Kevin Kelly is the founding executive editor of Wired magazine, and a former editor/publisher of the Whole Earth Review. He has also been a writer, photographer, conservationist, and student of Asian and digital culture.

  • Childhood’s End

    In the Retro Hugo Award???nominated novel that inspired the Syfy miniseries, alien invaders bring peace to Earth???at a grave price: ???A first-rate tour de force??? (The New York Times).,In the near future, enormous silver spaceships appear without warning over mankind???s largest cities. They belong to the Overlords, an alien race far superior to humanity in technological development. Their purpose is to dominate Earth. Their demands, however, are surprisingly benevolent: end war, poverty, and cruelty. Their presence, rather than signaling the end of humanity, ushers in a golden age . . . or so it seems.,Without conflict, human culture and progress stagnate. As the years pass, it becomes clear that the Overlords have a hidden agenda for the evolution of the human race that may not be as benevolent as it seems.,???Frighteningly logical, believable, and grimly prophetic . . . Clarke is a master.??? ???Los Angeles Times

  • Finite and Infinite Games

    There are at least two kinds of games, states James P. Carse as he begins this extraordinary book. One could be called finite; the other infinite. Finite games are the familiar contests of everyday life; they are played in order to be won, which is when they end. But infinite games are more mysterious. Their object is not winning, but ensuring the continuation of play. The rules may change, the boundaries may change, even the participants may change as long as the game is never allowed to come to an end. What are infinite games? How do they affect the ways we play our finite games? What are we doing when we play finitely or infinitely? And how can infinite games affect the ways in which we live our lives?,Carse explores these questions with stunning elegance, teasing out of his distinctions a universe of observation and insight, noting where and why and how we play, finitely and infinitely. He surveys our world from the finite games of the playing field and playing board to the infinite games found in culture and religion leaving all we think we know illuminated and transformed. Along the way, Carse finds new ways of understanding everything, from how an actress portrays a role to how we engage in sex, from the nature of evil to the nature of science. Finite games, he shows, may offer wealth and status, power and glory, but infinite games offer something far more subtle and far grander.,Carse has written a book rich in insight and aphorism. Already an international literary event, Finite and Infinite Games is certain to be argued about and celebrated for years to come. Reading it is the first step in learning to play the infinite game.

  • Future Shock

    “The best study of our times that I know. . . . Of all the books that I have read in the last 20 years, it is by far the one that has taught me the most.”???Le Figaro,Future Shock is about the present. Future Shock is about what is happening today to people and groups who are overwhelmed by change. Change affects our products, communities, organizations???even our patterns of friendship and love.,Future Shock vividly describes the emerging global civilization: tomorrow???s family life, the rise of new businesses, subcultures, life-styles, and human relationships???all of them temporary. ,Future Shock illuminates the world of tomorrow by exploding countless clich??s about today.,Future Shock will intrigue, provoke, frighten, encourage, and, above all, change everyone who reads it.

  • G??del, Escher, Bach

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize,A metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the spirit of Lewis Carroll.,Douglas Hofstadter’s book is concerned directly with the nature of “maps” or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal system of firing neurons, then so too will computers attain human intelligence. G??del, Escher, Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more.

  • Gandhi

    Mohandas K. Gandhi is one of the most inspiring figures of our time. In his classic autobiography he recounts the story of his life and how he developed his concept of active nonviolent resistance, which propelled the Indian struggle for independence and countless other nonviolent struggles of the twentieth century.,In a new foreword, noted peace expert and teacher Sissela Bok urges us to adopt Gandhi’s “attitude of experimenting, of testing what will and will not bear close scrutiny, what can and cannot be adapted to new circumstances,”in order to bring about change in our own lives and communities.,All royalties earned on this book are paid to the Navajivan Trust, founded by Gandhi, for use in carrying on his work.

  • How Buildings Learn

    Buildings have often been studies whole in space, but never before have they been studied whole in time. How Buildings Learn is a masterful new synthesis that proposes that buildings adapt best when constantly refined and reshaped by their occupants, and that architects can mature from being artists of space to becoming artists of time.,From the connected farmhouses of New England to I.M. Pei’s Media Lab, from “satisficing” to “form follows funding,” from the evolution of bungalows to the invention of Santa Fe Style, from Low Road military surplus buildings to a High Road English classic like Chatsworth???this is a far-ranging survey of unexplored essential territory.,More than any other human artifacts, buildings improve with time???if they’re allowed to. How Buildings Learn shows how to work with time rather than against it.

