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S2.11 Berserk

Berserk by Kate Rauner Berserk was published in Jupiter Diving and Other Short Reads in Science Fiction and Fantasy by Kate Rauner Kate writes science fiction novels and science-inspired poetry. She’s also a retired engineer and Cold War Warrior (honestly, that’s what Congress called them) because she worked in America’s nuclear weapons complex. Much to her surprise, she has a second, unpaid career as a volunteer firefighter. She left the beautiful but crowded Front Range of Colorado to live on…
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Writing Prompt: Put it in your brain!

Brain implants are coming, and I for one welcome that day. I am very intersted in the applications that we might see in the future. There are endless possibilities. Some that would relieve problems (chronic pain), some that would enhance (memory/recording), some that we can’t even guess at. Well…hopefully we can because we are sci-fi writers. I recently got to hear LeVar Burton speak which was amazing, and he said that sci-fi askes one of the most powerful questions. “What…
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S2.10 Space Opera

Space Opera by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt First appeared in Splickety. Donald Jacob Uitvlugt lives on neither coast of the United States, but mostly in a haunted memory palace of his own design. His short fiction has appeared in numerous print and online venues, including Cirsova magazine and the Flametree Publishing anthology Science Fiction Stories. He is also releasing a series of self-published stories for Kindle. Donald strives to write what he calls “haiku fiction,” stories that are small in scope but…
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IWSG: Quitting

The Question Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing? Quitting Yes. Very yes. Absolutely I quit. I didn’t think it was something I could do. I thought it was something that was in my past. There was a tale that I wasn’t creative and I believed it. I completely bought it. I thought that writing was something I wouldn’t be able to do anymore. That part of my life was…
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Writing Prompt: Robot Friends

The robot uprising terrifies us. I’ve never really gotten it. Well I get it, we are afraid of ourselves and in some weird weird ways of what comes after us. I personally very much hope that the children of today are better than me, and their children are better. I want the world to get easier, and then for those kids to be able to do more. If children don’t have to fight to be fed they’ll have all that…
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S2.9 Traveling Man

Traveling Man by Eddie D Moore Eddie D. Moore travels extensively for work, and he spends much of that time listening to audio books. The rest of the time is spent dreaming of stories to write and he spends the weekends writing them. His stories have been published by Jouth Webzine, The Flash Fiction Press, Every Day Fiction, Theme of Absence, Devolution Z, and Fantasia Divinity Magazine. Find more on his blog. Music is provided by MADS. You can support…
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Writing Prompt: Social Greeting Rituals

One of my favorite non-writing blogs is Ask A Manager (if you have a day job and need advice it is the #1 through #10 spot to go, it is amazing). There was a post earlier this week about social signaling at work and the difference between “Hi, how are you?” “Fine, you?” “Fine.” in the hall while passing at work and someone seriously asking “How are you?” Alison (the eponymous manager) said: When the interaction is a quick one…
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S2.8 To the Moon and Beyond

  To the Moon and Beyond by Fanni Sütő Fanni Sütő is a writer in her mid-twenties. She writes in Hungarian and English; poems, flash fiction and countless unfinished novels. She tries to find the magical in the everyday and likes to spy on the secret life of cities and their inhabitants. Read more from Fanni on her blog Ink Maps and Macarons or follow her on Instagram and Twitter @Fanni_Pumpkin. Music is provided by MADS. You can support 600 Second…
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Switching Costs

I use mostly Apple products at home. I’ve had a few issues and questions and some people have asked me why lately. I also listened to an episode of Cortex (that I can’t seem to find anymore) that talked about switching costs. So why do I use Apple products? (I don’t exclusively, but enough that it is my prominent computing tool at home.) NOT Microsoft! Because I use MS tools at work and when I get home I want to…
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Writing Prompt: Haptics

I have been talking about and thinking about haptics a lot lately. The whole ..way we feel and touch things and how computers and connected devices can make us feel things. My favorite example that I make everyone try is the iPhone 7’s home “button” it doesn’t move. But it 100% feels like it moves. (And maybe you’re a fancy person who doesn’t have this experience but I totally do.) It seems exactly like I’ve depressed it when I push…
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