"Mom! Bethany won't let me play Doodle Jump!"
Because there's a story behind every emoji-laden review app review.
Fire the Bastards... examined the initial 55 reviews that appeared in response to the publication of William Gaddis's masterpiece
The Recognitions. [more inside]
On Self-Delusion and Bounded Rationality
A short story by M.I.T. faculty member Scott Aaronson
about a woman whose rationality got in the way of her happiness. [more inside]
War of the words
- Science fiction was once driven by a faith in human ability to change the world. These days, the genre seeks to expose the illusions of everyday life.
-future science fiction
] & radical presentism
] (via mr
Choice of Broadsides
is a choose-your-own-adventure game set in an alternate 19th Century world that is much like our own, where Albion and Gaul fight for naval supremacy. You can choose to be a gentleman in a standard patriarchal society, or a gentlewoman in a matriarchal one. Later on in the game you can choose your sexual orientation. Originally there were no options for a same-sex relationship, but after demands from players, it was added in
. Spoilers below the cut. [more inside]
A row has broken out
over Sharon Dogar's
fictionalisation of Anne Frank's relationship with neighbour Peter van Pels, told through his eyes. According to the Sunday Times, the diaries include graphic accounts of Peter’s desire for Anne
and intimate scenes between the two. Her surviving cousin, Buddy Elias, is not happy
. [more inside]
Wikipedia too credible for your liking? You need to spend some time in Fictopedia
, the fictional encyclopedia. Learn about the totally fake adventure game Schmaxilla
, the nonexistent Norswedish beat poet Arnis Radis
, and the entirely fabricated but still controversial Spirit Displacement Device
! Then create a free account and add your own plausible untruths to the canon. [via mefi projects
] [more inside]
, a new online Science Fiction magazine featuring fiction and nonfiction, launches today.
Who needs 12 Monkeys
or 26 Monkeys?
MeFite A.G. Pasquella's new book is all about one monkey, with a question: Why Not A Spider Monkey Jesus?
The independently-published book has a nifty cross-platform approach and features a killer cover
by Michael Kupperman (Kupperman, previously)
. [via mefi projects
Too Much Horror Fiction:
"Covering horror literature and its resplendent paperback cover art, mostly from the 1960s through the early 1990s. Mostly."
Following Steve Eley stepping down
as editor of Escape Pod
, the first and probably most popular science fiction podcast magazine, Mur Laffety
has taken up the reins
. Probably best known for I Should Be Writing
, a podcast for wanna-be fiction writers, Mur also currently hosts Tor.com's fiction podcast
The official Church of Satan Video List
. The official Church of Satan Fiction Reading List
. The official Church of Satan Non-Fiction Reading List
: Ching raises one hand ahead of him and delivers a series of complex commands to the fabric of reality. [more inside]
I Love Dick is composed of the billet doux written by [Chris] Kraus and husband, Columbia philosopher Sylvere Lotringer, to their special friend, Dick. As a kind of art-world roman a clef, the novel fuses gossip and "theory." The profanely and lustfully personal coalesces with intellectual ambition and conceit.
— Atmospheric digital fiction projects designed to be experienced on a computer with the lights down and your sound turned up. Use the mouse to pan around and interact. [more inside]
Inspired by Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, other authors give their own lists of personal dos and don'ts (Part 1
, Part 2
Due to a rewording of the rules
Science Fiction podcast StarShipSofa (previously
) could be eligible for a Hugo award
. Meanwhile the current episode
features The Gambler (text version here
), a story by Paolo Bacigalupi
- best known as the author of The Windup Girl
, one of TIME Magazine's ten books of the year
("Not just science fiction, mind, but fiction, generally") and almost certainly a favorite for the Hugo's best novel category.
The New York Times
called it "a great work of art" (NYT login required)
. Martin Amis called it "a waterlogged corpse at the stage of maximal bloat"
. You can judge for yourself by reading an annotated, hyperlinked edition
. This timeline
and this geography
might help. (For extra credit, here
are texts mentioned in the story.)
