"Nelson aims to make each project . . . an opportunity to develop a new skill that you could apply to other pursuits. Sewing, sawing, silk screen printing, and soldering: Nelson somehow manages to make then all doable." -- Mark Baard, The Boston Globe"The thing that I found instantly appealing...is the absence of..."assumed stupidity" on the part of the reader....The underlying assumption of intelligence, caution, and ability in the reader is refreshing."
-- Ben Okopnik, Linux Gazette
"This is the stuff that magic and dreams are made of in childhood, at least for those kids who have the idea that magic can be handmade. Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred is a seriously cool book." -- David Middleton, January Magazine
"Seriously: order this soon." -- Rob Malda, founder of Slashdot.org
"Culled from the curriculum of what the author fondly calls 'The Hippie School for Troubled Youths,' these creative projects share a down-to-earth sensibility." -- Bruce Stewart, MAKE
About the Author
David Erik Nelson is a freelance writer and former high school teacher. He developed the projects in this book at an alternative school, with plenty of feedback from his students. His fiction has been nominated for a Nebula award, and has appeared in Asimov's, The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and the forthcoming Steampunk Reloaded anthology. Nelson is a co-creator and frequent contributor to Poor Mojo's Giant Squid (www.squid.poormojo.org), now in its 10th year of weekly publication.