This website is independently-created and maintained by long-time James Burke enthusiast and internet marketer Tom Palmer and currently contains a variety of information about Mr. Burke and his offerings. There are links to a number of other websites, plus biographical materials, press releases and product descriptions. Browse around and feel free to let me (the webmaster) know of any new information that can and should be included in this site. I can be reached at info@fantasticplaces.com.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this site comes from a wide variety of sources and is selected for publication solely by the site's editor/webmaster Tom Palmer. Please be advised that James Burke does NOT necessarily endorse or associate himself with the information or organizations mentioned in the James Burke Fan Companion website and periodic e-mail news updates. Likewise, the information contained in this site does NOT necessarily represent the views and opinions of Mr. Burke.

NOTICE TO VISITORS: All messages sent to this site that are not marked "PRIVATE" or "DO NOT PUBLISH" have the potential to be displayed on this site for public viewing. Such messages may also be distributed to parties associated with Mr. Burke for research purposes.

When you have finished here, be sure to also visit the official Knowledge Web Project information site and see what Mr. Burke has planned for the future.


June 04, 2008 - Shelley Hayduk from TheBrain Technologies sent me web links to the recording of James Burke's recent online "webinar". If you wish to see James describe his ongoing work, go here: Highlights - Complete Webinar, Part 1 - Complete Webinar, Part 2. It's fun and informative. Enjoy James broadcasting live from his personal office in the UK.

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May 05, 2008 - Shelley Hayduk from TheBrain Technologies wrote in to let me know that James will be conducting an on-line seminar on MAY 22, 2008 at 8:00 am PST (11:00 am EST) to discuss the Knowledge Web and his involvement with TheBrain Technologies' software. The on-line lecture is open to the public, but you must register beforehand to view and listen to the talk. Details can be found here.

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January 09, 2008 - I just received an e-mail from Peter Alesso alerting me to a new book he and Professor Craig F. Smith authored entitled Connections: Patterns of Discovery.

Mr. Burke penned the book's forward. An excerpt - "In their fascinating analysis of the recent history of information technology, Peter Alesso and Craig Smith reveal the patterns in discovery and innovation that have brought us to the present tipping point... A generation from now every individual will have personally-tailored access to the whole of knowledge... The sooner we all begin to think about how we got here, and where we're going, the better. This exciting book is an essential first step."

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January 03, 2008 - Online interview - Today, a gentleman named Dan Carlin notified me that James Burke agreed to be interviewed for his Hardcore History podcast. The program can be found here as an mp3 file. Happy listening!

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October 18, 2007 - BIG NEWS!!! - A fan e-mailed in to notify me that a number of James Burke clips have appeared on YouTube. These span the range of his programs from early days to the latest material. Rare stuff, indeed. Items that people have been requesting to see for years. I don't know how long these segments will stay on YouTube (due to copyright violation), so I suggest you go there now for a look. Enjoy seeing James in his earlier days. Also, some programs are in Spanish.

When you arrive at YouTube, do a search for "James Burke", or one of this many program titles.

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February 18, 2007 - A note from James concerning the official publishing dates for a couple of his books:

"The publishing dates for the two books is now fixed as July 4th."
a) for an updated re-issue of' 'Connections' (this time, by Simon and Schuster) and
b) the new book, 'American Connections: The Founding Fathers. Networked.'

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October 18, 2006 - Greetings! I just discovered a series of pages on the ever-expanding Wikipedia website that are devoted to Mr. Burke. They are quite interesting and informative. To see the latest entry, click here.

For those of you who might be unfamiliar with the Wikipedia, it is a compilation of information submitted and edited by random Internet users. Please be warned: Wikipedia pages change frequently and may be inaccurate.

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October 11, 2006 - James has recently written in to mention that his new book regarding "connections" in America, is scheduled for release on July 4, 2007.

PLEASE NOTE: James has put in a request for a set of Spanish language "Connections 1" VHS tapes for an individual in South America. If anyone out there knows where this item can be acquired, please e-mail me at info@fantasticplaces.com. Thanks!

Also, in the not too distant past, Mr. Burke's "Knowledge Web" website received a makeover. Why not go there for a visit to check out the progress on this amazing project. K-Web link

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April 12, 2006 - Activity on the James Burke site has been relatively quiet over the last two or three years, so I am taking this opportunity to do a little house-cleaning before the next big wave hits.

Currently, Mr. Burke is in the middle of writing another "Connections-style" book. Also, his Knowledge Web project continues to undergo development. I will let you know when both of these items become available for public consumption. In the mean time, you may be able to catch James at one of his infrequent speaking engagements.

That's it for now. Please continue to write in as comments and question occur to you. Sincerely, Tom Palmer