February 20, 2024

There are two secrets to becoming a bestselling author. (1) Be fiercely talented. (2) Release your first book no later than about 1990. Today? The odds are roughly zero that you will sell a lot of books if you’re working on your first book now. They’re not exactly zero. That’s an exaggeration. They’re just so…

January 23, 2024

The reality behind Veilpiercer’s supervillain I’m surprised by feedback about a character in Veilpiercer. Lexi Xenos is the CEO of the fictional giant tech company Arrgle, and she’s just awful. She’s obsessed with privilege. She’s rich beyond imagining and unashamed about using her wealth for selfish indulgence. She manipulates and belittles people, a high-tech version…

October 12, 2023

The Quest 3, Meta’s new VR headset, is now on sale. If you’ve ever thought about trying virtual reality, it’s time to jump in. The Quest 3 has excellent specs for the price. It is sufficiently improved over anything before that it tips the scales if you’re already curious. If you saw the hype about Apple’s Vision…

June 11, 2023

In the last article I described a few things missing from Apple’s introduction of its new AR/VR ski goggles spatial computer, Vision Pro. Take the time to watch this six-minute distillation of the Apple presentation, or this Apple nine-minute promotional video. I want to point out a few more things that stand out because they’re not there. Shared experiences are missing. Every…