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Eliot Peper

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Eliot Peper is the author of Veil, Bandwidth, Borderless, Breach, Cumulus, True Blue, Neon Fever Dream, and the Uncommon Series. He's helped build technology businesses, survived dengue fever, translated Virgil's Aeneid from the original Latin, worked as an entrepreneur-in-residence at a venture capital firm, and explored the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Mustang. His books have been praised by Popular Science, Boing Boing, Businessweek, the Chicago Review of Books, TechCrunch, io9, San Francisco Magazine, the Verge, Ars Technica, and the New York Times Book Review, and he has been a speaker at places like Google, Comic Con, SXSW, and Future in Review.

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Eliot Peper The idea for Analog emerged from a late-night conversation among friends. We were sharing a bottle of wine and imagining how wonderful it would be to …moreThe idea for Analog emerged from a late-night conversation among friends. We were sharing a bottle of wine and imagining how wonderful it would be to have an off-grid social club where interactions weren't mediated or interrupted by the digital world—an institution that would have particular relevance in the technology-obsessed San Francisco Bay Area, where I happen to live.

None of us got our acts sufficiently together to build the real thing, so I fleshed it out in fiction. In doing so, I realized how useful Analog could be as a literary device: by stripping the feed away from the characters, it illustrates the role it plays in their lives.

People give me hope. Every time someone reacts with patience when a situation might call for anger, every time someone chooses generosity, every time someone takes the long view, these decisions to be better by doing better inspire me to open my heart to the world. Technology is a powerful tool that can be used for good or ill—we've raised billions out of poverty and saved countless lives from preventable disease and we've invented horrific weapons and autocratic panopticons—so ultimately how we choose to use technology will determine the shape of the future we pass down to our children and grandchildren.(less)
Eliot Peper Thanks Bob, I'm happy to hear you enjoyed Bandwidth.

My mum's from British Columbia and I've spent quite a bit of time in the NW, hence it's prominence…more
Thanks Bob, I'm happy to hear you enjoyed Bandwidth.

My mum's from British Columbia and I've spent quite a bit of time in the NW, hence it's prominence in the novel.

After Bandwidth, I'd recommend reading Borderless->Breach->Cumulus->Neon Fever Dream->The Uncommon Series.

Cheers, Eliot(less)
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Bandwidth (Analog #1)

3.60 avg rating — 3,970 ratings — published 2018 — 6 editions
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Cumulus

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Borderless (Analog #2)

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Breach (Analog, #3)

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Uncommon Stock: Version 1.0...

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Veil

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Neon Fever Dream

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Loosen the straps

When water leaks into your SCUBA mask, beginners tighten the straps.

But this warps the seal, letting in more water.

Experienced divers loosen the straps because they know that the ocean provides all the pressure you need and the straps are just there to keep the mask in place.

The same principle applies to creative work. 

When you get stuck trying to make something, don't force it. If you tighten the

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Reading Veil inspired the sender to organize a panel with leading researchers on the promises and perils of geoengineering for 23,000 students.

He signed off with: "Fiction often can be a more effective spur to action than nonfiction."
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“Shankar Vedantam wrote that those who travel with the current will always feel they are good swimmers, while those who swim against the current may never realize they are better swimmers than they imagine,”
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“Critical thinking without hope was cynicism, while hope without critical thinking was naïveté.”
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“Literature not only illuminated another’s experience, it provided, I believed, the richest material for moral reflection. My brief forays into the formal ethics of analytic philosophy felt dry as a bone, missing the messiness and weight of real human life.”
Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

“The exercise of imagination is dangerous to those who profit from the way things are because it has the power to show that the way things are is not permanent, not universal, not necessary. Having that real though limited power to put established institutions into question, imaginative literature has also the responsibility of power. The storyteller is the truthteller.”
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“Like memory, history was synthetic. Humans thought of both as factual records, but study after study confirmed that they were more like dreams, narratives constructed and reconstructed by the mind to fit the demands of the present, not the reality of the past.”
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“Shankar Vedantam wrote that those who travel with the current will always feel they are good swimmers, while those who swim against the current may never realize they are better swimmers than they imagine,”
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“Critical thinking without hope was cynicism, while hope without critical thinking was naïveté.”
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