Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly

Year 2018

I remain the official Senior Maverick for Wired, a magazine I helped co-found 25 years ago. I do one article for Wired per year. My most recent published writings are listed here, in chronological order.

My newest book, The Inevitable, a New York Times bestseller, is now available in paperback. The book is also a bestseller in China, and I spend a lot of time visiting China to speak about the inevitable and to see what the Chinese have planned for our future.

This is the 20th anniversary of my second book, The New Rules for the New Economy. Despite two decades of fast moving technology, I would not change much in the book. So in celebration of its 20 years, I have been tweeting an axiom per day from the book. I tweet several times a week about other things under @kevin2kelly. On Facebook, I am the laughing Kevin Kelly.

About two years ago I started a weekly newsletter, called Recomendo. Together with Mark Frauenfelder, of Boing Boing fame, and Claudia Dawson, our webmaster and my assistant, we give 6 very short recommendations each week. We briefly share in one page the great stuff we are watching, listening to, reading, or great tools we are enjoying, or great destinations we recommend. Recomendo now has 16,000 subscribers.

My collected wisdom about cool tools was rounded up into a huge oversized book called Cool Tools. After 5 editions, it is now out of print. This year Amazon created a digital version of Cool Tools for the Kindle, or the Kindle app on your phone. It is harder to navigate than the paper book, but much more portable and cheaper. I was skeptical Amazon could successfully make a digital book from this huge sprawling tome, but the results of the Kindle version were better than I expected.

I’m trying to complete visiting all the countries in Asia in order to document their disappearing traditions. From these I am compiling a still-untitled photo book about vanishing Asia. To be published a few years from now.

Five years ago I published my first fiction, The Silver Cord. I worked on it for 11 years! At 464 oversized pages, this huge book was fan-funded, the result of a successful Kickstarter-funded campaign. It is now available on Amazon. The Silver Cord contains two volumes of an epic story about angels and robots and a girl hero who must save the humans in between. The craftsmanship of the printing, including a 6-page fold out, is stunning. It has to be seen to be believed.

I am back on the speaking circuit. I refer all invitations to speak to the folks that represent me, Stern Speakers. They can help book me.

The Long Now Foundation (I am a board member) hosts a public seminar each month featuring a talk on long-term thinking. Past speakers include Brian Eno, Neal Stephenson, Jared Diamond, Craig Venter, among the better known, and many other lesser-known but equally talented original thinkers. I often facilitate questions at the event. They happen approximately once a month at a venue in San Francisco. If you are in the neighborhood, please join us.

My further doings are outlined comprehensively in this narrative. My brushes with Hollywood are covered here. My history is recounted in this chronology. Details are summarized in this biography.

All my books and their translations can be found on this catalog. Official portraits of me are downloadable from here. Thanks to Joshua Swanbeck for the doodle of me, above.

I work in a sunny studio in Pacifica, California, along the coast in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I can be contacted by emailing kk at kk dot org.

 

–KK


 

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