RIP, Harry Harrison, author of Make Room, Make Room (which was the basis for the movie Soylent Green) and the absolutely hilarious and indispensable Stainless Steel Rat books. I only met Harry once, when he was put on a panel with me about "Campbell Award winners." He quickly figured out that all the panelists except him were there for winning the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, while he'd won the Campbell Award for Best SF Novel of the Year (the two awards are named for the same person, John W Campbell, but are otherwise unrelated and awarded on totally different bases). He was gracious and humorous and sweet, and then he left to have a drink.
Harrison was 87 years old, and his cause of death isn't given on the official announcement. He was one of the field's greats. I hope he went peacefully, and wish the most sincere condolences on those who knew him and loved him personally, speaking as someone who admired him and his work from afar.
RIP, Harry Harrison
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
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