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My understanding is that weddings "by declaration" - that is, couples exchanging vows in front of witnesses, without the need for a priest - were also legal in much of Europe in the Middle Ages.

Marriage customs are an interesting area to play with in your fiction. In my Gryphon Clerks novels, the requirements are two witnesses who have taken adulthood rites, a "person of standing" to conduct the ceremony, and filling in a simple form.
Runaway weddings had blacksmiths, cobblers and mole-catchers as priests.
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In one of the core novels of the evolution of Italian language, I Promessi Sposi ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Betrothed_%28Manzoni_novel ), the titular couple tries something like that, but in front of the priest.

The priest, under blackmail of the local rich & powerful guy, stalls the couple's wedding. The couple tries a wedding by declaration, trying to surprise the priest and having him listen to their declaration, believing that this will force him to acknowledge their marriage.
We don't know how this turns out legally because they fail.
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"The way we talk about disability, including disabled athletes, influences the way we think about it in a broader sense. Many people aren't well-versed in issues important to the disability community and the Paralympics provides an opportunity to talk about them."

#ableism #ability #disability
If you're still mourning the end of the Olympics in Rio, you should know that you have another set of games you could be watching: the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio are happening right now. Unfortunately, you're going to have trouble catching them on TV due to the paucity of coverage (though it's
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More on the question of writing people who are not, in some sense, "your" people. It's well thought through and well expressed, I think. 
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A post by +Jeff Ford reminded me that I'd been meaning to think through how science fiction genres could be converted into fantasy genres and vice versa.

Here's my list, with acknowledgements to Wikipedia's lists of subgenres (I added portal fantasy, which doesn't have its own Wikipedia article). Asterisks (*) indicate something I've either tried myself or plan to try.

Science fiction subgenres for conversion to fantasy:
- Alien invasion (Fae or demons as aliens; intrusive fantasy)
- Anthropological or social SF (no magic, only social differences)*
- Apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic (magical or mythic apocalypse: the Old Ones return, or the magic goes away, or the magic comes as in the Kate Daniels books, or magical creatures invade)
- Biopunk (magical manipulation of living things)
- Cyberpunk (descent into a mythic realm where the real and the symbolic meet; possibly with a grittyness to the “real-life” part of the setting)*
- Dying earth (magic wears out, etc.)
- Hard SF (hard fantasy: the magical rules are clear, specific, and well understood)
- Military SF (military fantasy)
- Solarpunk (positive, utopian fantasy in which magic is used to build a better world)*
- Space opera (elements of voyage, battle, trading - could even be interplanetary, but with magically powered ships)*

Fantasy subgenres for conversion to SF:
- Bangsian fantasy (interactions of historical figures in the afterlife; SF version would use computer simulations of them, or something like the Philip Jose Farmer Riverworld books, where everyone is technologically reincarnated)
- High fantasy (epic tone and cosmic stakes)
- Contemporary fantasy (Nowpunk or contemporary SF - the science-fictionality of today’s life and technology; technothriller)*
- Dark fantasy (aliens substituted for vampires, etc.?)
- Fairy tale (supernatural beings and talking animals become AIs and uplifts; magicians become engineers)*
- Fantasy of manners (SF of manners, like Vance’s Araminta Station or Bujold’s A Civil Campaign; the social maneuverings are the focus, rather than the technology, etc.)
- Grimdark (some forms of dystopia; some kinds of cyberpunk)
- Heroic fantasy (the struggles of a hero in a science-fictional setting)
- Historical fantasy (alternate history)
- Mythic fiction/mythpunk (cosmic or metaphysical SF)
- Portal fantasy (alien or dimensional abduction)
- Sword and sorcery (planetary romance like C.L. Moore’s Northwest Smith stories)

Already on the borderline
Decopunk, dieselpunk, steampunk, clockpunk, etc. often already have fantasy elements in a pseudoperiod setting*
Psychic powers*
Science fantasy (obvs.) like Star Wars
Urban fantasy if it uses technomagic (like the “Elfpunk” of the 90s)*

Any thoughts on other subgenres that could be flipped, or on different ways in which the ones above could be flipped, from SF to fantasy or vice versa - or into something that's both at the same time?
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Most do, in my opinion. I suppose it gets called SF because of the technology, and because often the feel is of Verne/Wells. But it's very common for there to be an explicitly magical, or might-as-well-be-magical, thing driving the technology or intersecting with it.

I put psychic powers on the borderline too, because although they're usually skinned as SF, they work like a form of magic (as does the Force in Star Wars). 
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Gold mine! An entire blog series devoted to science in SF and the kind of facts it's useful to know when you're writing fantasy. 
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Oooooooh!!!!
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More on wifi emotion reading.
 
