congratulations to William Douglass and I have news of another essay contest!

From: John M Grigg (
Date: Thu Jan 04 2001 - 17:46:24 MST

I read the essay by William Douglass in the Economist and really enjoyed it. Great work!! I liked how the "reality" of the mid twenty-first century slowly filtered through to me as I read the essay which had been written in the first person. Well, I bet all the Textropians are pretty proud of him right about now. Hmm, maybe oneday there should be the Alaskatropians... I like the sound of that.

Year has an essay contest going on. This is taken from their site:

Do you have a vision of what the world will be like in the year 2067?
We want to know about it. What advances will or will not have been
made in Robotics, Cryonics, Nanotechnology, Human Genetics and
Virtual Reality? How will the different areas interact? (i.e. how will
Virtual Reality and Human Genetics interrelate, etc.) What will
develop that we have not even thought of yet? How will social interaction change?
Write your vision in 500 words or less...if we like
it we'll be posting it for everyone to see. We are also interested in
artistic or graphical future depictions.

The url is:

So, you don't get five grand or a coffee mug for winning but you do get recognition which is cool. It's a small website and we could help to build them up.

best wishes,


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