The Shallows and the Stars

This book’s provocative thesis is that our involvement with the Internet undermines the kind of critical, linear, deep thinking that is inculcated by reading, and replaces it with the reactive, scattered, shallow thinking that comes of skimming Web pages and following links in all directions.  Published in 2011, The Shallows is at least as relevant now, in 2019.  Recommended reading!

My new romantic SF series is set thousands of years from now in an an interstellar city-state and on colonized planets across the stars.  Writing SF like that, I’ve had to think hard about what digital technology and artificial intelligence may ultimately look like.  Well, I haven’t finished thinking. But Witherspin (December 2019) and Starmaze (2020) will explore those questions.

If digital technology ever reached an end point that was truly catastrophic for part of humanity, other human societies will have found another way….

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