Fan-readings from my essay collection "Content"

Mathematician/physicist Jan Rubak has done me the honour of recording readings of six of the essays from my nonfiction collection, Content and uploading them to the Internet Archive. He's a great reader, too!
- In Praise of Fanfic
- Metacrap: Putting the torch to seven straw-men of the meta-utopia
- Amish for QWERTY
- Free(konomic) Ebooks
- The Progressive Apocalypse and Other Futurismic Delights
- When the Singularity is More Than a Literary Device: An Interview with Futurist-Inventor Ray Kurzweil
All 28 essays are available as free downloads (and there have been a ton of conversions to everything from Braille to OpenDoc) and, of course, there's a beautiful physical object for sale, too.

Content readings (Thanks, Jan!)


  1. A small point of clarification: there are six essays there now, but more will be uploaded as I complete them. I plan to finish the whole book.


  2. Actually, I kinda thought he was also promoting my fan-boy work. Y’know grass-roots “making” and stuff.

  3. I hate to say it… But if it’s Cory’s blog then he can do all the self-promotion he wants. That doesn’t mean that we to have to like it of course.

  4. Thanks Jan! I appreciate the extra content for my iPod :)

    (and Cory, I quite agree – Jan’s a great reader.)

  5. Is the metacrap one the essay in which you finally snap over the incredible snark levels directed towards Boing Boing from the direction of Metafilter, and go after the place with a blowtorch?

  6. In “When the Singularity is More than a Literary Device” there is a reference to a computer “waking up” in Heinlein’s “The Man Who Sold the Moon”. It is later referred to as “Mike”. Please flay me with scorn if I’m mistaken, but Mike appeared in “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress”. Is that a mistake from an earlier edition of the essay?

    Awesome reading of this collection BTW!

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