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Mike Reeves-McMillan
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Novelist, short story writer, copy editor, book reviewer, nonfiction author
Novelist, short story writer, copy editor, book reviewer, nonfiction author

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Via a private share. Trade networks in the early Middle Ages were a lot more extensive than we often realise. Lapis lazuli from Afghanistan made its way to Ireland, for example, where it was used in some of the pages of the Book of Kells. 

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VR, like all new media, changes the kind of stories that are possible. And it appears to create a high degree of empathy, which is promising. 
The Power of VR as an 'Empathy Machine' and Office Holodeck http://bit.ly/2mpKXnx
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I'm mulling over a setting in which AI is linked to humans, animals, plants, and the nonliving environment - a kind of animist AI. It would be very different from the cool machine intelligences we've been imagining for so long. 
The Body Is the Missing Link for Truly Intelligent Machines http://bit.ly/2n9PTLW
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Goodreads' author newsletter just alerted me to this new resource from Amazon. Sharing in part to bookmark it, since I don't have time to check it out just now. 

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Nominations for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards, New Zealand's awards for speculative fiction, close in 10 days. I have some things that are eligible. 

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Just hit 30k on Illustrated Gnome News.

I don't know what it is about 30,000 words that makes it feel like a milestone on any project, but it does. I think by that point I've built up momentum. 

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The idea of a working computer model of the economy is at the heart of a story idea I'm incubating. (It also features in Terry Pratchett's Making Money).

This is a good article in general, and I could equally well have posted it in my Collective Endeavour collection. 

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Via +Winchell Chung, a letter from Robert Heinlein to Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle about the book that became The Mote in God's Eye. He takes them to task pretty thoroughly for not starting the story until page 100, for numerous errors of naval protocol, and for even more numerous copy editing errors.

This is what a friend and colleague does. 
The Mote in God's Eye is usually within my top five, and always within my top ten, science fiction novels*. In my youth, even as a poor college student, I would often almost resent it** when Heinlein came out with a new novel, because I would enter an algorithm by which as soon as I saw it on the stack at the U bookstore I would walk half a block to the ATM and then half a block back to buy the book, no matter the status of my checking account. Hardback. Sometimes cursing in sort of a reflexive Shadenfreude.

Anyway, suffice it to say I today have a much more nuanced view of Heinlein and others, and have read Patterson's biography.

All that said, if you have any interest in the above, and haven't read it yet, you will surely be delighted to follow the supplied link, a letter from Robert to Larry and Jerry after reading a draft of their epic novel.

*I don't really keep a list, but if one were to ask me off hand, this is probably how it would break down.

**Right, not really.
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