Can you think of any examples of a famous character in a film (or book) who knew the future, or knew that a big event was definitely going to happen, and couldn't cope with that knowledge?
posted by Marzipan
on Dec 8, 2011 -
What books or blogs should I read to get an idea how the world will change in the next 5-15 years? [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey
on Jul 11, 2011 -
Should i sell my books or keep them? We're moving to a smaller house. I own way too many books. Most are expensive and i won't be able to afford to replace them in any near future. I have loads of slipped discs and lifting loads of small boxes of books will be agony. I own hundreds of v.specialist books i might need IF i get a job needing a particular language, or onto a masters in that area of psychology. They're big, they're expensive (normally - i picked up cheap ones along the way for possible future use). I live in a remote rural area with no nearby shop, so they have to sell on Amazon in the next 4 weeks or go to charity shops, probably get pulped. I would use most of them eventually. There are also my massive language dictionaries: there are online dictionaries, but often i can't afford the internet, but i don't know if i will need ever them or not, depends what job i get (have had jobs abroad).
Really, it's a philosophy of life question: gather no moss, be a free spirit? Or plan ahead, be cautious? Which works best and why? Anyone with experience who can say you won't need those books/you'll really regret it? [more inside]
posted by maiamaia
on Jul 21, 2010 -
Another "what book is this" query relating to a sci-fi book from the late 80s/early 90s concerning a society wherein the sexes live in different compounds and the males engage in ultra-violent rituals and war-type activities. [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06
on Dec 27, 2009 -
Short Story Askme: I read a short dystopian story many years ago set in a run-down, post apocalyptic future. A queue of people line up on a street to spit at a painting. The painting represents all the problems of the past. It is implied that the painting is The Mona Lisa. What is the story?
posted by bollockovnikov
on Sep 25, 2008 -
Help me find a series of illustrated children's hardcover books from the 70s/80s about the upcoming technologies of "The Future" [more inside]
posted by Ryvar
on Jul 10, 2007 -
Could you suggest good visionary (realized or unrealized) architecture and urbanism books ?
I'd be interested in well illustrated books. I can afford a 50 to 150 dollars book on that topic.
I'd like to find things like that
posted by vincentm
on Jul 21, 2006 -