Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly

Year 2017

My newest book, The Inevitable, reached the New York Times bestseller list in 2016. This June (2017) it will be released in paperback. This book is about the deep trends over the next 20 years that will shape your life. I suggest we embrace these changes, including ubiquitous tracking, accessible artificial intelligence, constant sharing, getting paid to watch ads, VR in your home, etc. I am very excited by the book; I’ve been told it is my most readable work yet.

My current passion this year is all Asia. I am finishing up a huge, huge book of my documentary photographs of the disappearing traditions of Asia, between Turkey and Japan. I will try to get to the few remaining countries of Asia that I have not yet visited. The still-untitled book should be published in 2018.

Three 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. If you like the graphic novel let me know, and we’ll do the next story.

Some paper books are so superior to ebooks that they should be celebrated. Our WINK BOOKS site features books that belong on paper. These books are 1) intensely visual, or 2) have unusual formats, 3) make a big splash in design, or 4) are remarkable in some analog way.

Mark Frauenfelder, founder of Boing Boing, has joined me in running the Cool Tools website. The giant over-sized best of book, Cool Tools, has won rave reviews, and the last few copies are still available on Amazon. (Because of its large size it is hard to find in bookstores.)

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

I occasionally post on Twitter. My handle is @kevin2kelly. On Facebook, I am the laughing Kevin Kelly.

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.




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