#TheMartian

This is not censoring. “The Martian” by Andy Weir is an outstanding novel made into an outstanding movie. It brings back the scientist-as-hero and raises science in the public consciousness. Also, it is about as scientifically accurate is a sci fi novel can be. So if teachers ask the author for a clean version to use as a teaching aid in classrooms, go for it. It doesn’t alter the story or the characters or the science, and it helps our teachers raise interest in classrooms.  

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@ClarkesWorld #Podcast

Sometimes the collision of worlds brings about positive change. Such is the case with podcasts in general, and the Clarkesworld podcast in particular, and the coolest little bluetooth earpiece that also happens to cost only $19 on Amazon. Kate Baker’s voice and cadence as she reads the stories is nothing short of transcendent, and the quality of chosen stories is always top-shelf. These factors, combined with the intimacy of her voice being delivered ever so clearly and unobtrusively right into my ear, makes for a wonderful listening experience. I’ve been an on-again off-again podcast listener for years, but the little GoNovate 10 is so small […]

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#ArtificialIntelligenceSongs

..created by an AI, assumes a level of creativity, or at least the ability to string together subjects into an improvised mad-lib kind of sentence and apply it to an existing beat, regardless of how much sense it makes. So, pop music, basically.

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Story Rec: Water Finds Its Level

Finding time to read is sometimes a challenge, but podcasts help. Lightspeed is outstanding, but recently came across Escape Pod and listened to Water Finds Its Level by Matthew Bernardo and read by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali. Wow. Great writing, but what I loved most is how cerebral the whole story was. In an age where so much is written to be filmed, this story is (nearly) impossible to film. You can also read it over at Lightspeed Magazine.

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