From the New York Times bestselling author of How We Got To Now and FarsightedCombining the deft social analysis of Where Good Ideas Come From with the optimistic arguments of Everything Bad Is Good for You, bestselling author and one of the most inspiring visionaries of contemporary culture, Steven Johnson, maps the ways a connected world will be both different and better. Steven Johnson proposes that a new model of political change is on the rise transforming everything from local government to classrooms to health care. It’s a compelling new political worldview that breaks with traditional categories of liberal or conservative thinking. Johnson explores this innovative vision through a series of fascinating narratives: from the “Miracle on the Hudson” to the planning of the French railway system; from the battle against malnutrition in Vietnam to a mysterious outbreak of strange smells in downtown Manhattan; from underground music video artists to the invention of the Internet itself. At a time when the conventional wisdom holds that the political system is hopelessly gridlocked with old ideas, Future Perfect makes the timely and uplifting case that progress is still possible.
Jen Larsen, author of the critically acclaimed memoir Stranger Here and a subject of the Oprah Winfrey Network TV show In Deep Shift with Jonas Elrod, tells a liberating story of hard-won self-acceptance—a tale of one girl, who knows that weight is just a number, and that no one is completely perfect.This is a distinct, complex debut from a new voice in YA with an unforgettable main character whose doubts and insecurities will resonate with readers, and shed light on the dangers of taking on others' expectations instead of your own.Underscored by a fierce intelligence and a dry, disarming wit, Future Perfect will satisfy fans of such authors as Maureen Johnson.
Reissue (Original Publication Date: August 1993)Annotated e-book editionJuliana Anderson is content with the life she’s built for herself—running the best bed-and-breakfast in sleepy Benton, Massachusetts. For excitement, she dresses up in Victorian garb and serves delectable breakfasts and dinners to her mostly elderly guests. But then Webster Donovan arrives—tall, rugged, sexy, and incredibly arrogant—and turns her world upside down.Web’s got a problem. His first novel was a huge bestseller—but now he’s struggling to write his second book. He hopes that a six-week stay in the middle of nowhere will force him to focus. But one conversation with the intriguingly prim-and-proper “Miss Anderson” proves distracting. He’s used to wrapping women around his little finger, and her no-nonsense attitude is a breath of fresh air. Verbal sparring with his hostess quickly becomes his favorite form of procrastination…Throw in a bad case of the flu, a bevy of boisterous nuns, the gleamingly handsome town sheriff who likes to dance with Juliana at the local roadside bar, a broken rib or two, and some carefully guarded secrets and misunderstandings…With footnoted commentary about everything from life without cellphones and laptops in 1992/1993 (when Future Perfect was written, published, and is still set) to thoughts on writing romance and how much Romancelandia—and her own writing—has changed in the past twenty-five years, Suzanne Brockmann presents a special annotated edition of the romance novel that kicked off her writing career. (Set in 1993, Future Perfect is a full length novel of 60K words (66K words with annotations) or 220 pages, originally published in August, 1993.)
Now back in print after many years, a captivating story of sweet seduction and unexpected love from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann Dressed in Victorian attire, Juliana Anderson gives guests at her cozy New England bed and breakfast a taste of old-fashioned hospitality. Whether she’s cooking up delights in her kitchen or maintaining the rooms in her beautifully decorated inn, Juliana stays busy and content. Until Webster Donovan arrives—tall, rugged, and sexy beyond belief.The lean, dark-haired author has a bad case of writer’s block and he’s planned a six-week stay to cure it. But this beautiful woman is proving even more distracting to the cause. For prim, polite Juliana has a wild side: She rides a Harley and hides a troubled past. The moment Webster watches her take off her motorcycle helmet and shake loose those long, flame-colored curls, he finds his muse—and loses his heart. But can romance with a woman afraid to trust in love last longer than a moment in time?
