Posted on November 13th, 2018
Ken LiuAuthor spotlight
Published in Aug. 2012 (Issue 27) | 2735 words
© 2012 Ken Liu
There is no definitive census of all the intelligent species in the universe. Not only are there perennial arguments about what qualifies as intelligence, but each moment and everywhere, civilizations rise and fall, much as the stars are born and die.
Time devours all.
Yet every species has its unique way of passing on its wisdom through the ages, its way...
Posted on September 15th, 2018
The Chengzhongcun Urban Traces of the Village
Villager going about daily life in the alleyways of Xiasha Village, Shenzhen, 2011 © John Joseph Burns
Essay by John Joseph Burns
‘To get rich is Glorious’
Much of modern China stems from the economic reforms brought in by Deng Xiao Ping in the late 1970’s and since that time an unimaginable and unprecedented expansion has occurred in its urban areas. The vast majority of the urban developm...
Posted on November 26th, 2015
When my daughter Nicole was an infant, I read an essay suggesting that it might no longer be necessary to teach children how to read or write, because speech recognition and synthesis would soon render those abilities superfluous. My wife and I were horrified by the idea, and we resolved that, no matter how sophisticated technology became, our daughter’s skills would always rest on the bedrock of traditional literacy.
It turned out that we an...