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Asteroid Sighting

Asteroid shooting across skyThe Aster­oid Belt Almanac cel­e­brat­ed its launch yes­ter­day, at a great event put togeth­er by the pub­lish­ers, The Head & the Hand Press. Great venue too — Indy Hall, a loft-style co-work­ing space in Old City Philadel­phia for tech work­ers, star­tups and oth­er cre­ative folks.

I’m so hap­py to be part of this for­ward-think­ing project. This beau­ti­ful lit­tle Almanac re-imag­ines Ben­jamin Franklin’s icon­ic for­mat, bring­ing togeth­er con­trib­u­tors who share an inter­est in the inter­sec­tion of tech­nol­o­gy and sci­ence with our lives today. There are essays (includ­ing mine), a graph­ic nov­el script, some actu­al sci­ence fic­tion, art and more. In a nod to the old almanac form, this one even includes a guide to 2014 mete­or show­ers, and a Weath­er Glos­sary — but this one’s geared toward cli­mate change lit­er­a­cy. (Do you know what anvil zits are?) Real­ly, it’s a must have!

You can order the Aster­oid Belt Almanac direct from The Head & the Hand, or from Ama­zon.

Three Almanac con­trib­u­tors, l-r: Chris­tine Neulieb, me in my vin­tage Star Trek uni­form, and Sarah Grey
Nic Esposito, founder of H&H
Nic Espos­i­to, founder of The Head & The Hand Press

The Asteroid Belt Almanac

ImageWhat if Poor Richard’s Almanac were reimag­ined for today? The Aster­oid Belt Almanac, com­ing soon from The Head and the Hand Press in Philadel­phia, is all about using this homey lit­er­ary form to help us imag­ine the futures we’re mov­ing toward. The old Farmer’s Almanac offered sto­ries and inter­pre­ta­tions of the stars to help farm­ers with their plant­i­ng. The Aster­oid Belt Almanac is a place to con­sid­er the strange inter­sec­tions of cre­ativ­i­ty, sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy that we’re expe­ri­enc­ing now.

It will include my essay, Grav­i­ty and the Cloud, an expan­sion on my blog post Grav­i­ty and the Noos­phere (both inspired by see­ing the movie Grav­i­ty), as well as the script for a graph­ic nov­el about trav­el to Mars, thoughts on music in the dig­i­tal age, star charts, and much more. The pub­lish­ers hope that it will “help to mea­sure the kind of atmos­pher­ic pres­sure felt between dar­ing hypothe­ses, between small steps and giant leaps.”

Pre­order the Aster­oid Belt Almanac! For $15, or more if you would like extra rewards, you’ll get a beau­ti­ful book, craft-print­ed on recy­cled paper. I love how with this project, The Head and the Hand Press is link­ing its com­mit­ment to fine arti­sanal print­ing with a new way of fund­ing, via Pub­slush, a site ded­i­cat­ed to crowd­fund­ing for books.