Booksmith Presents: Joe Quirk / Seasteading

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 7:30pm

Booksmith is excited to host Joe Quirk in celebration of his latest work, Seasteading: How Floating Nations Will Restore the Environment, Enrich the Poor, Cure the Sick, and Liberate Humanity from Politicians. Join us!


Imagine a vast new source of sustainable and renewable energy that would also bring more equitable economies. A previously untapped source of farming that could produce significant new sources of nutrition. Future societies where people could choose the communities they want to live in, free from the restrictions of conventional citizenship. This bold vision of our near future as imagined in Seasteading may be drawing close to reality.

Our planet is suffering from serious environmental problems: coastal flooding due to severe storms caused in part by atmospheric pollution and diminishing natural resources among them. But the seas can be home to a new breed of pioneers, seasteaders, who are willing to homestead the Blue Frontier. Oil platforms and cruise ships already inhabit the waters; now it’s time to take the next step to full-fledged ocean civilizations.

Joe Quirk and Patri Friedman show us how cities built on floating platforms in the ocean will work, and they profile some of the visionaries who are implementing basic concepts of seasteading today. An entrepreneur’s dream, these floating cities will become laboratories for innovation and creativity. Seasteading may be visionary, but it already has begun proving the adage that yesterday’s science fiction is tomorrow’s science fact. Welcome to seavilization.




“Really disruptive, definitely visionary, and even more proof that tomorrow will look nothing like today. Seasteading is a grand adventure in sustainability and possibility and it’s definitely a trip worth taking!”  —Steven Kotler, author of Rise of Superman, Bold and Abundance


"New city-states in international waters could eventually house as many as a billion people ...This book assures us that the technology for large-scale seasteading is already here." —The Wall Street Journal



Joe Quirk serves as “Seavangelist” at the Seasteading Institute. He has taught at Lekha School of Creative Writing in San Jose and served as a freelance science humor consultant at Pixar. Quirk co-leads a team working to establish the first seastead with unprecedented political autonomy in the waters of a host nation. He lives in Oakland, California. His previous works include: The Ultimate Rush, Exult, and It's Not You, It's Biology: the Science of Love, Sex & Relationships.

RSVP is appreciated, but not required. If you cannot attend the event, but would like to request a signed copy of Seasteading, please order below and put your request in the comments field.