Future Perfect: American Science Fiction of the Nineteenth Century: An Anthology
This selection of unusual storeis by important American writers-Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, Bellamy and Twain-and by less well-known tellers such as Ambrose Bierce, S. Weir Mitchell and Fitz-James O'Brien, challenges the commonly held belief that science fiction is a twenthiethcentury phenomenon, or that it began with Jule Verne and H,. G. Wells. Here are tales of marvelous inventions, automanta, biolgocial and psychological experiments, utopias, extra-sensory perception and time and space travel. Many of them have been out of print since before World War I, but they remain high in intrinsic interest of the general reader and for the specialist. The accompanying critical essays explore the relationships between science fiction and other financial modes, and illuminate the nataure of the bonds betwen science and society and fantasies and social aspirations. Professor Franklin also offers an original, theoretical definition of science ficiton. This book comes as a revelatin. One of the best-edited anthologies I have ever encountered...Mr. Franklin's critical introductions, containing much valuable information about many works not included in this book, are as interesting as the stories he prints.
Future Perfect: A Skeptic’s Search for an Honest Mystic
A witty, unflinching, and provocative memoir about one woman’s journey into the fact, fiction, and fraud of the modern mystical complex.In the months following the breakup with her longtime boyfriend, Victoria Loustalot crossed paths with multiple psychics eager to impart their vision. Persistent and prescient, each one slightly chipped away at Victoria’s innate skepticism. She had to admit that what they knew about her past was eerily accurate. As for her future? She couldn’t shake the feeling that some powerful force in the universe was trying to tell her something and, for once, she ought to listen. Or at least investigate.In Future Perfect, Victoria draws on her own personal experience to launch a broader inquiry into the phenomena of psychics, shamans, astrologers, and their fans. Through historical documents and interviews with clairvoyants, seers, and their believers, Victoria opens herself up to the modern mystical complex in cultures and cities around the globe. She pays close attention to what they have to tell us about how we choose to live, what we might be missing out on in the process, and what in the world we’re supposed to do with all that information.
When Tom Peters called Future Perfect ”the book of the decade” ten years ago it wasn't hyperbole, it was understatement. This tenth anniversary edition of Future Perfect, with a new introduction and updated notes by the author, is even more relevant than it was when the book was first published. It's as if we've had to move further into the world Davis describes to fully grasp the degree of his prescience, and the wisdom of his analysis.Future Perfect is the book for business readers who are tired of learning the latest buzzword only to find that it's been supplanted by another. The words Davis asks us to consider are time, space, and mass. When you begin to think of these basic dimensions of the physical universe as the fundamental resources of our economy, the possibilities for creative thinking become infinite. And you find a lasting way of understanding business challenges.Many of Davis's concepts that seemed ”way out” ten years ago have become part of our standard way of thinking about business. Everyone talks about operating ”any time, any place” and ”mass customization,” phrases Davis coined for use in business. Yet, as he points out in his new introduction, while business may be able to scurry to keep up with changes in technology, the economy, and society, organizations can't change as fast as the businesses they are managing. It may take two years to implement an organizational change that supports your ”any time” business. Then you have an organization perfectly appropriate for 1996, but you have a 1998 business to run. ”We would be much better off,” he says, ”using models that never fall behind in the first place.”How do we do that? ”By confronting the fact that business operates by the economic rules of the marketplace, whereas organizations operate by the social, psychological, and political rules of the workplace. If we want businesses and their organizations to work together in lock-step, rather than in lag-step, then they must operate by the same rules.”This new edition of Future Perfect gives us strategies and models for the next ten years and beyond.
A Future Perfect: The Challenge and Promise of Globalization
A Future Perfect is the first comprehensive examination of the most important revolution of our time—globalization—and how it will continue to change our lives. Do businesses benefit from going global? Are we creating winner-take-all societies? Will globalization seal the triumph of junk culture? What will happen to individual careers? Gathering evidence worldwide, from the shantytowns of São Paolo to the boardrooms of General Electric, from the troubled Russia-Estonia border to the booming San Fernando Valley sex industry, John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge deliver an illuminating tour of the global economy and a fascinating assessment of its potential impact.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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