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Works by Stewart Brand

The Clock of the Long Now (1999) 578 copies
Last Whole Earth Catalog Access to Tools (1971) — Editor — 372 copies
The Next Whole Earth Catalog (1980) 205 copies
II cybernetic frontiers (1605) 54 copies
Soft-tech (A Coevolution book) (1978) — Editor — 23 copies
The Coevolution quarterly — Editor — 5 copies
The Maintenance Race (2021) 4 copies
CoEVOLUTION QUARTERLY. No. 15. Fall 1977. (1977) — Editor — 1 copy
CoEvolution Quarterly: #14 — Editor — 1 copy

Associated Works

The Essential Whole Earth Catalog (1986) — Editor — 122 copies
The Seven Laws of Money (1974) — Contributor — 108 copies

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I enjoyed this book a great deal. It's still quite relevant, but occasionally shows its twelve-year-old age. Lots of activity in the climate sector in the last few years, and you'll need to read more broadly to get coverage of that.

Stewart Brand is a captivating writer and a genuine polymath, though, so this is an outstanding overview both of the seriousness of the coming climate crisis, and of the practical work that we can do that will address it.

Strongly recommended.
 
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mikeolson2000 | 12 other reviews | Dec 27, 2023 |
Another 'gee whiz' pop account of the wonders and inevitable progress of American ingenuity and big business. The holography references looked over-egged then, and particularly naive now. It's debatable whether any substantive elements of the future came from the Media Lab.
 
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sfj2 | 1 other review | Nov 20, 2023 |
Superficially-assessed convictions; I don't recognise any discipline in Brand's reasoning.
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sfj2 | 12 other reviews | Jun 14, 2023 |
Great book on the relationship between people, places and things (in this case: buildings). The anthropological side is analyzed just like the architectural one and this is what makes this book a great book. And by the way, Brand's observations are always smart, deep and witty. The set of photographs which fills the book is more than a complement, is substantial to the comprehension of the concepts. Great read.
 
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d.v. | 24 other reviews | May 16, 2023 |

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