New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

– By J.W. Fox – Kim Stanley Robinson is a perfect example of an author who uses fiction as a means of articulating his political opinions. Look no further than his latest novel,New York 2140. Sadly, the novel is a failure both as a work of fiction and political commentary. The best way to describe […]

Thoughtcrime 50: Nineteen Eighty-Four Revisited

  It has been 68 years since George Orwell’s classic was published. Arguably the greatest dystopian novel of all time, its insights into totalitarianism helped generations better understand the nightmares of the modern world. Nuclear weapons, communism, and technological breakthroughs reshaped the world but at the time of the novel’s publication, it was unclear what […]

Trekonomics by Manu Saadia

– By J.W. Fox – There are countless books about Star Trek out there, but if you were interested in reading about the economics of the future, there is only one. Academic and longtime Trekkie Manu Saadia examines the economic system of the United Federation of Planets in his book Trekonomics: The Economics of Star […]

Thoughtcrime 033: How to Make the Future Not Suck

  Jon and I discuss the utopian visions of Gene Roddenberry and Jacque Fresco, and try to come up with a few ideas of our own on how to make the future not suck. Here are links to some of the things we discussed: The Venus Project – https://www.thevenusproject.com/ Earth Ship – http://earthship.com/ Slingshot Water […]