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June 1, 2013

Anaea Lay: Hiding on the Red Sands of Mars

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When I was five, I woke screaming from a nightmare. I'd been working with the revolutionaries, and we were being chased by splat-drones. Each of my companions, who looked an awful lot like the corn husk dolls I'd played with that afternoon, were blown to bits around me as I watched. Then, with a grinding rumble that I could still feel in my chest even after I woke up, it zoomed at me.

"They don't rumble," Mom said as she stroked my hair.

"What do they sound like?"

She ignored my question. --- Snip ---


The child of a revolution(ary) learning about the past, and growing up into the future. And the shape of the 'revolution' is frighteningly ambiguously believably familiar...
May 31, 2013

Ken Liu: The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species

There is no definitive census of all the intelligent species in the universe. Not only are there perennial arguments about what qualifies as intelligence, but each moment and everywhere, civilizations rise and fall, much as the stars are born and die.

Time devours all.

Yet every species has its unique way of passing on its wisdom through the ages, its way of making thoughts visible, tangible, frozen for a moment like a bulwark against the irresistible tide of time.

Everyone makes books.

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No action, really, but a very evocative portrait of a universe, and how species (we) engage with recorded information. What is a book?

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