I’m now working on a new book, Radical Abundance, scheduled for publication in 2013 by PublicAffairs. The book has a wide scope in both its content and intended audience, addressing scientists, a general reading audience, and thought leaders in the policy arena.
Radical Abundance will integrate and extend several themes that I’ve touched on in Metamodern, but will go much further. The topics include:
- The nature of science and engineering, and the prospects for a deep transformation in the material basis of civilization.
- Why all of this is surprisingly understandable.
- A personal narrative of the emergence of the molecular nanotechnology concept and the turbulent history of progress and politics that followed
- The quiet rise of macromolecular nanotechnologies, their power, and the rapidly advancing state of the art
- Incremental paths toward advanced nanotechnologies, the inherent accelerators, and the institutional challenges
- The technologies of radical abundance, what they are, and what they will enable
- Disruptive solutions for problems of economic development, energy, resource depletion, and the environment
- Potential pitfalls in competitive national strategies; shared interests in risk reduction and cooperative transition management
- Steps toward changing the conversation about the future
These topics interweave to make what will, I think, be a compelling story for readers with diverse interests, backgrounds, and concerns.
Update: As I mention in the comments, I’ll be posting the news on the blog when pre-orders are available, and inviting participation in pre-launch activities.
Publishers interested non-English-language rights please direct queries to Rosa at GeographicEngine dot com.