Bryan Alexander

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I'm a futurist specializing in the future of education, with an eye on the impact of technology.

That means I research, think hard, research some more, and crowdsource feedback.
Then I transform it into writing articles, books, and chapters and giving presentations. I also create related digital content, like a monthly trends report, run a weekly open videoconference, and cat-herd a future-oriented book club.

I live and work in the Washington, DC area with my wife.

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Bryan Alexander Auburn walked carefully along the ancient stone gallery, enjoying the solitude and the cryptic carvings.
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Auburn walked carefully along the ancient stone gallery, enjoying the solitude and the cryptic carvings.
Until the footsteps echoed from underneath, fast, sure, and ascending.(less)
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I'll be speaking on a panel about digital storytelling next month.  It's Saturday, 9/24, at the Burlington Book Festival. Stop by!
THE DAWN OF DIGITAL STORYTELLING: A PANEL DISCUSSION

Storytelling-the ability to describe a world beyond the present moment-may be the defining feature and crowning achievement of our species. Nearly everyone is a storyteller, but those who tell stories with great...
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Bryan Alexander Bryan Alexander said: " Quick note: I thought this was going to target Silicon Valley, but instead the book reaches more broadly, seeing our world entering a confused, flailing epoch.
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The Ritual by Adam Nevill
" Correct. Dracula was a one-off for Stoker.

Shirley Jackson did brilliantly with her two best novels, Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle.
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The Ipcress File by Len Deighton
" A very good look back, Tim. I like the way you make the book's claim to realism more complex.

PS: 'The Spy Who Came in From the Cold' is John le Carré,
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The Ipcress File by Len Deighton
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There is a history to my reading of this book. I read it and enjoyed it when I was quite young. I then saw the film with Michael Caine (1965) which I still think a classic and which I must have watched four or five times since. By the time I picke..." Read more of this review »
Necrosaurus Rex by Nicholas Day
"A little disturbing. A little hilarious. A lot weird. I had a hard time relating to the protagonist, but I've never been turned into a dinosaur. And if I could be a dinosaur, it definitely wouldn't be a T-Rex, because I think the T-Rex is kind of..." Read more of this review »
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Necrosaurus Rex by Nicholas Day
"There is alot to absorb in this short book, both cerebrally and through the cells of your stomach, if you can handle it. The effects of time travel, being and nothingness, creation and destruction, and the manipulation and torture of meat are matt..." Read more of this review »
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The Blind Earthworm in the Labyrinth by Veeraporn Nitiprapha
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The Blind Earthworm in the Labyrinth by Veeraporn Nitiprapha
""Watch the book, it's trying to be stuffed." (Bing translated excerpt from one of the many Thai reviews. I was curious about them but most are nonsensical using an online translator, unfortunately.)

I was excited to read another newish translation..." Read more of this review »
His Dream of the Skyland by Anne Opotowsky
" Agreed on mysteries. That's where stories lie, too. "
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A very powerful and useful book for anyone interested in education, The Future of Academic Freedom offers an engaging, accessible, and thoughtful look at how this crucial dimension to academic life is changing.

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Charles Darwin
“Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”
Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species

Nick Harkaway
“Then he explained in a whisper that the plan was composed entirely of awesome. It was made and designed by the House of Awesome, from materials found in the deep awesome mines of Awesometania and it would be recorded in the Annals of Awesome - and nowhere else, because any other book would catch fire and explode from the awesome - and by its awesomeness it would be known from now until the crack of doom.”
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Nick Harkaway
“Kershaw had long ago realised, apparently, that dealing with Brits was tricky. You had to listen to what a Brit was saying -- which was invariably that he thought XYZ was a terrific idea and he hoped it went very well for you -- while at the same time paying heed to the greasy, nauseous suspicion you had that, although every word and phrase indicated approval, somehow the sum of the whole was that you'd have to be a mental pygmy to come up with this plan and a complete fucking idiot to pursue it.”
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“An ugly calm lay over the streets like the anticipation of a beating.”
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“The boy reported - after the Sergeant had slept for a few hours, which was not nearly enough - that YouTube had actually gone down for ten minutes under the weight of traffic. The story was truly global, truly immense: not Obama, not Justin Bieber, not Psy and not Bin Laden had ever touched this, he said. Not Khaled Saeed and not Mohamed Bouazizi, either. If Pippa Middleton and Megan Fox had announced their intention to marry during a live theatrical production of 50 Shades of Grey starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and then taken off their clothes to reveal their bodies tattooed with the text of the eighth Harry Potter novel, they might have approached this level of frenzy. But probably not, the boy said, because not everyone liked Benedict Cumberbatch.”
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