  • It’s All Too Much

    Whether it???s tidying up or tiny-house living, the decluttering revolution is taking America by storm. In It???s All Too Much organizational expert Peter Walsh reveals the tools for taking control of your physical???and emotional???clutter in order to reclaim your life.,Are you surrounded by papers? Overstuffed closets? Are you stepping over toys or searching under piles, and leaving boxes of mementos unopened for years? Do you feel under siege by your belongings? Peter Walsh, the organizational guru from TLC’s hit show Clean Sweep, understands.,It’s All Too Much is Peter???s proven system for anyone who wants to let go and escape the suffocating clutter in their lives. With his good humor and reassuring advice, Peter shows you how to face the really big question: What is the vision for the life you want to live? Through simple techniques and step-by-step plans, you can assess the state of your home, prioritize your possessions, and let go of the clutter you have been holding on to that has kept you from living the life you imagine. Going way beyond color-coded boxes and storage bin solutions, It’s All Too Much shows you how to honestly determine what adds to your quality of life and what’s keeping you from living the life of your dreams. The result is freed-up space, less stress, and more energy for living a happier, richer life every day.

  • Leaves of Grass

    When Walt Whitman self-published “Leaves of Grass” in 1855, he rocked the literary world and forever changed the course of poetry. In subsequent editions, Whitman continued to revise and expand his poems–but none matched the raw power and immediacy of the first edition. This beautifully designed volume presents the 1855 “Leaves of Grass” in its entirety, unchanged, along with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous letter to Whitman.

  • Making Comics

    Scott McCloud tore down the wall between high and low culture in 1993 with ,, a massive comic book about comics, linking the medium to such diverse fields as media theory, movie criticism, and web design. In ,, McCloud took this to the next level, charting twelve different revolutions in how comics are generated, read, and perceived today.,Now, in ,, McCloud focuses his analysis on the art form itself, exploring the creation of comics, from the broadest principles to the sharpest details (like how to accentuate a character’s facial muscles in order to form the emotion of disgust rather than the emotion of surprise.) And he does all of it in his inimitable voice and through his cartoon stand???in narrator, mixing dry humor and legitimate instruction. McCloud shows his reader how to master the human condition through word and image in a brilliantly minimalistic way. Both comic book devotees and the uninitiated will marvel at this journey into a once???underappreciated art form.

  • Open Borders

    Economist Bryan Caplan makes a bold case for unrestricted immigration in this fact-filled graphic nonfiction.,American policy-makers have long been locked in a heated battle over whether, how many, and what kind of immigrants to allow to live and work in the country. Those in favor of welcoming more immigrants often cite humanitarian reasons, while those in favor of more restrictive laws argue the need to protect native citizens.,But economist Bryan Caplan adds a new, compelling perspective to the immigration debate: He argues that opening all borders could eliminate absolute poverty worldwide and usher in a booming worldwide economy???greatly benefiting humanity.,With a clear and conversational tone, exhaustive research, and vibrant illustrations by Zach Weinersmith, Open Borders makes the case for unrestricted immigration easy to follow and hard to deny.

  • Regional Advantage

    Why is it that in the ???90s, business in California???s Silicon Valley flourished, while along Route 128 in Massachusetts it declined? The answer, Annalee Saxenian suggests, has to do with the fact that despite similar histories and technologies, Silicon Valley developed a decentralized but cooperative industrial system while Route 128 came to be dominated by independent, self-sufficient corporations. The result of more than one hundred interviews, this compelling analysis highlights the importance of local sources of competitive advantage in a volatile world economy.

  • Shantaram

    “It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured.”,So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. , is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear.,Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, the two enter Bombay’s hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.,As a hunted man without a home, family, or identity, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city’s poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The search leads him to war, prison torture, murder, and a series of enigmatic and bloody betrayals. The keys to unlock the mysteries and intrigues that bind Lin are held by two people. The first is Khader Khan: mafia godfather, criminal-philosopher-saint, and mentor to Lin in the underworld of the Golden City. The second is Karla: elusive, dangerous, and beautiful, whose passions are driven by secrets that torment her and yet give her a terrible power.,Burning slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison agonies, criminal wars and Bollywood films, spiritual gurus and mujaheddin guerrillas—this huge novel has the world of human experience in its reach, and a passionate love for India at its heart. Based on the life of the author, it is by any measure the debut of an extraordinary voice in literature.

  • So Good They Can’t Ignore You

    Cal Newport’s clearly-written manifesto flies in the face of conventional wisdom by suggesting that it should be a person’s talent and skill – and not necessarily their passion – that determines their career path.,Newport, who graduated from Dartmouth College (Phi Beta Kappa) and earned a PhD. from MIT, contends that trying to find what drives us, instead of focusing on areas in which we naturally excel, is ultimately harmful and frustrating to job seekers.,The title is a direct quote from comedian Steve Martin who, when once asked why he was successful in his career, immediately replied: “Be so good they can’t ignore you” and that’s the main basis for Newport’s book. Skill and ability trump passion.,Inspired by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ famous Stanford University commencement speech in which Jobs urges idealistic grads to chase their dreams, Newport takes issue with that advice, claiming that not only is thsi advice Pollyannish, but that Jobs himself never followed his own advice.,From there, Newport presents compelling scientific and contemporary case study evidence that the key to one’s career success is to find out what you do well, where you have built up your ‘career capital,’ and then to put all of your efforts into that direction.

