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 […]

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 […]

Thoughtcrime 021: War Against the Machines Part 1

This is part 1 of an extended talk on the inevitable war against the machines. In this episode we talk automation and what it means for our economy but also our civilization. We discuss the dystopian future of WALL-E, The Time Machine, and others. We also go on a couple tangents such as the food […]