In case you’re wondering… the new book is is more or less complete. It’s in the hands of readers, and with my agent. I’m really psyched for it. In the meantime, here’s a view I see everyday.
This was a frequent question I challenged audiences with, as I stood behind them during my 21 events in Silicon Valley for Silicon Valley Reads.
Thanks again – it was a great pleasure spending time in Santa Clara county and talking books, both mine and Emmi Iteräntä’s. And thank you to all of the many librarians, teachers, SV organizers and board members who made it possible.
I’m heading back to Silicon Valley for another week of events. If you’re at any of the following, please say hello. It’s possible I will deputize you as a Sherwood Nation-ite and provide you a badge.
In addition to high schools, I’ll be doing the following:
March 7 – The Tech Museum – 6 – 7:30pm: “Could it happen here?” Panel with
• Dr. Brian Green, Assistant Director, Campus Ethics, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and Assistant Director of Engineering, Santa Clara University
• Jim Fiedler, Chief Operating Officer, Water Utility, Santa Clara Valley Water District
• Moderated by Barbara Marshman, Editorial Page Editor, San Jose Mercury News
March 8 – Santa Clara County Office of Education – 10 – 11:30 – “Chance of Rain: The impact of climate change in our lives” followed by a signing until 11:30 a.m. Books will be available for purchase.
March 8 – West Valley Branch Library – 4pm
March 8 – Morgan Hill Library – 7pm
March 9 – Pearl Avenue Branch Library – 5:30pm
March 10 – Evergreen Valley College, Montgomery Hall – 2pm
March 10 – Tully Community Branch Library – 5:30pm
Also: The Silicon Valley Reads kick-off video is out, in case you’re curious.
As well as my on-stage discussion with Dr. John Farnsworth at Santa Clara University
Have a great week.
Silicon Valley is treating me well. Here’s a general newsy update:
West Valley College’s Maryanne Mills played the Sherwood Nation soundtrack as the audience filed in. And they had printed out the reader’s guide, which I’d completely forgotten about. I keep wishing I had a picture on hand of ‘Gato-ing’, which the reader’s guide has. Download the Sherwood Nation Reader’s Guide here. Lenore Harris was an excellent interviewer.
At Milpitas Library I had my first experience of presenting to a group which had all (or at least, nearly) read the book already. The discussion was far-ranged and much deeper because of it.
Speaking of libraries, this list of holds and availability for the book is pretty much the funnest thing an author can see… if you can’t reserve a copy, the Recycle Bookstore in Campbell has copies, as do many others in the valley. And there’s always online.
I have a lot of people to thank on an ongoing basis here, for rides and assistance and introductions, and I’m sure I’ll lose track of some. But thanks to Jack Lucas (a former mayor and one of the Silicon Valley Reads board members, selfie below), Tyre, and Chris Brown.
The kick-off event for the Silicon Valley Reads program with Emmi Iteräntä and I was recorded by the Common Wealth Club. If you’re in the Silicon Valley area, it will play tonight at 7pm on KLIV AM 1590
Alternately, you can listen to it at your leisure on the Common Wealth Club’s podcast (a podcast I recommend highly) – January 28 show.
Or on the Common Wealth Club’s website.
Emmi, Sal Pizarro, and I had a really great time doing this show — I hope you enjoy it.
I loved this podcast of two British academics (one of them the mayor of London!) squaring off and arguing about which was better, Greece or Rome, and then putting it to an audience vote. Funny, insightful, and I can’t think of a podcast regarding two, two thousand year old civilizations that has more relevancy to our modern world than this. Recommend!
Bye for now, Silicon Valley! I had an awesome time at the kick-off and visiting Lynbrook High School (though sadly the record button wasn’t on for the video interview – ah well, we had fun all the same).
If you missed the kick-off it will air on February 11th at 7pm on KLIV 1590 AM – during the Common Wealth Club broadcast… And also possibly on their podcast?
Fermi’s Paradox: If there are so many potentially habitable planets, where are all the aliens?
On Gizmodo today, there’s a new, interesting hypothesis to answer Fermi’s Paradox, called the “Gaian Bottleneck Hypothesis.”
- life takes a long time to develop, from single-celled molecules to complex life.
- It is rare to find a planet’s atmosphere that is stable long enough for this to happen
If true, three things:
1) our planet is a rare, rare anomaly (ie: treasure)
2) this means the ‘Great Filter’ — planetary extinction — is ahead of us yet
3) there’s going to be a booming job market for xenoarchaeologists! Can’t wait to get my degree.