About the Book:

Follow for Now: Interviews with Friends and Heroes is an anthology of forty-three interviews with minds of all kinds. Disinformation named it "among the most important books published in 2007," and Erik Davis called it "a crisp and substantial remix of the major memes of the last decade or so."

Spanning over seven years, Follow for Now includes interviews with such luminaries as Bruce Sterling, Douglas Rushkoff, Philip K. Dick, Aesop Rock, Howard Bloom, David X. Cohen, Richard Saul Wurman, N. Katherine Hayles, Manuel De Landa, Shepard Fairey, Steven Johnson, Geert Lovink, Brenda Laurel, and many, many more -- and interviews by John Brockman, Erik Davis, DJ Spooky, and Mark Dery, among others (click here for the full Table of Contents)... Read more

Latest News:

NewPages: New & Noteworthy

Follow for Now is on the NewPages list of New & Noteworthy books for August of 2008 (down at the bottom under “Anthologies”). Awesome!

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Follow for Now at Beer & Blog

It gets around… Here’s Dawn checking it out at Beer & Blog a couple of weeks ago:

Follow for Now at Beer & Blog

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Droplifted, Part 2

Here are two copies I left at the Barnes & Noble in Dothan, Alabama. Sneaky.

Follow for Now at B&N

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Gareth Branwyn on Follow for Now

Gareth Branwyn posted the following to his StreetTech site today:

Follow for Now: Interviews with Friends and Heroes is a collection of interviews put together by Roy Christopher. It features a glowing cavalcade of cyber stars, talking on technology, culture, media, and science. Interviewees include Bruce Sterling, Doug Rushkoff, Brenda Laurel, DJ Spooky, Steven Johnson, Mark Dery, Geert Lovink, and many others. Oh… and ME. At 400 pages long, with interviews conducted over seven years, this is a fascinating group snapshot of key thinkers of the webbed world. Oh… and ME.

Many thanks to Gareth.

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Droplifted in Alabama

Follow for Now in Books-A-Million

Today, I droplifted a copy of Follow for Now at the Books-A-Million in Dothan, Alabama. It’s right in the middle of the top shelf of the “Social Science” section. If you’re in Dothan, and you’d like to confuse a few retail workers with your purchase, go by and pick it up.

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Aesop Rock Chimes In

Aesop Rock had the following to say about Follow for Now:

fuck yeah. such a diverse collection of interviews from all types of interesting folk. even the people whom i was not familiar with prior to this were great, excluding me cuz i suck at life. really well done, man. i brought it on tour.
best
a.r.

Thanks, Aes!

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Interview about Follow for Now in DIG BMX Magazine

DIG #58

Brian Tunney conducted the following brief interview with me regarding Follow for Now for Issue 58 (May/June, 2007) of DIG BMX Magazine. Thanks, Brian.

Roy Christopher is a Seattle-based man about town that’s been on the BMX scene for as long as anyone’s bothered to count at this point. We first featured Roy in issue 48 of Dig, discussing his interview-based website frontwheeldrive.com in the “Do You Compute?” section. Since then, Roy’s split his time between Seattle and Alabama, taking time along the way to compile an anthology of interviews he’s collected over the years, and self-publishing his work in the recently released book Follow for Now. The book compiles interviews with luminary and challenging personalities from all walks of life, including musicians, artists, and cultural theorists. And Roy was nice enough to rush me some answers to some wise ass questions about the book. Take some time off from the message boards and read on… Read more

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V. Vale on Follow for Now

In his RE/Search newsletter last week, V. Vale had the following to say regarding, Follow for Now:

Note that Roy Christopher has recently authored a must-have collection of his interviews, Follow for Now — order from roychristopher.com or frontwheeldrive.com This is possibly the most “cutting edge” grouping of folks on the intersection of futurism/technology/art yet seen. We couldn’t recommend it highly enough! Check out pages 120-121, 242, 265 as an example…

Many thanks due, and be sure to check out my comments on Vale’s recent book, Pranks 2.

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Erik Davis on Follow for Now

The following blurb appeared on Erik Davis’ blog yesterday (Thanks, Erik!):

“Roy Christopher is the supersharp, humble, and very friendly guy who runs the website frontwheeldrive.com, which has long been one of my favorite spots online to feel the technoculture’s intellectual pulse — which in Christopher’s case is primarily sensed through dialogue. The thirty-something Christopher has a rich background — skateboards, BMX, zines, hip hop, Communication Theory degree from San Diego State (which is brimming with SF writers, by the way) — and all this (or something else, perhaps an alien implant) has given him an acute zeitgeist radar. The heart of frontwheeldrive is scores and scores of on-target, and generally succinct interviews — usually conducted by Roy, but also by folks like Mark Dery and Paul Miller. Now, after what seemed like eons, Christopher has collected a mess of these resonant chats and encased them in Gutenberg form. The book Follow for Now is like a crisp and substantial remix of the major memes of the last decade or so.”

“The interviewees are just the sort of people you hope you might run into at a party when you have had enough dancing and want to get down to postmillennial conundrums: SF writers (Bruce Sterling, Rudy Rucker), hip-hop masterminds (Dälek, Aesop Rock), posthuman theorists (McKenzie Wark, N. Kathering Hayles), visionary bards (Terence McKenna), media sneaks (Geert Lovink, Eric Paulos). Roy invited me to the party a couple of times as well, and Follow for Now contains both a brief interview with me and an interview I did (sorta) with Philip K. Dick (here’s the piece, if you are dying to see how I managed to interview a dead guy). Though Follow for Now appeared with the dreaded slowness of most books, its breadth, accessibility, and zine-worthy cover should give another kick in the pants to these already viral ideas and voices.”

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Roy Christopher: Flip the Script

What follows is the Introduction to my interview anthology Follow for Now: Interviews with Friends and HeroesDouglas Rushkoff suggested that I ask some of the interviewees from the book to ask me questions. I attempted to choose a broad set of people so that I might get a broad set of questions. My interviewers include Rushkoff, Erik Davis, Howard Bloom, Paul D. Miller a.k.a DJ Spooky, Steve Aylett, Howard Rheingold, Steven Shaviro, and Bruce Sterling. Here’s hoping that my answers provide at least a little bit of background as to why I put this book together. Many thanks to everyone involved and to you for your continued interest. Read more

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