“‘Type,’ said the Foreman, ‘was made to read, / And that should serve as the printer’s creed, / For work on the Linotype machine / Or hand-set jobs should be clear and clean, / Not ornamental, obscure, bizarre, / Composed of all of the fonts there are, / But simple, legible, quiet, plain, / A joy alike to the eye and brain!’”
‘Fuck Earth!’ Elon Musk said to me, laughing. ‘Who cares about Earth?’
ZURI 02 // Robot System by Zoobotics
The Manual for Civilization is a crowd-curated collection of the 3500 books you would most want to sustain or rebuild civilization. It is also the library at The Interval, with about 1000 books on shelves floor-to-ceiling throughout the space. We are about a third of the way done with compiling the list and acquiring selected the titles.
We have a set of four categories to guide selections:
- Cultural Canon: Great works of literature, nonfiction, poetry, philosophy, etc
- Mechanics of Civilization: Technical knowledge, to build and understand things
- Rigorous Science Fiction: Speculative stories about potential futures
- Long-term Thinking, Futurism, and relevant history (Books on how to think about the future that may include surveys of the past)
Our list comes from suggestions by Interval donors, Long Now members, and a some specially-invited guests with particular expertise. All the book lists we’ve published so far are shown here including lists from Brian Eno, Stewart Brand, Maria Popova, andNeal Stephenson. Interval donors will be the first to get the full list when it is complete.
Today we add selections from science fiction authors Bruce Sterling, David Brin, and Daniel Suarez. All three are known for using contemporary science and technology as a starting point from which to speculate on the future. And that type of practice is exactly why Science Fiction is one of our core categories….
I worked on an illustration for HHMI Bulletin’s Fall 2014 Issue with Luke Hayman’s team at Pentagram. The article was about the different mysteries of the brain.
I wanted to show the form of the brain by using different constellations and heavenly bodies to show. It’s based on the idea that the brain is as mysterious, massive and amazing as space.
Client: Pentagram / HHMI
Art Director: Ellen Peterson