The Playlist

JEREMY ABBETT / Creative Evangelist

By Jeremy Abbett May 10th, 2018

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Google Creative Evangelist veteran, Speaker, Designer and Creative Consultant Jeremy Abbett shares with us a light, bright playlist of a selection of his favourite books and films.



LITERATURE

1.

The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer by Neal Stephenson

A postcyberpunk novel that is to some extent a science fiction coming-of-age story, focused on a young girl named Nell, and set in a future world in which nanotechnology affects all aspects of life. The novel deals with themes of education, social class, ethnicity, and the nature of artificial intelligence. 


2.

Daemon by Daniel Suarez

A high-tech thriller for the wireless age that explores the unthinkable consequences of a computer program running without human control—a daemon—designed to dismantle society and bring about a new world order.


3.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

"Once there was a tree...and she loved a little boy." So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated and suitable for all ages.



FILM

1.

A Mind Forever Voyaging Through Strange Seas of Thought Alone bMike Mills

This Project Los Altos piece — produced in three different mediums — returns to a familiar setting, depicting the recent past, the present, and the future of a distinct American enclave through the perspectives of its inhabitants. 



2.

Her by Spike Jonze

Set in Los Angeles, slightly in the future, "her" follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user.


3.

Blade Runner by Ridley Scott

Deckard is forced by the police boss to continue his old job as Replicant Hunter. His assignment: eliminate four escaped Replicants from the colonies who have returned to Earth. 

The end.