Re: Wednesday's chatlog

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Sun Mar 10 2002 - 18:00:17 MST

At 10:56 AM 3/10/02 -0800, Evan Reese wrote:

>Since the term 'singularity' was already in circulation, I
>don't understand why Damien just didn't call the book 'The Singularity'.

Partly out of deference to Vernor Vinge, since I thought he might wish to
write the definitive scholarly book on his construct and I didn't wish to
steal the obvious title out from under him. Since then I've suggested to
him an anthology of the most important papers on the topic, under that
title, but Vernor wasn't interested, explaining that he had too many other
pressing projects. Maybe I'll do it myself if someone doesn't beat me to
it. (You can't imagine how difficult it is to sell this sort of marginal
thing from distant Oz; even with email, you might as well be on Pluto as
far as most US publishers are concerned. I could sell it to an academic
press *in Australia*, but then that tends to kill it for outside Oz, and
the American book distribution system is curiously resistant to handling
books sourced from elsewhere.)

Damien Broderick

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