Why is 'Frankenstein' considered the mother of the genre? How did we go from seeing so many utopian stories to dystopian ones? Where did the word "robot" come from? Will SF ever be recognized as "true" literature?
Oh, look. A former Google and Uber engineer who said that studying the past is for the birds and the future is all that matters.
Recently I was reading about medieval privacy in Barbara Tuchman's 'A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century' when I began to see a series of privacy-related stories pop up in the news. Around the same time, I was starting a writing project at work related to the European Union General Data Protection Regulation, a new privacy law with wide-ranging implications for businesses and consumers. I started to wonder: how does medieval privacy compare to privacy today? Does the contrast between the two teach us anything interesting or valuable about modern privacy? Is what we have today really "better"?
A few days ago, a headline popped up on my phone stating that the average American works more hours per year than medieval peasants did. Is that really true?
What is the significance of medieval special operations for writers who enjoy fantasy fiction?
You might have heard of a certain book that is trending right now: 'Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind', by Yuval Noah Harari. But I doubt you've heard of another book by the same author: 'Special Operations in the Age of Chivalry'.