Invent Utopia Now, Transhumanist Suggestions for the Pre-Singularity Era

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This startling, controversial collection of essays by pundit/provocateur Hank Pellissier promotes his hedonist-transhumanist-egalitarian vision of the future. The articles, backed by data and optimistic imagination, examine numerous bio-ethical and politically flammable topics: sexbots, in-vitro meat, Israel, parent licenses, women-only leadership, public nudity, artificial wombs and cryonics. More
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About Hank Pellissier

Hank Pellissier is a writer, producer, director, and nonprofit administrator. He is a former columnist for,, and, and writes education content frequently for and TalkingPoints. He is a former San Francisco Poetry Slam co-champion, and he's anthologized in The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. He's a former Managing Director for the think Tank, Institute for Ethics & Emerging technology, and he is presently the founder/director of the Humanist global Charity.

Critics have praised his comic writing and theater work as "a quirky, witty writer, with a knack for the provocative twist… hilarious” - San Francisco Examiner

“shocking, inspired…absurdist humor, with a cogent political analysis” - San Francisco Weekly

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Reviews of Invent Utopia Now, Transhumanist Suggestions for the Pre-Singularity Era by Hank Pellissier

Alex McGilvery reviewed on Aug. 16, 2011

Invent Utopia Now is a collection of essays by Hank Pellisier. He covers a broad range of topics from feminism and its positive effect on average lifespans to nudity to a suggestion that parents be licensed before they have children. Hank also uses a variety of ways to make his point from statistics, he has an admitted addiction to top ten lists, to personal opinion, to scientific studies. The essays follow a common thread which is that we don't need to wait for some outside impetus to make our lives better. There are things we can do right now to change our lives and the lives of the rest of the people on the planet for the better.

While the title suggests that the book is aimed at the small subset of humanity who are transhumanists, in reality every one will find something in these essays to cause them to think a little deeper about some of their assumptions about the world. As a bonus Hank's writes in a take no prisoners style with both humour and challenge. He talks about what is possible, then pushes it as far as it will go to see what will happen.

I found as I read the book that I wanted to argue with a lot of what Hank was saying. This is a good thing. It means that I was being forced to think and respond. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to think, argue and work towards a future that is better than what we have right now.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
Pariah Drake reviewed on June 28, 2011

What can I say about Hank Pellissier?

He's provocative, witty, engaging, and hilarious while drawing serious attention to very important issues humanity faces.

Whether you agree with him or disagree, his essays will make you think hard, and laugh out loud at the same time.

Able to deal with sharp criticism in a positive way, and to adjust his perspective on the fly without guilt or compromising his vision or integrity, Hank is a rare writer that I feel lucky to have had the chance to converse directly with through online blogs and email.

I have had the opportunity to learn much, and teach much through my participation in these discussions, and look forward to many more of them in the future.

The links to the original blogs/articles are included in this ebook, and some of them are still open, an added bonus in my eyes.

I hope you enjoy these essays as much as I did.

(reviewed the day of purchase)
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