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Blackford publishes Kong Reborn

My new novel, Kong Reborn, has been released from ibooks (New York) and should be getting into stores very soon. This is a sequel to the original 1933 King Kong movie, set in the present and near future, and obviously in the world in which the original events of the movie took place. The premise is that samples of blood from the original Kong, who was killed by military planes in 1933, are used in a scientific race to clone the giant ape.

Apart from involving action and adventure, this plot also allows for a certain amount of (sympat...

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Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy

I’ve just received my author’s copy of The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works, and Wonders, edited by Gary Westfahl for Greenwood Press. It comes in three attractively gaudy hardback volumes which contain a total of 600 entries by about a quarter that number of contributors (each entry is 1000 words, including a short bibliography).

J. Hughes
Hughes to Address Hartford Drug Conference, Oct 22

The City of Hartford (Connecticut, USA) is hosting a ground-breaking conference on reforming urban drug policy, October 21-22, at Trinity College in Hartford. On Saturday, October 22, at 10:45, Dr. Hughes will address the meeting and moderate a panel on emerging rehabilitation technologies and their impacts on drug policy.

For more information, or to register: http://hartford.gov/drugconference/

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Bostrom, Hughes and Prisco address Congress on Technology and Europe, Madrid, October 6, 2005

On October 6, 2005,  IEET Chair Nick Bostrom, IEET Executive Director James Hughes, and IEET Board member Giulio Prisco will address a three day conference on the future of technology in Europe, being held in Madrid October 5-7

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Special Issue of JET on Religion and Transhumanism

Religion & Transhumanism Issue (Vol. 14,  Issue 2 - August 2005)

Mark Walker and Heidi Campbell  "Introduction to Special Issue on Transhumanism and Religion"

John Hedley Brooke  "Visions of Perfectibility"

Patrick D. Hopkins  "Transcending the Animal: How Transhumanism and Religion Are and Are Not Alike"

Stephen Garner  "Transhumanism and Christian Social Concern" 

Michael LaTorra  "Trans-Spirit: Religi...

Rights > HealthLongevity > Fellows > Ramez Naam > J. Hughes
Naam on Berkeley Groks, Wasserman on Control of Emotion

IEET Fellow Ramez Naam appeared on the June 1, 2005 Berkeley Groks radio program “Breakthroughs in biomedical research will soon allow us to live longer, grow stronger, and think smarter. But, will these advances come at a price? On this program, Ramez Naam discussed the promise of biological enhancement.” (Download and listen here.)

Also, this week’s Changesurfer Radio, which is produced by IEET Executive Director J. Hughes, carries a fascinating talk by philosopher David Wasserman on the chemical control of emoti...

Fellows > Aubrey de Grey > HealthLongevity
Guardian covers Aubrey de Grey’s anti-aging conference

Maverick who believes we can live for ever

Mark Honigsbaum Saturday September 10, 2005 The Guardian

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Changesurfer Radio: Critical Bio-Art

For those of you who are not yet subscribed to the podcast feed for my radio show, you can listen to the latest show here: 2005.8.27 - Critical BioArt  -  Dr. J. chats with Steve Kurtz, a member of the Critical Art Ensemble, a group focused on “biotechnology, its colonising effects and ideological layering, and the biorevolution in global capitalism.” Kurtz and CAE are engaged in a legal battle with the US District Attorney over a politically motivated investigation of alleged bioterrorist activities.

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Treder Forms Task Force to Study Societal Implications of Nanotech

IEET Fellow Mike Treder has announced that the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology that he directs has convened a group to study the societal implications of nanotechnology. IEET Chair Nick Bostrom will serve on the group, along with SF author David Brin, UNU Millenium Program Director Jerry Glenn and futurist/inventor Ray Kurzweil.

J. Hughes
Hughes speaks at Secular Students Association - Columbus Ohio - Aug 11-14, 2005

SSA Con 2005: Connecting the Secular Movement with Other Communities

The Ohio State University, August 11-14

http://www.secularstudents.org/activism/conference/