Magical Words Link Roundup 8-10-2017


Matt Goldman says, “My slow-learning writer’s guide to writing applies to all mediums and genres. The ideas are simple and have nothing to do with structure. Maybe one day I’ll flesh these out into a book or class or overpriced two-day seminar. In the meantime, I’ll dip a toe in 3 of the at least 4 things I know.”

Le Guin’s story “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” asks as much about ethics as it does about how we — and even the author herself — may instinctually define certain works.

Facebook was forced to shut down a pair of chatbots in the social network’s artificial intelligence division after discovering that they had created a secret language all on their own.

When will the powers that be finally rip the Bandaid off? When will humanity finally die out?

Francesca Barbini says, “Conventions are a big part of an author’s life. I cannot imagine being where I am today without my con experience.”

John Scalzi and Allison Littlewood have withdrawn their books from the Dragon Award ballot.

The recent announcement for a position that NASA has had since the 1960s – Planetary Protection Officer caught the attention of one self-proclaimed “Guardian of the Galaxy” — an inspired fourth grader from New Jersey who reached out to NASA in a letter to express his interest in the job.


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