The theme of this book was inspired by Stella Monday, who, in 1979 asked for submissions for an issue of Back Roads magazine on technology and culture.
. . . technology is tool-using—What tools have we, have we made, have made us; what tools could we have, could we be; what have they brought us, in art, relationship, health, government, style, purpose?
Marshall McLuhan said, “We shape our tools. And then our tools shape us.”
Some of the ideas in these poems are in the realm of science fiction, but some explore worlds of technology and culture that we live in today. Our world today would have seemed like science fiction a hundred years ago.
The term novum describes an invention that underpins both science fiction and fantasy, but whereas in fantasy it exists by magic, in science fiction it is assumed to exist by scientific means.
Photo by Terry M. Sharp
Tom Sharp is a Native American of Aleut heritage, a member of Seldovia Village Tribe. He is the author of numerous books, including Spectacles: A Sampler of Poems and Prose, Taurean Horn Press (ISBN 0-931552-10-9), a novel, Hans and the Clock (ISBN 979-8580172484), The book of science, SciFi (ISBN 979-8694935210), Things People Do (ISBN 979-8687425568), The book of beliefs (ISBN 979-8683553593), The I Ching (ISBN 979-8573510620), Images (ISBN 979-8577560515), Aleut Artifacts (ISBN 979-8575608998), Aleut Words (ISBN 979-8582103394), and First Nations (ISBN 979-8682924769).