This map of the internet is not just super-detailed, but worth framing

This ridiculously intricate map charts out the hidden geography and scope of the internet, ranging from assigning proportional landmass to the world's most popular websites, to drawing out the large swaths of free-flowing spam, to creating a color-coded look at the strength of internet surveillance. » 1/31/14 12:56pm 1/31/14 12:56pm

George Dyson's New Scifi Story About How Google Achieves Consciousness

If you're looking for some seriously mind-blowing hard science fiction online this afternoon, look no further than a new (free online) short story, "Engineers' Dreams," by science historian George Dyson. Brother of techbiz genius Esther Dyson, George is known for his meticulous, entertaining historical investigations… » 7/18/08 1:51pm 7/18/08 1:51pm

Andre Norton's Time Traders Series Free Online

If you grew up reading Andre Norton's 1970s YA fiction like Star Ka'at, then you'll want to cast back further into history and check out some of the novels from her Time Traders series, many of which are free online. Today, the resourceful nerds at BoingBoing linked to the third book in the Cold War series that pits… » 5/21/08 2:44pm 5/21/08 2:44pm

Your Future Will Be Filled with Promiscuous Friends

Reality television, consumed with liberal doses of MySpace and Facebook, will make friendships of the future far more promiscuous. So says a newly-released study about people who invest a lot of time in creating profiles of themselves online (which is increasingly all of us). The authors of the study have discovered… » 4/15/08 3:35pm 4/15/08 3:35pm

Podcast the Power Grid Apocalypse with JC Hutchins

Late last year, a terrorist attack took down the U.S. power grid for two weeks. What happened next is up to you: at least, it is if you are participating in JC Hutchins' new experiment in science fiction podcasting. The author of mega-hit SF podcast 7th Son (soon to be published as a book from St. Martins) has just… » 4/09/08 8:20am 4/09/08 8:20am

New Issue of Rudy Rucker's FLURB Hits the Interwebs

Science fiction writer Rudy "Postsingular" Rucker has just posted issue #5 of his speculative fiction webzine FLURB, which is always full of bizarro delights. In this issue, Terry Bisson writes about a superhero called Captain Ordinary who teleports around the world via hidden portals in Starbucks outlets, triggered… » 3/31/08 11:20am 3/31/08 11:20am

Disarming a Landmined World in Eliot Fintushel Story, Free Online

In a war-ravaged future where most urban areas are riddled with mines, a de-miner's only friends are New York street kids and his bomb dog Uxo (short for unexploded ordnance). In the short story "Uxo, Bomb Dog," available from excellent scifi blog Futurismic, author Eliot Fintushel creates a wry, sad portrait of a man… » 3/28/08 8:40am 3/28/08 8:40am