TINKERERS

David Brin and Jason Land, with art by Jan Feindt


DAVID BRIN's Tinkerers

Metals Publications and Data Services, Inc., 2010

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what if hobbies and interests were valued again?

Did America lose its knack for making things, or is there a "maker culture" revival starting? Manufacturing is the root that all other projects sprout from... even the arts!

Set in the near future of 2024, Tinkerers portrays a small American town whose nearby river bridge — its lifeline to the world — collapses one day for lack of maintenance and care. Young Danny Nakamura becomes a hero, using his tinkering skills to save a busload of kids. He then decides to go on a quest, visiting some of the smartest people in town to ask them why and how this disaster could have happened. Did the bridge's decay and collapse illustrate a decline in citizens' ability to maintain their civilization?

Tinkerers combines graphic art with a guided tour of history and tech, exploring how to win back the knack! Some Background: David Brin was asked by the Metals Service Center Institute to create a comic book set 20 years from now that discusses the many reasons for US industrial decline... and how it might come back.

Tinkerers was co-written with Jason Land, with art by Jan Feindt. It was released in print form January, 2011.

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A companion study guide to help individuals, students and classes appraise, understand and discuss Tinkerers is now available.

Also, see this Salon article about the importance of tinkering to our future.


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    why do we need tinkerers?

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    "For we already live in the openness experiment, and have for two hundred years. It is called the Enlightenment — with 'light' both a core word and a key concept in our turn away from 4,000 years of feudalism."
    — from The Transparent Society

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