After a long series of very unfortunate events (which I will probably wrant about on a free Wednesday), I made it downtown for SXSW interactive. I have to admit that I’m not really impressed with the bookish panel lineup this year. There are several storytelling panels, but most of them are marketing focused. I was hoping to learn more about stuff like Amazon algorithms, emerging platforms for books, etc. but there’s not a whole lt of that.

The one panel I did go to, however, was very inspiring and entertaining. It was called “Where Do Science Fiction and Science Fact Meet?” and it talked about big tech companies are working with science fiction authors to predict what to build for the future. I learned about The Tomorrow Project, which is the science fiction anthology they are writing based on “science fact”. They’re giving it away for free here at the SXSW bookstore so I am hoping to snag a copy later. The panelist also wrote a Science Fiction book called “Fake Plastic Love” that I have to enjoy because the title includes a Radiohead reference. Intentional or not, I don’t know. But it’s been awhile since I read a good sci-fi so I am excited about it nontheless. More panels today. I am very sleep deprived. Please excuse lapse in snark…