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The aliens watched the cleaning robot known as 'Stabby the Roomba' work its way past them.
"The Humans named it."
"Exemplifying the Human propensity for seeing Humanity in, well, anything."
"With one curious exception."
"Other Humans."
"Historically. They learned."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

Imagine #libraries don't exist, but there's this person who thought of them and is trying to convince everyone else about them.

-Borrow books for free? People are going to steal them!
-You can just come in to use a computer? Well that's just going to be abused by freeloaders.
-Staff? Who is going to pay them? Why should my taxes be wasted subsidising access to books for people who haven't saved and bought their own?

How many amazing things do we dismiss? What is our society missing out on?

i read a thing recently that blew my mind a little.
went something like:

people can imagine time travel to the past and one little act making massive differences in the timeline

but in their present they think even the greatest effort they can put in will not make any difference to the future

With epic fantasy, there is a tendency for it to be quintessentially conservative in that its job is to restore what is perceived to be out of whack. - N. K. Jemisin

Write a Star Trek: Discovery Eurovision AU in the form of a series of notes left by the characters.

What's the equivalent of the word 'unpatriotic' when talking about team spirit?

@balrogboogie Haha proof right there that not ALL unions are forces for good, some still uphold capitalism real bad :D

@iarna Absolutely. It's also basically the only framing that keeps "the system stays working" as a parameter, rather than "the system is not attacked"

I'm in ur internet developing parasocial relationships with ur authorz

You know why so many microfiction stories cut so sharp?

They change the relationship between things.

You don't have to fade to black at the edges. Twist the knife.

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You don't have to write a vignette. Write a scene. Write a denouement. Write a twist, a turn, write how that image started, how it ended, who it changed. Write why. Explain it. Write who it mattered to.

Writing Excuses is seriously some of the best writing advice I've ever been given.

The MICE Quotient episodes ( are super great right now.

I don't agree with literally everything, but it's such a useful framework.

Pretty striking the difference that a byline makes when asking CLIP+VQGAN to generate images.

"Internet infrastructure"
"Internet infrastructure by James Gurney"

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Hey fiction folks, does anyone know of a space-exploration story, with the treatment of alien-to-us 'natives' that treats them with care like they're people and not falling into xenophobic colonial tropes? (or who reckon with the fact that the explorers are doing a colonialism?)

I've somewhat on purpose coded one character in my novel as ADHD; another I entirely accidentally coded as autistic, in ways that are more familiar as autism in women. I worry, though, that since neither is a viewpoint character at any point in the story that that will serve to other them — though they have close friends and the whole book is built to give them intimate space as a group, with plenty of opportunity to not be a stereotype.

I'm curious to know: has anyone found any good essays or research on the effects of using a neurotypical character as the viewpoint character observing an autistic or ADHD character? What oppressions and distortions result? Benefits? For what audiences?

How does it feel as someone autistic to read those stories? (or ADHD, though I've a view there)

This has such a long history — Watson and Sherlock Holmes are an example.

(not interested in absolutive moral 'you should not' responses)

@iarna Whoa I had no idea. I figured it was some long-known thing that someone finally decided to "invent" in the anglosphere

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