(Here's a rough draft of my semi-annual circular that I'll be mailing out next week. Figured I might as well test it online here. Let me know (in comments) if anything needs tweaking or if I left anything out. Oh, and note especially item#1!)
1) MY NEW NEW HISTORY CHANNEL SHOW!
In North America: tune in for the premiere of -- “The ArchiTechs!”
PREMIERE: Wednesday, October 11 11:00 PM
REPEATS: October 12 at 3 AM & October 14 at 11:00 AM
Here is what the History Channel says about this bold new show:
"Five geniuses are challenged: innovate fire rescue and evacuation tools for skyscraper disasters... and do it in 48 hours! Watch a small team of designers and visionaries form a high-tech think tank, racing the clock to shape bold, over-the-horizon designs for the future. With unprecedented cooperation from New York's regional fire departments, show#1 culminates in a dramatic presentation to Former FDNY Commissioner Thomas Von Essen, one of the heroes of 9/11.... "
Whew! If ratings are good, this exciting series will send our dynamic (and handsome) team tackling more rapid "innovation makeover" challenges, ranging from spaceflight to eco-power to creating "the next humvee." (We went zooming around the desert, interviewing Special Forces, dissecting hummers, then created a wholly new design, all at behest of a four-star general.)
Help spread the word about this breakthrough in entertaining and smart/informative television!
2) LATEST NONFICTION!
Do you like provocative arguments about popular culture? Then have I got a treat for you. Star Wars on Trial : Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Debate the Most Popular Science Fiction Films of All Time (Smart Pop series) by David Brin (Prosecutor) and MW Stover (Defense) along with two dozen wonderfully articulate authors, "testifying" for either side. Does the series spread doom-pessimism about democracy? Has it been a let-down since "The Empire Strikes Back"? Does it even make any sense? Pick up a copy and be prepared for a wild, extravagant "trial" - brash fun!
Also, see OTHER NONFICTION DELIGHTS! Essays and stories published exclusively at www.Amazon.Com/Shorts (Now on my website.)
About a coming “technological singularity”
About "human adaptability" vs cynicism
Panic was the LAST trait that Americans exhibited on 9/11
Predictive hits of my novel EARTH
...and see a ton of other interesting topics at: http://www.davidbrin.com
3) LATEST FICTION!
I helped launch a major new online venture in science fiction publishing, UNIVERSE Magazine, founded by the late, great Jim Baen. This is the best thing to happen to SF publishing in years! A small subscription gives you many times your money's worth in top stories, by top authors.
Drop by for my new serial-comedy... THE ANCIENT ONES! It is - quite immodestly -- the funniest thing you've read in years! (After a few more chapters, I'll send it in to be a book.)
STILL HOT: My big graphic novel - The Life Eaters - was a finalist for the big prize in France, where they really know and love this art form. Have a look!
And yes, it's been a while since the last major "Brin novel." Hey, life's busy. For example, I just got a 126 claim patent on completely new ways that people can interact online. Maybe you'll be using these innovations in just a year or two!
Still, I am eager to return "home" to novels... and just wait till you see the next big one! It will be worth the wait.
4) OTHER MATTERS
Anyone having trouble accessing http://www.davidbrin.com can try http://www.davidbrin.NET
Does your group need an inexpensive speaker about "the future"? See www.SpecSpeakers.com. For classier (but pricier) speeches with that visionary flair...
Keep eyes open for news about a "Year of SF and the Future in Asia" - with events in both Japan and China!
Here's hoping that we all finally get over the Y2K trauma and start remembering our real job in this civilization... to make the 21st Century a time of boldness, of science and adventure, of honesty and problem-solving, of tolerance, pragmatism and innovation!
We are the descendants and heirs of explorers.
With best wishes, for a confident and ambitious Third Millennium.
PS. Interested in joining a vivid online discussion group? Drop by: http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/. Meanwhile do keep an eye open at http://www.davidbrin.com/ for news and (always) quirky-but-interesting views of the future!