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Chasing Shadows

Chasing Shadows

Visions of Our Coming Transparent World

David Brin and Stephen W. Potts

Tor Books

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David Brin, Hugo award-winning author of The Uplift War, presents Chasing Shadows, a collection of short stories and essays by other science fiction luminaries. As we debate Internet privacy, revenge porn, the NSA, and Edward Snowden, cameras get smaller, faster, and more numerous. Has Orwell's Big Brother finally come to pass? Or have we become a global society of thousands of Little Brothers—watching, judging, and reporting on one another?

Partnering with the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, and inspired by Brin's nonfiction book The Transparent Society, noted author and futurist David Brin and scholar Stephen Potts have compiled essays and short stories from writers such as Robert J. Sawyer, James Morrow, William Gibson, Damon Knight, Jack McDevitt, and many others to examine the benefits and pitfalls of technologic transparency in all its permutations.


INTRODUCTION


PRIVATE LIVES


JAMES GUNN


We look upon the current debate between privacy and the various forms of technology-driven surveillance as a contemporary issue, but it seems to be...

Praise for Chasing Shadows

Praise for Chasing Shadows

"Entertaining and provocative, and piercingly relevant for our own time."—Toronto Star

“This anthology satisfies on many levels. . . . If we enter the transparent world with any kind of foreknowledge, it will be due to well-conceived and well-executed projects such as this one.”—Locus

Praise for David Brin's The Transparent Society

“As you follow his argument for two-way social transparency, you realize your only hope is that he is right.” —George B. Dyson, author of Darwin Among the Machines

“Brin expounds upon his belief that people need to keep watch on snooping governments, employers, insurance companies, and so on. . . . In assessing the current state of affairs, Brin divulges a barrage of ways and means of monitoring electronic transmissions.” —Science News

"If enough people read Brin's book . . . then it may turn into a self-negating prophecy: a warning of dystopia that by virtue of the horror it paints helps avoid that horror. That was the function of George Orwell's 1984. That is an honorable role for anyone's book." —J. Bradford DeLong, Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley

"David Brin's nonfiction marvel, The Transparent Society, is what Lewis Mumford or Thorstein Veblen might write, could they contemplate our increasingly webbed world and its prospects for social change. . . . Brin's book is full of imaginative, far-sighted concern for how fluid information is going to transform our civil society." —William H. … More…


Praise for Chasing Shadows

"Entertaining and provocative, and piercingly relevant for our own time."—Toronto Star

“This anthology satisfies on many levels. . . . If we enter the transparent world with any kind of foreknowledge, it will be due to well-conceived and well-executed projects such as this one.”—Locus

Praise for David Brin's The Transparent Society

“As you follow his argument for two-way social transparency, you realize your only hope is that he is right.” —George B. Dyson, author of Darwin Among the Machines

“Brin expounds upon his belief that people need to keep watch on snooping governments, employers, insurance companies, and so on. . . . In assessing the current state of affairs, Brin divulges a barrage of ways and means of monitoring electronic transmissions.” —Science News

"If enough people read Brin's book . . . then it may turn into a self-negating prophecy: a warning of dystopia that by virtue of the horror it paints helps avoid that horror. That was the function of George Orwell's 1984. That is an honorable role for anyone's book." —J. Bradford DeLong, Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley

"David Brin's nonfiction marvel, The Transparent Society, is what Lewis Mumford or Thorstein Veblen might write, could they contemplate our increasingly webbed world and its prospects for social change. . . . Brin's book is full of imaginative, far-sighted concern for how fluid information is going to transform our civil society." —William H. Calvin, neurophysiologist and author of How Brains Think

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David Brin and Stephen W. Potts

DAVID BRIN is a scientist, speaker, technical consultant, and well-known author. His novels have been New York Times bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards among others. Brin lives near San Diego, California.

STEPHEN W. POTTS is a professor in the Department of Literature at the University of California at San Diego specializing in twentieth-century fiction and popular culture.

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