For this article, I'd like to talk to you about what investors can learn from reading the work of one of the most important modern science fiction writers: William Gibson.
I can already see your incredulous looks. Can we actually invest based on science fiction? Well, before we get to that, let's start by looking at how science fiction is already influencing some prominent technology companies.
Introducing My Very Favorite Creative Writing Tool Whether you’re a plotter or a plodder, a planner or a pantser, organized or organic … at the end of the writing day we are all faced with the very same daunting question:...
"The classic mystery is popular fiction which follows a specific formula. Clever writers may try to change the formula, but the most clever will cling to it for a very good reason. They work within the bounds of the formula because it works!
The following outline serves the modern mystery novel, as defined by editors and publishers. A typical story will contain 60,000 to 65,000 words (205 manuscript pages) and will be divided into 12 chapters, each approximately 17 pages in length."
"In the winter of 2010, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing published in The New York Times nearly a decade earlier, The Guardian reached out to some of today’s most celebrated authors and asked them to each offer his or her commandments. After Zadie Smith’s 10 rules of writing, here come 8 from the one and only Neil Gaiman:"
Apropos to my recent post on Google Docs, novelist Silvia Hartmann is embarking on a brave new experiment using Google's office suite. She's letting anyone and everyone watch her write a new fantasy novel in a public Google document.
People often use science fiction to illustrate philosophy all the time. From ethical quandaries to the very nature of existence, science fiction's most famous texts are tailor-made for exploring philosophical ideas.
"If you tried to watch the livestream of the Hugo Awards event at Chicon 7 (Worldcon) last night, you were in for a rude surprise. The feed cut off, never to be restored, just as Neil Gaiman was giving his acceptance speech. Why? i09 has the scoop, but fingers the wrong culprit."
Throughout the course of this article, we will discuss how technology companies are creating products that were once thought of as science fiction and show that a familiarity with the work of Philip K Dick...
DRM systems in the digital media world are nothing new and are utilized extensively in the music, movie and video games industries. Now, after applying four years ago, a company has this week obtained a patent for a DRM system that aims to stop future owners of 3D printers from printing whatever they like. The dream of downloading a new pair of sneakers or even a car might already be in jeopardy, before it’s even begun.
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The setting could be next week. But this Prometheus Hall of Fame Award–winning novel was written over three decades ago. And now it is being adapted into a film starring Kevin Sorbo as Dr. Martin Vreeland.
On September 11th, the document editor in Google Docs (now part of Google Drive) finally became useful to me for use in writing groups. The web app has long had a feature that enables users to create, reply to, and resolve comments in a Google document, much like the commenting system in Microsoft Word. But the Android app lacked these features until now.
[...] Confession: I'm a huge fan of dystopian YA. But lately, some of the more popular emerging titles seem to be disrupting the basic pillars of dystopia and distracting from the main mission of any dystopian novel: to caution against current societal practices that could lead to such a society's existence. Consider this genre's purpose as innocently as you would the purpose of Smokey the Bear, only with a more complex directive: Only you can prevent the future. [...]
I’ve had a long-standing dissatisfaction with save the world narratives, which appear in many kinds of stories but particularly in SF and fantasy … superhero/chosen one stories.
I’ve talked about how the ‘chosen one’ narratives in science fiction and fantasy aren’t really sending the right message, or at least the message that “I can choose to do it too,’ which is required for activism and self-starting more generally…
Oops, he did it again. David Brin, whom some think of as a libertarian science fiction author, and who styles himself as such, but who really isn't even close to being libertarian, and who seems to spend an inordinate amount of time these days...