Inspired by Charles Stross' A Colder War
and Atrocity Archives
stories, noder The Custodian
has written a series of fictional, Lovecraftian intelligence briefings entitled "The Benthic Wars": SPECWEAPS
, DEEP BLACK
, PRIOR TENANT
, BENTHIC OUTREACH
, VIOLET CAIN
, SAKNUSSEM THUNDER
and INDRA NEPTUNE
Meanwhile, others ponder the question: What if HP Lovecraft had co-invented C?
On Writing Gay Characters
: Megan Rose Gedris.at Squidoo talks about common mistakes and preceptions to avoid when writing LGBT characters.
"new" fiction from David Foster Wallace.
"Meanwhile, down in Vaginaland, Mr Condom's beginning to feel a bit iffy. He's overheating. For some reason, the shagging seems to be twice as fast this evening, and he grimaces as he gets flung willy-nilly in and out of the pink tunnel. He starts getting friction burns, hanging onto Bobby's stiff penis for dear life, headbutting Georgie's cervix at 180 beats per minute. 'Help me!' he yells in the darkness, feeling himself melting."
This year's worst sex. [NSFW or post-turkey family reading] [more inside]
Although it's commonplace nowadays to assume that J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings was the primary source of inspiration for Dave Arneson and Gary Gygax when they created the world's first tabletop roleplaying game, Dungeons & Dragons, a careful examination of the game suggests otherwise... James Maliszewski
on The Books That Founded D&D
. Some disagreement
- 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)
STEP 1 Buy 100 pieces of crap from thrift stores and garage sales.
STEP 2 Get 100 authors to write a fiction about pieces of crap.
STEP 3 ???
STEP 4 Profit!
hosts the stories for all 100 pieces of crap/art, but the last six are still available for bidding: Blue Vase
by Lauren Mechling
, Umbrella Trinket
by Bruce Holland Rogers
, Lighter Shaped Like a Small Pool Ball
by Rob Agredo
, Bar Mitzvah Bookends
by Stacey Levine
, Geisha Bobblehead
, and Missouri Shotglass
by Jonathan Lethem
Christopher Bird at Mighty God King has written some corkers in the past - from his ejection from Livejournal owing to his review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
to his frequent conversations with Flapjacks and Photoshopping of Final Fantasy Covers
He's really outdone himself this time, with Scenes From An Alternate Universe Where The Beatles Accepted Lorne Michaels’ Generous Offer
. Read it, and, quite possibly, weep.
Bonus points to the first person who constructs a Primer-level explanation of what happened.
's self-published first novel One Fall
explores the world of professional wrestling through the eyes of an up-and-coming star, a taken-for-granted women's division wrestler, a head booker with no authority, and an internet fanboy, all trying to navigate the line between fiction and nonfiction. Baum is now releasing the novel
one chapter at a time as a Creative Commons audiobook. The book closely parallels the Monday Night Wars
, with sly references to infamous reality-blurring events like the Montreal Screwjob
(the subject of an excellent National Film Board documentary
you can now watch online
) and Bash
at the Beach
2000. (mild spoiler inside) [more inside]
A lecture from Professor Amy Hungerford on Cormac Mccarthy's Blood Meridian.
. [more inside]
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]
Matt Helm is a fictional character created by author Donald Hamilton. He is a U.S. government counter-agent—a man whose primary job is to kill or nullify enemy agents—not a spy or secret agent in the ordinary sense of the term as used in spy thrillers. ... The character appeared in 27 books over a 33-year period beginning in 1960... A movie series was made in the mid-to-late 1960s starring Dean Martin... the series bore no resemblance at all to the character, atmosphere, or themes of Hamilton's original books, nor to the hard-edged action of Bond. One reason was the attitude of the filmmakers that the only way to compete with the Bond films was to parody them.
- Wikipedia (links may be mildly NSFW) [more inside]
: “I wanted to call my father and tell him that a white man thought my brain was beautiful”.
Sherman Alexie doing his thing in The New Yorker, excerpted from his upcoming book (early review
; interview 1
Caveman Science Fiction
. Me Go Too Far! Me Am Play Gods! [more inside]
Dahlia Lithwick (previously
) is trying to write a chick-lit novel
in nineteen days