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Life extension, cryonics and mind uploading on Swiss Italian TV

On March 22 the Swiss Italian TV (RSI) aired a documentary on ife extension, cryonics and mind uploading titled “Ho deciso di diventare immortale” (I decided to become immortal). I appear in the film with friends Linda Chamberlain, Aubrey de Grey, Randal Koene, and Max More.

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League of Cosmic Engineers – a short story by Stephen Kagan

Editor’s note: this delightful short story is a new year present from Stephen Kagan, the author of the mystically beautiful VR/AI  novel “Augmented Dreams, the Singularity Palimpsest “. Stephen says: “This story has taken extensive thinking, imagination and meditation to craft. It was inspired by some of your work, beginning with Religion for the Cosmic Frontier, combined with some of Ben’s Manifesto, and some of my conversations with you. My goal was to create the grandest vision I can build for our cosmic future, in some ways beyond even what Stapledon created in StarMaker… Becoming godlike and becoming God…”

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League of Cosmic Engineers

Editor’s note: this delightful short story is a new year present from Stephen Kagan, the author of the mystically beautiful VR/AI novel “Augmented Dreams, the Singularity Palimpsest “. Stephen says: “This story has taken extensive thinking, imagination and meditation to craft. It was inspired by some of your work, beginning with Religion for the Cosmic Frontier, combined with some of Ben’s Manifesto, and some of my conversations with you. My goal was to create the grandest vision I can build for our cosmic future, in some ways beyond even what Stapledon created in StarMaker… Becoming godlike and becoming God…”

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The Three-Body Problem, classic science fiction with China flavor

The Three-Body Problem,” the first book of a best-selling Chinese science fiction trilogy that sold more than a million of copies in China, is finally available in English translation. The book is solid classic science fiction, like the best space operas of vintage science fiction that we loved and still fondly remember as our first introduction to space and science.

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Keep imagination in our science and fiction, and leave PC BS out

Annalee Newitz wrote an article on io9 titled “Stop Putting New Age Pseudoscience in Our Science Fiction.” I respect Newitz and I like most of what she writes, but this article is total bullshit, and a disturbing indicator of where the dull bureaucrats of ultra-rationalism want to take science fiction, and science.

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