Haven't read the Strugatskys yet, but I was happy to discover that the great N. K. Jemisin published THE CITY WE BECAME earlier this year, which was fantastic! And now I'm reading Greg Egan's PERMUTATION CITY.
Early on in Charlie Jane Anders' The City in the Middle of the Night, the protagonist talks about "the alchemy of recognition" in telling her coming-of-age story.
Googling this beautiful phrase to find earlier uses assembles a collection of texts that are just sort of exquisite. #serendipity
I think the Strugatsky Brothers' DOOMED CITY might be next after that, but I'm open to suggestions, since most of the remaining ones on my list are by "golden age" dudes.
Last night I finished Pat Murphy's THE CITY, NOT LONG AFTER, which is a great post-apocalyptic magical realist story of urban guerilla warfare.
Next up, John Shirley's CITY COME A-WALKIN', a cyberpunk classic.
After that, I'll probably start THE CITY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT by Charlie Jane Anders.
My summer reading plan was to read sf books with "City" in the title. That's because I love China Mieville's THE CITY AND THE CITY and recently read Clifford Simak's great classic CITY.
So I pick up Jo Walton's JUST CITY, which incorporates Platonic cosmology, the Greek pantheon, maieutic dialogues, and time travel. Amazing stuff!
I had to break my rule and read the remaining books in the trilogy, which do not have city in the title.
There is now a Mastodon instance for publishing scientists: FediScience.
Everyone is welcome from PhD student to professor, as well as researchers from outside of academia. You are welcome to stay afterwards, but it is also easy to change to another server.
There will be a lot of science talk on this server, but there is no need to only talk science
Boosts are appreciated to let others know about this new instance.
We're hiring a #postdoc to work with @swheritage, @Inria and @MSFTResearch on large-scale #reproducibility in software engineering.
Full details and application instructions at: https://www.softwareheritage.org/2020/07/17/paris-based-postdoc-on-large-scale-reproducibility-in-software-engineering/
I have to admit that, to look them up, I typed fink.sf.net into my browser's address bar. That's some muscle memory.
Amazingly the redirect is still in place.
Randomly remembered the Fink Project this morning so I decided to look it up. They had a new release in 2020! Thought for sure they'd be dead by now. That's commitment! http://www.finkproject.org/news/index.php?phpLang=en
I'm probably late to the party, but lemme just say that the quarantine episode of #MythicQuest is really cute.
Quartz is recruiting a "future of capitalism" reporter: https://quartzmediainc.applytojob.com/apply/gB5a6LemuV/Future-Of-Capitalism-Reporter?referrer=202007031711551G3HYL35SLUAAXTU
Not sure whether to be impressed that the C word in back in the political lexicon or annoyed that the ad is written in a way that basically says "socialists need not apply"...
Since the @OpenAI API can imitate just about any kind of text it saw on the internet, the trick is to figure out the right prompt. I tried to get it to generate whale facts.
Generating facts is one thing. Generating TRUE facts is another.
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