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I had encountered a wide spectrum of thought in and around the conference. Some attendees overflowed with exuberance, awaiting the arrival of machines of loving grace to watch over them in a paradisiacal post-scarcity utopia, while others, more mindful of history, dreaded the possible demons new technologies could unleash. Even the self-professed skeptics in attendance sensed the world was poised on the cusp of some massive technology-driven transition.

At one point, the inventor-turned-proselytizer Ray Kurzweil teleconferenced in to discuss, among other things, his plans for becoming transhuman, transcending his own biology to achieve some sort of eternal life.

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To this end, he reportedly consumes some vitamin supplements a day. If our technological civilization is to avoid falling into decay, human obsolescence in one form or another is unavoidable. Where Aquinas argued for the certainty of a Creator, an immortal soul, and eternal salvation as based on scripture, Lem concerned himself with the uncertain future of intelligence and technology throughout the universe, guided by the tenets of modern science.

To paraphrase Lem himself, the book was an investigation of the thorns of technological roses that had yet to bloom. Most surprising of all, in subsequent conversations I confirmed my suspicions that among the masters of our technological universe gathered there in San Francisco to forge a transhuman future, very few were familiar with the book or, for that matter, with Lem.

Such blindness was, perhaps, understandable.

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In , only fragments of Summa Technologiae had appeared in English, via partial translations undertaken independently by the literary scholar Peter Swirski and a German software developer named Frank Prengel. These fragments were what I read in the motel. The first complete English translation, by the media researcher Joanna Zylinska, only appeared in Yet to say the prolific author only wrote science fiction would be foolishly dismissive.

That so much of his output can be classified as such is because so many of his intellectual wanderings took him to the outer frontiers of knowledge.

Lem was a polymath, a voracious reader who devoured not only the classic literary canon, but also a plethora of research journals, scientific periodicals, and popular books by leading researchers. His genius was in standing on the shoulders of scientific giants to distill the essence of their work, flavored with bittersweet insights and thought experiments that linked their mathematical abstractions to deep existential mysteries and the nature of the human condition.

Much of his best work entailed constructing analyses based on logic with which anyone would agree, then showing how these eminently reasonable premises lead to astonishing conclusions.

And the fundamental urtext for all of it, the wellspring from which the remainder of his output flowed, is Summa Technologiae. The core of the book is a heady mix of evolutionary biology, thermodynamics—the study of energy flowing through a system—and cybernetics, a diffuse field pioneered in the s by Norbert Wiener studying how feedback loops can automatically regulate the behavior of machines and organisms.

Considering a planetary civilization this way, Lem posits a set of feedbacks between the stability of a society and its degree of technological development.

In its early stages, Lem writes, the development of technology is a self-reinforcing process that promotes homeostasis, the ability to maintain stability in the face of continual change and increasing disorder.

More advances lead to more protection, which promotes more advances still. The result is a disconcerting paradox: To maintain control of our own fate, we must yield our agency to minds exponentially more powerful than our own. And yet, Lem argues, that same technology-driven positive feedback loop is also an Achilles heel for planetary civilizations, at least for ours here on Earth.

The agent will pitch your book proposal or manuscript to publishers, which can lead to getting-to-know-you meetings with publishers and editors, or both. If a publisher loves your idea, your agent will then negotiate the contract and terms with input from you as needed.

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It sounds simple, but this can take much more time than many writers expect. One way to structure this type of working: make micro-progress, or the smallest units of progress. Perhach said she gave herself a small goal to write for one hour per day, then shared that goal with loved ones. She also joined writing groups, which can be a helpful step for many writers who may find it hard to turn in work without a real deadline.

If you have friends who like to write, you could organize a writer accountability group with weekly or monthly deadlines. There are also existing groups and organizations you can join.

In November, NaNoWriMo which stands for National Novel Writing Month encourages writers from all over the world to sign up on its website and begin working on a goal of writing a 50,word novel by the end of the month. Many libraries and writing centers host regular writing groups as well. First figure out how much time you have to write each week, then schedule that writing time into your day. Some writers like to get their words out at night, after everyone has gone to bed.

Others prefer to write as their first task of the day.

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Experiment with different times to find what works for you. Books are big — where do you dig in first? A macro planner makes notes, organizes material, configures a plot and creates a structure — all before he writes the title page. Smith said in her lecture. Micro managers, on the other hand, have no master plan for their writing and simply figure out the ending when they get there.

Again, a little trial and error works well. You can try to just start writing your first draft, and if you find yourself stuck, start again with the outline and work from there. Or you might just try to start writing about something that excites you. If your writing system feels chaotic, there are tools that can help you corral the mess. Scrivener is a popular writing program designed to help authors organize and research their books.

When writing my book, I used a simple Excel spreadsheet that included my table of contents, along with the tasks that went with it. Each chapter also had its own separate Excel sheet that included more detail about what I wanted to include in that chapter, like interviews, references and research.

Dig in for the long haul The most common question aspiring authors asked when I finished my book: How long did it take? Perhach said. Of course, it can take much longer than this, but most writers can expect at least a couple of years to pen a book.What words, what illustrations, what sentiments!!!

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