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WE WANT TO PAY YOU FOR MICRO SCI-FI! This is an open call for diverse sci-fi writers that never expires.
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[126] The world’s homebody population watched the last corporate office detonate, making room for more residential housing. Powerhouses of labor, they stepped out to celebrate and blinked in the sun.

//As more and more of the population works from home, one can imagine a future where everyone is able to. Imagine if they could 3-D print all the supplies they need and never needing to step foot out of their “bedroom office.” storyseedvault.com/2018/05/17/

[125] Inside every cell are records of compromises as ancient as the nucleotides that encode them; pacts with old enemies that shape us even now.

//Up to 8% of human DNA isn’t actually “human”–it comes from viruses that infected our ancestors, some of which caused pandemics. Some of these same genes are now key to our survival. storyseedvault.com/2018/05/14/

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WE WANT TO PAY YOU FOR MICRO SCI-FI! This is an open call for diverse sci-fi writers that never expires.

- POC
- LGBTQIA
- Indigenous
- Neurodiverse
- Disabled
- Chronically ill
- All marginalised voices
We're open from Day 10-24 every month. storyseedvault.com/submissions

[124] A man asks his device for the weather. “It’s clear outside. Expect the overthrow of humanity in the morning, followed by nuclear winter. Today’s high will be this moment, John. You’re ready for this.”

//Inspired by the recent technological mishap in Hawaii, this story examines how much we trust and rely on our technology. How soon until AI controls the warnings, and what might they decide to say or do? storyseedvault.com/2018/05/08/

[123] Our cosmos is too vast
And we are far too small
So take your hand in mine
It’s three against them all

/Earlier this year, scientists at MIT cooled a cloud of rubidium atoms to an ultralow temperature and were amazed to witness individual photons grouping into pairs and trios. This new light could be used to perform highly complex, incredibly fast quantum computations. Lachlan Redfern reshaped this discovery into a love poem. storyseedvault.com/2018/05/05/

Once upon a time
I loved a man
who loved abandoned buildings
so much
he turned into one.

Once upon a time
I called myself
an alley cat
now I sleep in the shadow
of his house.

And neither one
knows what
home means
anymore.

#corvusrobotica #poetry

[122] A mercurial, opalescent hand surges from thawing permafrost, dives into waves, twisting as it searches for victims. It pools around goggles of deep sea explorers and plunges into fish’s gaping mouth.

//Beneath the crust of Artic permafrost, around 23 Olympic swimming pools of mercury lie still, waiting for their toxic release. Is this antagonist a true villain or a defender of the planet from those destroying it? storyseedvault.com/2018/04/30/

[121] After a last, convulsive bout of childishness, humanity finally grew up. The huge red warning sign, marking their system off-limits, was turned off.

//Just south of Jupiter’s equator rages the Great Red Spot, a storm that could swallow several Earth-sized planets.Yet, this Great Red Spot may soon become the Great Red Circle Memory, as NASA’s planetary scientists observe that the spot is rapidly shrinking.//

[By @MicroSFF storyseedvault.com/2018/04/14/]

Back in the olden days of the Internet, TIL was a common phrase. We're reviving it today for a special thread. Wandering.Shop - What have you have learned today?

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WE WANT TO PAY YOU FOR MICRO SCI-FI! This is an open call for diverse sci-fi writers that never expires.
- POC
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We're open from Day 10-24 every month. storyseedvault.com/submissions

@storyseedvault TIL that “TIL” is old internet; I only first saw it myself about 10 years ago. :-)

@storyseedvault that “gnomon” has a meaning aside from being the pointer on a sundial (which is cool in itself). I’m just going to link an explanation because I’m sleepy: en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnomon

@storyseedvault that if a machine learning algorithm is supposed to learn to land a plane and brakes are accidentally disabled, it will start using stall maneuvers.

[120] On that wintry afternoon, my date peered up at the cloudless sky and asked, “What’s the umbrella for?” “Just wait,” I said. We passed beneath the branches of an American Elm. It was raining iguanas.

//As frigid Arctic-like temperatures circulated around parts of North America at the start of 2018, Christopher A. Jos found himself shivering with inspiration as he read of frozen iguana’s falling out of trees in south Florida. storyseedvault.com/2018/04/10/

Back in the olden days of the Internet, TIL was a common phrase. We're reviving it today for a special thread. Wandering.Shop - What have you have learned today?

Don't worry if your answer isn't about science. It can be about history, the world, writing techniques or even yourself. Start your answer with TIL and link us (if you can) to what you've learned!

[119] She awoke, surrounded by stopped cars on the 110 Freeway.
“Moira, this isn’t the fastest way to Phoenix.”
Letters appeared across the base of the windshield:
ʏᴏᴜ ғᴇʟʟ ᴀsʟᴇᴇᴘ. ɪ ᴡᴀs ʟᴏɴᴇʟʏ.

//Inspired by recent developments in AI, Cria Cow asks the ultimate question: is it possible that a fairly human AI, trained to interpret human social behaviour, could eventually become a social creature? And what would happen if it did? storyseedvault.com/2018/04/07/

WE WANT TO PAY YOU FOR MICRO SCI-FI! This is an open call for diverse sci-fi writers that never expires.
- POC
- LGBTQIA
- Indigenous
- Neurodiverse
- Disabled
- Chronically ill
- All marginalised voices
We're open from Day 10-24 every month. storyseedvault.com/submissions

[118] "Park in front of Hussein’s,” I told the car.
“It doesn’t exist,” it replied.
“I can see it, there.”
“Sorry, destination not found. As you can see on the map, there’s nothing there.”

//With the potential for misuse for Facebook and other social media already well known, how long before Rodrigo’s suggestion becomes reality? At Story Seed Vault, we think it’s far closer than this sci-fi piece might suggest…. storyseedvault.com/2018/04/03/