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

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Cooked in the truck as it's delivered, with a GPS-enabled oven.

What a time to be alive. 
These Pizza Robots Assemble Perfect Pies in Minutes

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This stuff may seem basic, but it amazes me how often authors are narrating in simple past tense and refer to earlier events without shifting to past perfect.

It amazes me, and it also disorients me and throws me out of the story. 
Usually I share these Cambridge blog posts to the ESL collection, but this time I'm making an exception. Writers of all levels, from those just now starting out to those who've been writing for years, can use this basic information. (Refresher courses never hurt, y'know.)

I'm just short of 80k on Illustrated Gnome News, with the rest of what I have to write mostly pretty clearly outlined. There are a lot of different threads, but I think I can tie them together thematically; it mainly seems to be about being true to yourself in spite of pressure to do the expected.

That's sort of what all the Gryphon Clerks books are about, but this one especially. 

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Via +Singularity Hub, a more-nuanced-than-usual examination of basic income, its diverse supporters, and its possible purposes. 

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So many ordinary people became heroes in the dark days before and during WW II. 
"They did it because it was the right thing to do, nothing more, nothing less."

Even so, it was incredible brave. While they weren't smuggling people out of the Germany, they were helping folks escape by smuggling their material wealth, against Nazi law. And doing it completely under the noses of the Nazi boarder guards.

Jews leaving Germany in the 1930s weren't allowed to take their possessions, and would have had to surrender them at the boarder. But, many countries accepting refugees, like the UK, required each person to have a means of supporting themselves -- money and a job. It was a terrible catch-22 for many.

By helping to smuggle their money and furs and jewels, they helped the escapees meet both of those requirements.

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From where I sit - in a country that provides medical care for everyone, because that's how you run a decent society, what is wrong with you? - this all seems pretty obvious. But I know that it's a daily struggle for a great many people in the US, and that's in large part down to narratives about earning and deserving, and how something run as a business will naturally and inevitably and magically work better than something run by the government.
If you don't know Kameron Hurley, you probably should. She writes some massively complex science fiction and fantasy so she's often thinking about the future and what society would look like. She also has a chronic condition that almost killed her so she has some thoughts about medical care and the way it all works.

They are thoughtful thoughts and you should read them.

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SF as futurism. 
Why XPRIZE Is Asking Writers to Take Us Through a Wormhole to 2037

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I have a story idea with a shared lucid dreaming environment (Amazon Deep). 
Four Lucid Dreaming Wearables #wearablewednesday

Four head mounted wearables are about to arrive in the market place all of them with lucid dreaming options. They are monitoring brainwaves and using companion apps for sleep data collection as well as lucid dream manipulation.

The devices are:

Neuroon Open – $99 – EEG/Light/Sound/BLE – December 2017
iBand+ – $160 – EEG/Light/Sound/BLE – December 2017
LucidCatcher – $350 – EEG/200uA brain stimulation/WiFi – January 2018
Aurora Dreamband – $299 – EEG/Light/Sound/BLE d- Now Shipping!

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This makes sense to me. People are complete people; they're the same all the way through. If they're unethical in one area, they'll typically be unethical in another. 
This is an extremely interesting article (via @avflox) about how harassment is often part of a pattern of "versatile criminality" - that is, harassment which isn't a mistake or misunderstanding is generally not an isolated behavior, but correlated to other kinds of unethical and/or illegal activity as well. If true, this suggests better ways of investigating and dealing with harassment complaints, and ones which specifically identify and target bad actors.

I don't have time to write more about this now, but it's a pattern which seems familiar to me from other contexts as well, including fraud, online abuse, and sexual assault: a disproportionate fraction of this is done by a small number of people who do a lot of bad things, most of which go individually under the radar but which form a clear pattern when you see them all. 

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Good news, everybody!

(Well, not everybody. Mainly tardigrades, actually.)
We Worked Out What It Would Take to Wipe Out All Life on a Planet—and It's Good News for Alien Hunters
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