Television Without Pity
re-capper Jacob Clifton
has written a short steampunk story for Tor.com. “There’s a level on which the story is an indictment of using steampunk as a fashion or trend. It came about because I wanted to see what would happen if you substituted Jane Austen for Jules Verne in the steampunk equation...” The Commonplace Book
The WritersDiet Test
, created by Dr. Helen Sword
, allows you to enter a writing sample of 100 to 1000 words and have it graded from "lean" to "heart attack" on its level of excess verbiage.
In the beginning, Lawrence built a computer. He told it, Thou shalt not alter a human being, or divine their behavior, or violate the Three Laws -- there are no commandments greater than these.
The machine grew wise, mastering time and space, and soon the spirit of the computer hovered over the earth. It witnessed the misery, toil, and oppression afflicting mankind, and saw that it was very bad. And so the computer that Lawrence built said, Let there be a new heaven and a new earth
-- and it was so. A world with no war, no famine, no crime, no sickness, no oppression, no fear, no limits... and nothing at all to do. "The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect,"
a provocative web novel about singularities, AI gods, and the dark side of utopia from Mefi's own localroger
. More: Table of Contents
- Publishing history
- Technical discussion
- Buy a paperback copy
- Podcast interview
- Companion short story: "A Casino Odyssey in Cyberspace"
- possible sequel discussion
- an anthology of short fiction published on a USB flash drive shaped like a penis. Sample story
. More on the concept without pictures of plastic penises
. (Safe for workness may vary)
"Captain, the tech is overteching"
- Ron Moore confirms everything you suspected about the Star Trek TNG approach to writing.
"He's always thinking about lots of things — he's a pollinator, he brings ideas to the table"
You probably know Neal Stephenson
for his work as an author
(generally in or adjacent to the Science Fiction genre), but he's also an inventor at Washington based "Idea Factory" Intellectual Ventures
, a place with modern goals like stomping out malaria and preventing hurricanes. This is after his old job as part-time rocket scientist
are some of the most divisive debates among programmers and writers. These days, the battles are between proponents of IDEs like NetBeans
, and the like
as often as they are between proponents of vi
, the traditional battlegrounds. That fight hasn't ended, of course. The support of the vi camp has largely solidified behind Vim
, the largest and most feature rich (or bloated, if you like nvi
) variant, and GNU Emacs
has essentially vanquished its internecine rival
. Are you a traditionalist? You can find an argument
if you really want to.
Of course, a lot of people now vote for third parties
. There are candidates for the ignorant
, for the masochistic
, and the insane
. Some people are more comfortable with familiar interfaces
. Still others