Almost any ambient radio system – like WiFi – will be able to eavesdrop and track your movements and much more. “By measuring subtle changes in breathing and heart rhythms, EQ-Radio is 87 percent accurate at detecting if a person is excited, happy, angry or sad — and can do so without on-body sensors… Using wireless signals reflected off people’s bodies, the device measures heartbeats as accurately as an ECG monitor, with a margin of error of approximately 0.3 percent.”

This does not have to mean an end to privacy or freedom. It does mean that the earnest, well-meaning prescriptions offered by most civil liberties paladins – to yell “stop, looking at us, Big Brother!” – are pathetically futile. I have to wonder when they (any of them) will wake up to the fact that cowering and hiding simply will not and cannot work. It never ever has.

One thing has worked. It is responsible for what freedom we do have! And it is being played out, right now, on our streets. It is the one and only thing that can work tomorrow. And it is the one thing that all the privacy mavens, liberty activists and security “experts” absolutely refuse to allow into their minds.

It is happening despite them. The solution is unfolding, as it had to, and as I predicted, 20 years ago. The street is making use of technology to look back at power. Bravely, assertively insisting on transparency for those with power. Alas, the “leaders” among the anti-orwellians will – apparently – be the last to realize any of this -- that you do not fight Big Brother by hiding from him.

You stop him from oppressing you by getting in his face.
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Whoa. Super powers!
This clearly means we can consume tardigrade extract to gain their powers.
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It looks like a vacuum cleaner bag. 
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Before there were general-purpose computers, there were special-purpose computers that did one thing and did it, often, surprisingly well.

Attn: steampunk authors.
Called the Eureka, it may have influenced Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace.
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It's so tempting to headline this, "Generate Latin verse with this one weird old trick!"
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Via +Winchell Chung. Like the original poster, I've read 11 of these 17, and would definitely include Ancillary Justice in the list (it's not in there).
 
I'm 11 out of 17. The article resonates with me because I divide up my own history with SF along before/after lines of books I read that left with me with a overwhelming impression of having encountered something new. For me those books are...

Neuromancer
A Fire Upon the Deep
Snow Crash
Ancillary Justice
Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction for everybody. Certain great books inspire scores of authors to create something new. Here are 21 of the most influential science fiction and fantasy bo...
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I've read 10 and have 3 more in my library and "pending".
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There are particular reading techniques that are traditionally applied to sacred texts, the point of them being to reach an application in your own life or a deeper understanding of your relationship to reality. The question being asked here is: What if you broadened the range of texts to which you applied these?
 
Why I believe in #OptimisticSF. Feed the right wolf. Fly for your own reasons. Have hope. Be the change you want to see. And all that jazz.
The sacred texts — they're the guiding documents of the spiritual world. Casper ter Kuile's podcast, Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, treats J.K. Rowling's beloved books not just as novels, but as instructive and inspirational texts that will teach us about our own lives.
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Books should be read thoughtfully and the views of characters, cultures and the author themselves should be considered. And I think this also goes for TV、movies, even video games! I know there is a time for "turning off" and letting something wash over us for the purpose of entertainment or stress relief, but it should be occasional, not constant. 
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In my SF stories, I sometimes just assume that people have basically invisible tech that communicates between their senses and their devices without going into how that works.

Advances like this are part of the reason.
The technology could track blood sugar levels and send notifications to a person's phone when levels went down.
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If you ordered our boxed set and then were told that it had been pulled - it's back. You should have an email prompting you to re-order, but just in case...
 
Light in the Darkness: A Noblebright Fantasy Boxed Set is back online! Find it here: Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble Nook  |  Kobo  |  iBooks You know what would be super awesome? If you could help us spread the word! Tell your friends, tell your neighbors,…
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I write a steampunk-fantasy series about heroic civil servants called The Gryphon Clerks; an urban fantasy series, Auckland Allies; and a lot of short stories, plus the occasional nonfiction book. I do a lot of book reviewing, too. I'm harsh but (I hope) constructive. Currently not accepting review requests.
 
I'll probably only circle you back if you engage me in conversation, and if you either mostly write about writing or something else I find interesting, or you're an unusually interesting and insightful person. Exception: I don't circle erotica writers, just because of what might show up in my stream. Nothing personal.
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While working for a certain notorious NZ publisher in my freelance editing days, I got out with all the money owed to me (if you knew NZ publishing up to the late 90s you'd know who I mean, and be impressed).
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  • Massey University
    Health Science, 2008 - 2010
  • University of Auckland
    English, 1986 - 1989
  • Waitakere College
    1981 - 1985
  • Swanson Primary School
    1973 - 1980
  • Auckland University of Technology
    Celebrant Studies, 2005 - 2006
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