, the kind of freedom you could expect on a Mars colony, whether today’s media fragmentation is trending us towards dystopia, why the Apollo moon landings were communism’s greatest triumph, whether we’re in a permanent secular innovation starvation, Leibniz as a philosopher, Dickens and Heinlein as writers, and what storytelling has to do with giving good driving directions.

    http://cowenconvos.libsyn.com/neal-stephenson

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  3. 107. Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland (Authors) – The Garden of Forking Paths

    Today, for the first time, we welcome TWO guests to Think Again – writers Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland – and talk to them from New York to a Los Angeles hotel room over a horrible wi-fi connection. And it all works out beautifully. Nicole’s typically a writer of historical fiction including The Fool’s Tale and Iago, and Neil’s known for complex, speculative science fiction  including Seveneaves, Snow Crash, and many other novels. Together, they’ve written a new novel: The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. – a massive and massively entertaining epic involving magic, time travel,  quantum physics, secret government organizations, and an ancient banking family called the Fuggers — with all of the jokes that implies.In this episode, we delve into Schroedinger’s Cat, why humans make such terrible decisions, and how linear a story has to be to be a story at all. Surprise conversation starter interview clips in this episode:Salman Rushdie on video games and the future of storytelling, Robert Sapolsky on brain regions and impulse control.

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  4. Neal Stephenson at The Interval at Long Now | San Francisco

    "SEVENEVES at The Interval reading and signing": A special daytime talk by celebrated speculative fiction author
 Neal Stephenson on the occassion of his just released novel "SEVENEVES". After a reading, Long Now co-founder Stewart Brand joins Neal to discuss the research and writing of the new book, plus a little bit about what is coming next.

    https://theinterval.org/salon-talks/02015/may/21/seveneves-interval-reading-and-signing

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  5. Neal Stephenson, “Seveneves”

    Neil Stephenson’s novels, including The Baroque Trilogy and Reamde, are a dazzling blend of imagination and science, philosophy and history. His new novel, SEVENEVES, starts with the end of the world. This epic follows the descendants of the exiled Earthlings to their new outpost at the far reaches of the cosmos. The population grows, divides into seven races and ultimately returns to the long-abandoned home, which is unlike anything they have previously experienced.

    Founded by Carla Cohen and Barbara Meade in 1984, Politics & Prose Bookstore is Washington, D.C.’s premier independent bookstore and cultural hub, a gathering place for people interested in reading and discussing books. Politics & Prose offers superior service, unusual book choices, and a haven for book lovers in the store and online. Visit them on the web at http://www.politics-prose.com/

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  6. The Great Debate: THE STORYTELLING OF SCIENCE (OFFICIAL) - (Part 2/2)

    Link to Part 1 (of 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_J4QPz

    Join the Origins Project at ASU for the final night in the Origins Stories weekend, focused on the science of storytelling and the storytelling of science. The Storytelling of Science will feature a panel of esteemed scientists, public intellectuals, and award-winning writers including well-known science educator Bill Nye, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, theoretical physicist Brian Greene, Science Friday’s Ira Flatow, popular science fiction writer Neal Stephenson, executive director of the World Science Festival Tracy Day, and Origins Project director Lawrence Krauss as they discuss the stories behind cutting edge science from the origin of the universe to a discussion of exciting technologies that will change our future. They will demonstrate how to convey the excitement of science and the importance helping promote a public understanding of science. The panel discussion is sure to be a provocative and entertaining finale to our Origins Stories events. We look forward to seeing you there!

    VIdeo by Black Chalk Productions.

    Get the most recent updates from the Origins Project by following us on Facebook /ASUOriginsProject and Twitter @asuORIGINS. Contact origins.project@asu.eduwith questions.

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  7. The Great Debate: THE STORYTELLING OF SCIENCE (OFFICIAL) - (Part 1/2)

    Link to Part 2 (of 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40YIIaF1qiw

    The Origins Project at ASU presents the final night in the Origins Stories weekend, focusing on the science of storytelling and the storytelling of science. The Storytelling of Science features a panel of esteemed scientists, public intellectuals, and award-winning writers including well-known science educator Bill Nye, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, theoretical physicist Brian Greene, Science Friday’s Ira Flatow, popular science fiction writer Neal Stephenson, executive director of the World Science Festival Tracy Day, and Origins Project director Lawrence Krauss as they discuss the stories behind cutting edge science from the origin of the universe to a discussion of exciting technologies that will change our future. They demonstrate how to convey the excitement of science and the importance helping promote a public understanding of science.

    Video by Black Chalk Productions

    Get the most recent updates from the Origins Project by following us on Facebook /ASUOriginsProject and Twitter @asuORIGINS. Contact origins.project@asu.eduwith questions.

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  8. Bookotron: Neal Stephenson Crafts an Eden for ‘Seveneves’

    ‘Seveneves’ is a big book in every sense; it clocks in at over 800 pages, the events are momentous, the all-too-real characters confront apocalypse, and the ideas are authentically astounding.

    But don’t let its size fool you. This is a page-turning thriller that you’re likely to finish all too quickly. It’s the epitome of both classic science extrapolation and post-cyberpunk transhumanism. Don’t just hold on to your seats; hold on to your brains.

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  9. Agony Column Podcast: A 2015 Interview with Neal Stephenson

    It’s fun talking to Neal Stephenson about his books because he puts so much clear-headed cogitation into them — and he’s able to discuss not just what he says, but how he came to say it the way he says it. ‘Seveneves’ is a big book that reads like a gripping 300-page thriller. But it is first and foremost a science fiction novel of what Joe R. Lansdale called ‘big thinks." In other words, get ready to have your mind boggled. If Stanley Kubrick was around, we could only hope that he’d take up this one as a bookend for 2001.

    I had a lot of very specific questions about this particular book. The doomsday scenario that Stephenson devises is just totally delicious, and I definitely wanted to explore the how and why of that piece of invention. Stephenson is a refreshingly pragmatic writer, really down-to-earth for a fellow who writes so much and so well about humans in space. I had to ask about orbital mechanics, which inspires some of the best techno-literature you’re likely to read in this decade.

    Also on the plate was Stephenson’s unique take on the space ark. It was nice to know he sees it as a sub-genre, and just as nice to see him take that sub-genre in a new direction. He also has some fun with humanity at war in the future and competing schools of thought. For all the evil the science denial movement has wrought, there is this bright spot of literary compensation. It’s an accomplishment that is not to be underestimated.

    Neal Stephenson is still having fun, and he makes sure his readers and listeners do as well. For all his invention and imagination, when you hear him talk, he sounds very much the scientist. He has a clipped precision to his speech. If doomsday is around the corner (it’s been there since 1945time immemorial, and hasn’t budged), here’s the man we want looking into workarounds. Stephenson and I talked about hi use of here-and-now tech in the book, a very deliberate limitation that plays out as giddy fun for readers.

    http://www.bookotron.com/agony/news/2015/06-22-15-podcast.htm#podcast062615

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