in the 70s we had carl sagan as our prominent science evangelist, a man who did significant astrophysics research, got himself arrested several times protesting nuclear weapons development, and was primarily concerned with how science could be used to uplift human dignity. in the 20s we have richard dawkins, an old racist bat
I wrote a long, dense three-part essay about Sri Lanka, Sinhala Buddhist politics, and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. It starts here: https://vajra.me/2019/12/31/abyss-brink-blood-and-dust-part-1-of-3/
I'm very happy with it: I was hoping that starting a Patreon would actually help me write more in-depth exploratory essays and it seems that this is working! How rare is it to plan something and then actually have it work?
Everything is shit but this thread about a 9 year old entrepreneur in Lahore and my friend Musharraf, who enters into a business partnership with him, is pure delight.
A long and fascinating article on Ken Liu and his translations of of works by Chinese SF writers. It also goes into some details on how he navigates the translations of political statements that Chinese writers may obscure in their writings to get past the censors.
Here for the apocalypse
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