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Help me find some good, near future science fiction!

I'm looking for recommendations of some "near-future" science fiction novels, for to read into mah brain. [more inside]
posted by BobFrapples on Jan 14, 2011 - 31 answers

How do I feel better about my boyfriend not wanting to live together?

My boyfriend of 3.5 years doesn't want to live with me yet, and I'm incredibly hurt by that. Please help me think about this in a more constructive way, and help me move on from toxic thoughts about his lack of desire to live with me. [more inside]
posted by superlibby on Dec 30, 2010 - 48 answers

Are there particular quotes about "staying in the present" that are poignant to you?

Are there particular quotes about "staying in the present" that are poignant to you? Recently I have been worrying about the future, to the point it's become debilitating to accomplish some of the most trivial of tasks. I am looking for quotes to use as quick reminders to stay in the present, and the let the future be as it may.
posted by helios410 on Dec 28, 2010 - 36 answers

Collection of possible future events that are all somehow related?

Is there a word for a "collection of possible future events that are all somehow related?" I want something that captures the idea of a "collection of scenarios." Or, pick an forecasted event, fear, or desire: What is "the spectrum of possible outcomes" relevant to this thing that has my attention, plausible or otherwise, expected or unexpected, the good, the bad, and the ugly? Probability cloud? Scenario collection? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Dec 27, 2010 - 20 answers

I would eat more ice cream and less beans

What to add to my new life? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Dec 21, 2010 - 11 answers

In the year 4000...

I'm looking for good movies set in the future, especially the far future. Dystopian, post-apocalyptic or neither. Actually, especially neither, but no magic. I'm looking for interesting speculations on what happens by the year 2XXX, or 10,000, or whenever.
posted by BungaDunga on Dec 5, 2010 - 34 answers

What should I do with my life?

I need advice on my special snowflake academic future. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Dec 3, 2010 - 4 answers

Gotta make sure no one tries to impersonate me on fanfiction.net...

AskMe is always saying that one should register their full name on certain web services, just to protect them for future use. I have the basics - what am I missing? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Nov 25, 2010 - 8 answers

Tell me about your work as an interpreter.

Have you ever worked as an interpreter, had experience working closely with interpreters, or used one yourself? I'm pondering quitting my boring, but unstressful part-time job to work as a Spanish medical interpreter, and am looking for inside stories of what the job may really be like. [more inside]
posted by wansac on Nov 12, 2010 - 8 answers

Break up, yep.

Break-ups and the future: how to proceed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2010 - 17 answers

Help us make our future happy.

Mid-twenties couple living in a big city trying to save up for the future. How the heck to people do it? Help us figure out what we're doing wrong and how to fix it. [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on Oct 14, 2010 - 71 answers

I'm looking for old maps. No, older than that.

Does anyone know of an online resource for looking at the configuration of the continents over the eons? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Sep 26, 2010 - 5 answers

What careers might someone who's interested in interiewing people, fixing the world and making money look into?

Figuring out a career path: I'm an undergrad student who has a passion for interviewing people and getting their stories. I also want my carer to help make the world a better place and feel that I would be happiest if I could see my impact directly. What careers or jobs might I look into? [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay on Sep 15, 2010 - 17 answers

Replacing schools/golf courses/churches with vertical farms.

What are the not-so-obvious problems that may occur if a major city replaced dying schools/golf courses/churches with multi-leveled solar/geothermal powered hydroponic vertical farms? [more inside]
posted by querty on Aug 11, 2010 - 29 answers

... And then we'd blow their minds!

What kinds of pranks and/or practical jokes could a time traveller pull on people from the past without changing history? [more inside]
posted by amyms on Aug 8, 2010 - 22 answers

We're just not going to the bathroom together. Ever.

What can I look forward to as my relationship continues? [more inside]
posted by teraspawn on Aug 2, 2010 - 48 answers

Job hopping vs compelling reasons to leave a job

How does this really look to hiring managers? [more inside]
posted by amylicious on Jul 28, 2010 - 6 answers

AGT, but whom?

Who is next on AGT? [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Jul 21, 2010 - 1 answer

Should I sell my books?

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 - 36 answers

How to enjoy thinking about the future - sans stress

How can I plan and enjoy wondering about the future without spiraling into worry. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2010 - 11 answers

How did people make predictions from animal entrails?

How did people make predictions from animal entrails? [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Jun 21, 2010 - 18 answers

Is teenage hacker culture alive out there?

What are the cool technologies that kids on the fringes are playing with these days? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Jun 14, 2010 - 6 answers

I am starting out in life as a lawyer/Islamic finance postgraduate with no debt, and I would appreciate help and advice with regards to my future career choices and personal finances.

I'm a 24 year old law graduate. I am currently chambering with a law firm and doing a postgraduate degree in Islamic banking/financing. I have no debt. How do I make the best of my situation? Please advise me how I may plan and start my life properly, from the perspective of both personal finance and professional work. I would also appreciate being advised on how to invest, or save, or acquire assets. To sum it up: "If you could start off your life from my position, how would you do it, both professionally and financially?" [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2010 - 7 answers

is Apple's word = law?

Flash is going to be dead? My job is based almost solely in flash development. I love it. Am I going to be out of a job (soon)? [more inside]
posted by royalsong on May 27, 2010 - 31 answers

Turning 30. Handling it poorly.

I'm not talented at anything useful. I'm not passionate about anything specific. And I'm getting older. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2010 - 32 answers

How do people adapt technology?

