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
posted by Rhaomi
on Dec 27, 2011 -
You have a great idea for a novel and it's almost November
, so you think now is the time to get cracking. You've decided that hiring a ghostwriter
is too easy, but you don't have 100 days to write your novel
and the snowflake method seems too frilly
. Snowflakes, those delicate little monsters that papered your car when you were stranded on the road in Minnesota. A single snowflake is beautiful, but millions make an avalanche. You were cold, so cold, yet you survived. You're not sure if you have time to read a book on what not to do
), and the search results are daunting
. Forget all that, because you already know how to write, right? Embrace your awesome, magnificent, spellbinding abilities, go forward but never back, ever spinning, shake the rain off your bedspread, and now that you have brewed a delicious pot of steamy, hot, life-giving coffee, you can learn how to write badly well
. [via mefi projects
] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Oct 22, 2009 -
- whom Kurt Vonnegut called "unquestionably a genius" - first achieved success with a study of the utopian commune at New Harmony, Indiana
called Angel in the Forest
. She then spent 18 years writing Miss Macintosh, My Darling
- a 1,198 page
novel that William Goyen praised in The New York Times Book Review
as "a masterwork". She spent the last 30 years of her life writing an unfinished biography of Eugene V. Debs
that was posthumously published, in heavily edited form, as Harp Song for a Radical
. [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese
on May 22, 2009 -
"To make off with hubby's fortune, yea, I think I heard of that happenin' once or twice around L.A. And… you want me to do what exactly?" He found the paper bag he'd brought his supper home in and got busy pretending to scribble notes on it, because straight-chick uniform, makeup supposed to look like no makeup or whatever, here came that old well-known hard-on Shasta was always good for sooner or later. Does it ever end, he wondered. Of course it does. It did. Thomas Pynchon
's next novel, the 416-page Inherent Vice
, is described by Penguin Press
as "part noir, part psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon — private eye Doc Sportello comes, occasionally, out of a marijuana haze to watch the end of an era as free love slips away and paranoia creeps in with the L.A. fog." While we wait for its August 4 publication, we can read an essay on the dystopian musical he co-wrote at Cornell
or watch a clip of that movie they made of Gravity's Rainbow
. [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese
on Feb 6, 2009 -
It's that time of the year again!
NaNoWriMo, previously seen on MeFi here
, has kicked off again. If you're stuck, try these tips
to lift yourself out of the rut, or feel free to run over to the MeTa thread
to grumble about it to fellow NaNo-ers. For the more OCD among us, popular applets to organize your thoughts include bubble.us
, seen here
previously, to create mindmaps and plot diagrams, or yWriter
to organize your prose into chapters and scenes. Other online communities
are joining in the fun. Livejournal is donating $1
to the Young Writer's Program
for every completed novel. So ignore the deterrents
, whip out your thinking hat, and let the logorrhoea start!
posted by Phire
on Nov 3, 2008 -
After an abysmal, embarrasing attempt
at collaborative fiction by Penguin Books, a new site takes a stab at the Wikinovel
, this time, it appears, with a little better organization and planning. Though, still no users.
posted by nospecialfx
on May 30, 2007 -
"A Million Penguins
is an experiment in creative writing and community. Anyone can join in. Anyone can write. Anyone can edit. Let’s see if the crowds are not only wise, but creative. Or will too many cooks spoil the broth?"
posted by goo
on Feb 1, 2007 -
Monday is the last day to declare your intention to write a 50,000-word novel during National Novel Writing Month
(Nov. 1-30). "Dubious fiction writers from all nations are invited to participate," says organizer Chris Baty. So far, around 3,000 writers have pledged to bring 150 million new words into the world.
posted by rcade
on Oct 28, 2001 -
is writing an open source novel
that readers are encouraged to leave footnotes on. These footnotes can contain comments, suggestions or discussion about other footnotes. Is this the future of publishing or a cheap gimmick?
posted by mathowie
on Jul 9, 2001 -