A PDF of Clarke’s classic essay on the follies of prediction. From the 1972 collection The Futurists, edited by Alvin Toffler.
The UK Space Agency has a magazine called “space:uk” and you can download PDFs of back issues.
Tech specs for a spacecraft that doesn’t exist (yet).
A free PDF download from NASA on all things SETI, specifically the challenges of interspecies interstellar communication.
You can download the PDF of Anton’s graphic novel Gather for free.
Science Fiction Film as Design Scenario Exercise for Psychological Habitability: Production Designs 1955-2009
A white paper that looks to sci-fi films as potential prototypes for habitats for humans in space, with an emphasis on dealing with the psychological issues involved.
Forty Years of Movie Hacking: Considering the Potential Implications of the Popular Media Representation of Computer Hackers from 1968 to 2008
An in-depth look at the portrayal of hackers on film.
A well-written white paper on time travel. Alas, it relies a bit too much on semantic nitpickery to offer any real insight.
This (free!) PDF looks like it could be a nice companion piece to Chris and Nathan’s recent book:
Human-computer interaction in science-fiction movies and television.
It’s a work in progress. You’ll notice a lot of placeholders where the images should be. That’s because the studios are demanding extortionate rates for screenshots.
These short pocketbooks from Five Simple Steps look like they’ll be very handy indeed. Shame they won’t be available in dead-tree format: I bet they’d be really cute.
A PDF to download and read that is both funny and fascinating.
A blow-by-blow legal analysis of the second verse of Jay-Z’s 99 Problems.
Re-examining Von Neumann probes, reconciling their apparent scarcity with the Fermi paradox.
A PDF of the slides (with copious notes) from Josh’s brilliant presentation. I love this guy!
A 2004 paper on huffduffing.
A $15 PDF book on jQuery from Cody Lindley.
A free PDF of the inside story of George Lucas, his intensely private company, and their work to revolutionize filmmaking. Discover the birth of Pixar, digital video editing, videogame avatars, THX sound, and a host of other icons of the media age.
Near Future Laboratory » Blog Archive » Design Fiction: A Short Essay on Design, Science, Fact and Fiction
Download the PDF of this essay from the Near Future Laboratory and wallow in the sci-fi/tech/design goodness.
A beautiful PDF literary magazine, designed to be printed out and read away from the computer. I'd still love to see an HTML version.
Lawrence Lessig's newest book, Remix: Making art and commerce thrive in the hybrid economy, is now available as a free PDF download.
For three days you can buy 5 PDF books for the price of 1 from Sitepoint and your money will go to the victims of the bushfires.
A handy cheat sheet of jQuery methods to print out and keep on hand.
A cheat sheet for combining typefaces. No hard and fast rules but a handy guide to print out and use.
Mark Boulton is self-publishing a PDF book on design. Let the eager anticipation begin.
Brian's PDF book on microformats is now available from O'Reilly for $9.99. Congratulations, Mr. Suda!
Just in case you haven't seen Brian's microformats cheat sheet, here it is. Print and keep by your desk.
The PDF book of the T-shirt of the philosophy from 37 Signals. There are 4 chapters online for you to sample.
Download the PDF of the slides and play around with the demo from Tim Lucas' recent presentation.