I’ve been reading Robin Sloan’s video game development diary with much interest. Partly because his joy of creation that shines through – and the world desperately needs more of that in these COVID-19 times. But also partly because he’s using machine learning to generate descriptions of castles for his video game. A bit of background:… Read more Adventures in machine-generated text: short-burst creativity, and why classical CS has it wrong
In which a Twitter argument forced me to think about my evolving personal definitions of science fiction.
In which I read the Malazan Book of the Fallen as a writer and talk about the things I’ve learned, from handling themes to the tradeoffs of branching storylines to shaved knuckles in the hole.
As a writer, I am powerless. In the face of armies and governments and media corporations with overblown pundits, I am just one beige soul with a keyboard. But I have my words. And while I cannot dispatch these pocket tyrants, I can perhaps strike back in my own way: with stories. Adding, entertaining, exploring,… Read more The Ricepunk Manifesto
I’ve always admired the translations of Chinese poetry – I’m no expert on the field, but there are two poets named Du Fu and Li Bai that I really like. They were legendary masters from the Great Tang Dynasty, and (if the translations are accurate), they had a phenomenal talent for freezing a moment and… Read more The Poetry Machine