Doctorow interviewed on his book 'Little Brother': "I'm a presentist," he says, smiling broadly as he leans back in his chair. "All science fiction writers, whether they admit it or not, are writing metaphorically about the present. To extrapolate the future is really to comment on the now." Marvelous.
"Speculation about the future of the national mapping agency – holder of one of the government's most valuable collections of digital data – arose in the run-up to Monday's pre-Budget report. The Sunday Times suggested Ordnance Survey was one of several state-owned businesses that would be privatised to help the chancellor balance the nation's red ink-filled books. But it was wrong."
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