  • The Adventures of Johnny Bunko

    View the animated video for , and check out popular books for the new graduate here.,There???s never been a career guide like , by Daniel H. Pink (author of ,). Told in manga???the Japanese comic book format that???s an international sensation???it???s the fully illustrated story of a young Everyman just out of college who lands his first job.,Johnny Bunko is new to the Boggs Corp., and he stumbles through his early months as a working stiff until a crisis prompts him to rethink his approach. Step by step he builds a career, illustrating as he does the six core lessons of finding, keeping, and flourishing in satisfying work. A groundbreaking guide to surviving and flourishing in any career, , is smart, engaging and insightful, and offers practical advice for anyone looking for a life of rewarding work.

  • The Essential Rumi

    The best-selling Rumi book ever is now better than ever! This revised and expanded edition of the comprehensive one-volume edition of America???s most popular poet includes a new introduction by Coleman Barks, and 57 new poems never published before.The ecstatic, spiritual poetry of Rumi is more popular than ever, and The Essential Rumi continues to be far and away the top-selling title of all Rumi books. With the addition of many new poems and a new introduction, The Essential Rumi is now clearly the definitive, and most delightful selection of Rumi???s poetry.

  • The Fountainhead

    The revolutionary literary vision that sowed the seeds of Objectivism, Ayn Rand’s groundbreaking philosophy, and brought her immediate worldwide acclaim. This modern classic is the story of intransigent young architect Howard Roark, whose integrity was as unyielding as granite…of Dominique Francon, the exquisitely beautiful woman who loved Roark passionately, but married his worst enemy…and of the fanatic denunciation unleashed by an enraged society against a great creator. As fresh today as it was then, Rand???s provocative novel presents one of the most challenging ideas in all of fiction???that man???s ego is the fountainhead of human progress…,???A writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly…This is the only novel of ideas written by an American woman that I can recall.??????The New York Times

  • The Innovator’s Dilemma

    Named one of 100 Leadership & Success Books to Read in a Lifetime by Amazon Editors. A Wall Street Journal and Businessweek bestseller. Named by Fast Company as one of the most influential leadership books in its Leadership Hall of Fame. An innovation classic. From Steve Jobs to Jeff Bezos, Clay Christensen???s work continues to underpin today???s most innovative leaders and organizations.,The bestselling classic on disruptive innovation, by renowned author Clayton M. Christensen. His work is cited by the world???s best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell. In this classic bestseller???one of the most influential business books of all time???innovation expert Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding companies can do everything right???yet still lose market leadership. Christensen explains why most companies miss out on new waves of innovation. No matter the industry, he says, a successful company with established products will get pushed aside unless managers know how and when to abandon traditional business practices. ,Offering both successes and failures from leading companies as a guide, The Innovator???s Dilemma gives you a set of rules for capitalizing on the phenomenon of disruptive innovation. Sharp, cogent, and provocative???and consistently noted as one of the most valuable business ideas of all time???The Innovator???s Dilemma is the book no manager, leader, or entrepreneur should be without.

  • The Qur’an

    One of the most influential books in the history of literature, recognized as the greatest literary masterpiece in Arabic, the Qur’an is the supreme authority and living source of all Islamic teaching, the sacred text that sets out the creed, rituals, ethics, and laws of Islam. Yet despite the growing interest in Islamic teachings and culture, there has never been a truly satisfactory English translation of the Qur’an, until now.,This superb new translation of the Qur’an is written in contemporary language that remains faithful to the meaning and spirit of the original, making the text crystal clear while retaining all of this great work’s eloquence. The translation is accurate and completely free from the archaisms, incoherence, and alien structures that mar existing translations. Thus, for the first time, English-speaking readers will have a text of the Qur’an which is easy to use and comprehensible. Furthermore, Haleem includes notes that explain geographical, historical, and personal allusions as well as an index in which Qur’anic material is arranged into topics for easy reference. His introduction traces the history of the Qur’an, examines its structure and stylistic features, and considers issues related to militancy, intolerance, and the subjection of women.

  • The Sound of the One Hand

    When The Sound of the One Hand came out in Japan in 1916 it caused a scandal. Zen was a secretive practice, its wisdom relayed from master to novice in strictest privacy. That a handbook existed recording not only the riddling koans that are central to Zen teaching but also detailing the answers to them seemed to mark Zen as rote, not revelatory.,For all that, The Sound of the One Hand opens the door to Zen like no other book. Including koans that go back to the master who first brought the koan teaching method from China to Japan in the eighteenth century, this book offers, in the words of the translator, editor, and Zen initiate Yoel Hoffmann, ???the clearest, most detailed, and most correct picture of Zen??? that can be found. What we have here is an extraordinary introduction to Zen thought as lived thought, a treasury of problems, paradoxes, and performance that will appeal to artists, writers, and philosophers as well as Buddhists and students of religion.

  • The Ultimate Resource

    The Ultimate Resource is a 1981 book written by Julian Lincoln Simon challenging the notion that humanity was running out of natural resources.