Now that the semester is starting, I will have less time to read things on the internet. So here’s one last link dump for the summer.
Nuclear and Environment
Maria Temming, “Geoengineering Won’t Save Us: Why It Can’t Halt the Effects of Climage Change by Itself.”
Claire L. Evans, “Climate Change Is so Dire We Need a New Kind of Science Fiction to Change It.”
Alan Taylor, “A World without People.”
Bill McKibben, “The Pope and the Planet.”
Mark Soderstrom, “Unequal Universes.”
And Kenneth Chang, “World Will not End Next Month, NASA Says.”
Brandon Shimoda, ed., The Volta, no. 56, and April Naoko Heck, “Dispatch from Hiroshima.”
Sam Stein, “July Was The Hottest Month Ever; Cable News Barely Noticed.”
I just received (from R. for xmas) and am looking forward to reading Craig Child’s Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth, which I imagine will fit nicely w/ this Wikipedia entry on the far future. The number of catastrophic things that have happened and will happen to the earth really dwarfs most anthropic notions of time, disaster, and crisis.
And on the other side of this spectrum, check out The Long Now Foundation.
I’m currently discussing DFW’s “E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction” with my freshman English class, and so of course it was quite appropriate that Christy Wampole just wrote an opinion piece in Saturday’s New York Times, “How to Live Without Irony.”
In hyperarchival news:
To address this issue, the Wikimedia Foundation is collaborating with JSTOR, a service of the not-for-profit organization ITHAKA, to provide 100 of the most active Wikipedia editors with free access to the complete archive collections on JSTOR, including more than 1,600 academic journals, primary source documents and other works. The authors who will receive accounts have collectively written more than 100,000 Wikipedia articles to date. Access to JSTOR, which is one of the most popular sources on English Wikipedia, will allow these editors to further fill in the gaps in the sum of all human knowledge.
And The New Yorker has a piece by Gary Marcus on “Ray Kurzweil’s Dubious New Theory of Mind.”
 There are two things to note about this link: 1) it links to a .pdf of the original Review of Contemporary Fiction piece from 1993, so is (perhaps) slightly different than its final appearance in A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again (1997), and 2) it is dedicated to “M.M. Karr” (Mary Karr), which takes on all sorts of different significances in the wake of Max’s biography of DFW.
So, in commemoration of today’s 100th post on this blog (i.e. the last post), I’d like to provide a LINK to my name now officially being on Wikipedia. This is for an award I received in Poland this last weekend at the 2011 SFRA Conference that I sadly could not attend. It was a Student Paper Award given for my paper, “Tales of Archival Crisis: Stephenson’s Reimagining of the Post-Apocalyptic Frontier,” which I delivered at the 2010 SFRA Conference.
The following fascinating hyperarchival video takes the Wikipedia entries on historical events that are tagged w/ global coordinates and makes a dynamic visualization of cross-referencing them.