What are good examples of the way normal people take technology and devices and repurpose them in a way the manufacturer didn't dream of? (e.g. using in car CD player as cup holder, or the spin cycle on a washing machine to soothe a baby) [more inside]
posted by Marzipan on Apr 24, 2010 - 33 answers

Didn't get into grad school - now what do I do?

Didn't get into grad school - now what do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2010 - 18 answers


Can you contract away your right to sue over unrelated future claims in a settlement? [more inside]
posted by unreasonable on Apr 14, 2010 - 9 answers

Journalist ponders life outside this sinking industry

I want to be a corporate litigator. Or a government economist. Or a geophysicist. Or corporate finance guru. Or something. Please held this 32-year-old journalist explore possible second career options. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Apr 12, 2010 - 30 answers

How do I prepare for a second career now, before I want one?

How do I prepare for a second career now, before I want one? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Mar 22, 2010 - 4 answers

Should I join the military to work in intelligence after college?

I'm considering joining the military after graduating college. Any suggestions as to what branch I should look at or just suggestions in general as to what to do/what to expect/should I even be pursuing this path??? [more inside]
posted by astapasta24 on Mar 10, 2010 - 20 answers

Hostages to fortune

How can I maintain some optimism about my child's future, given the crappy crappy world we live in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2010 - 45 answers

Dear Future Self,

Can I send postal mail to a place/service that will forward my letter/package at a set date in the future? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Feb 22, 2010 - 7 answers

A new career for the future

I have a friend who is entering his middle years and is looking to change careers. He's in IT, but would like to make a break from it - and try something completely different. What are some ideas for short courses, certifications or degrees that could lead to an interesting, future-ready career?
posted by Dag Maggot on Feb 18, 2010 - 10 answers

Hard boiled in spaaaaaaace.

Future noir. Please recommend detective fiction in a scifi setting. [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Feb 8, 2010 - 67 answers

What does precognition looks like in the short term?

What are some for media depictions of seeing briefly into the future, especially in terms of probability/what could have be? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch on Feb 4, 2010 - 11 answers

Name That Book!

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 - 8 answers

What really long lists can I put my name on now to thank myself later?

Long Term Planning: I just submitted my name to the Packer season ticket waiting list, which is supposed to be 30 years long. I don't even live in Wisconsin, but life could take me anywhere in 30 years, and I like the feeling of knowing it might be an option one day. Are there any other lists or similar things I should do now? [more inside]
posted by 2legit2quit on Nov 16, 2009 - 31 answers

Name this scifi story about highways of the future

Looking for a short sci-fi story that I read on the internet. It was about a police force who worked in the very risky highways of the future, where rocket cars zoomed around at hundreds of miles an hour. [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Nov 1, 2009 - 5 answers

What does the future sound like?

Where is music headed in the 21st century? [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Oct 11, 2009 - 51 answers

Whence "in the not-too-distant future"?

What is the origin of the phrase "in the not-too-distant future"? [more inside]
posted by unregistered_animagus on Oct 9, 2009 - 10 answers

Reminder - everything changes 17 years from today

What game changing reminders is my future calendar missing ? [more inside]
posted by cashman on Oct 6, 2009 - 15 answers

Adjusting my Sails

Do I give in to wanderlust? Or go back to school for a grad degree in Comp. Engr with an eye to robotics? [more inside]
posted by Rubbstone on Sep 30, 2009 - 10 answers

Failed to register for Selective Service - ruined for life?

Let's say your a male and you've made a horrible mistake: you didn't sign up for Selective Service while you still had time. Is there any way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 21, 2009 - 15 answers

Offsetting sea level rise: An engineering idea of Biblical proportions

The seas are rising. Climate change has made it inevitable. I have a strange question... Assuming that world sea-level rises by 1 metre over the next hundred years - Would it be possible to cordon off a section of land, somewhere in the centre of a continent, and flood it to create an artificial ocean, thus reducing the consequences of the sea rise? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 18, 2009 - 30 answers

Advice for lost youngsters?

Ideas for a young couple in a crux to figure out their future? [more inside]
posted by aesacus on Sep 8, 2009 - 22 answers

Is there any research that seeks to quantify from year to year the degree to which humanity has grown more civilized or more depraved?

Is there any research that seeks to quantify from year to year the degree to which humanity has grown more civilized or more depraved? Seems like futurists would do this, but I don't know where to begin to look. Negative factors would include crime, war, human trafficking, starvation, preventable disease. Positive factors would be access to affordable or universal health care, some form of freedom or democracy with a complementary bill of rights. What do you think are the factors that should be measured?
posted by jeffreyclong on Aug 18, 2009 - 8 answers

What is the title of this book?

Identify a book for my girlfriend please. Read in the mid 90's maybe had 'children' in the title. Sci-fi novel about children held captive with woman in a castle after being placed with her through a government forced foster system (children are lent out to childless people for one month). They survive nuclear meltdown and years after by being put into suspended animation. [more inside]
posted by Uncle on Aug 9, 2009 - 5 answers

Should he stay or should he go?

My boyfriend can't decide what he should do about his job. Should he stick with a job he's not happy with but has great job security and benefits? Or is he better off finding something that will make him much happier? Or somewhere in between? Much, much more after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Nolechick11 on Aug 6, 2009 - 20 answers

How Do I Ace This Test?

Where do you want to be in 3 months/ 6 months/ 1 yr/ 3 yrs within the company? My boss asked me to write a response to this when I challenged him about my lack of career direction. Obviously I have my own thoughts, but beyond that, what specifically is *he* wanting to read when I turn this in? What will help convince him to put me on the fast-track to where I want to be?
posted by forallmankind on Jul 25, 2009 - 15 answers

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