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In Defense of Hoaxes - Justin Erik Halldór Smith
Whatever. Everyone's playing their assigned roles. But what I wanted to speak to here is the question of hoaxes in general. Quite apart from whether I think “Sokal Squared” has accomplished what its authors claim, I confess I am astounded, though I really should not be by now, by the moralism and the piety about rules and procedures that so many academics are expressing, as if hoaxing were always unethical and lacking in any potential salutary effects. These academics seem entirely unaware of the distinguished history of hoaxing, and to assume that it dates back no earlier than Sokal. They seem never to have read, e.g., Anthony Grafton on the importance of playful deception in the learned culture of Italian humanism. They seem unaware of the rich and fascinating 19th-century genre of the “mystification.” They seem unaware of the often high-minded theoretical ambitions of documentary metafiction and of the vague gradations between this broad genre of writing and outright fraud. They do not know about the French fraudster Denis Vrain-Lucas, who was eventually arrested, in 1869, for having passed off numerous falsified letters as authentic documents. Vrain-Lucas continued to defend himself, from prison, on the grounds that he had breathed new life into the carcass of history by making past characters, including Newton, Galileo, Vercingétorix, and Jesus Christ, more interesting than they actually were. They do not know about Ken Alder's ingenious piece in Critical Inquiry in 2004, which was a purported translation from the French of a prison letter by Vrain-Lucas. I learned more about the history and historiography of science from Alder's piece than from any other single text I could cite. 
hoaxes  academic-culture  politics  history-is-a-feature-not-a-bug  to-write-about  metafiction  paratexts 
5 weeks ago by Vaguery
The Things by Peter Watts
I am being Blair. I escape out the back as the world comes in through the front.

I am being Copper. I am rising from the dead.

I am being Childs. I am guarding the main entrance.

The names don't matter. They are placeholders, nothing more; all biomass is interchangeable. What matters is that these are all that is left of me. The world has burned everything else.

I see myself through the window, loping through the storm, wearing Blair. MacReady has told me to burn Blair if he comes back alone, but MacReady still thinks I am one of him. I am not: I am being Blair, and I am at the door. I am being Childs, and I let myself in. I take brief communion, tendrils writhing forth from my faces, intertwining: I am BlairChilds, exchanging news of the world.

The world has found me out. It has discovered my burrow beneath the tool shed, the half-finished lifeboat cannibalized from the viscera of dead helicopters. The world is busy destroying my means of escape. Then it will come back for me.

There is only one option left. I disintegrate. Being Blair, I go to share the plan with Copper and to feed on the rotting biomass once called Clarke; so many changes in so short a time have dangerously depleted my reserves. Being Childs, I have already consumed what was left of Fuchs and am replenished for the next phase. I sling the flamethrower onto my back and head outside, into the long Antarctic night.

I will go into the storm, and never come back.
by:PeterWatts  from:Clarkesworld  fiction  SpeculativeFiction  metafiction 
10 weeks ago by owenblacker
irisbleufic - A Mistake
Make me, and your mind may prove unmade.

[Post-3x14 micrrofic. Writing a riddle felt more productive than screaming.]
fandom:Batman  year:2018  Rating:Not-Rated  pairing:Oswald_Cobblepot/Edward_Nygma  metafiction  mircofic  canon-compliant  words:0-500 
february 2018 by hear-the-rain
Game of Thrones season 7: each character's strategy, ranked by political science
Game of Thrones’ seventh season, one defined by the show’s most central characters all coming into conflict for the first time, is over. Daenerys, Jon, Cersei, Tyrion, Sansa, and all the rest spent the entire season struggling with one another for power and control over Westeros, each employing different strategies to strengthen their faction and accomplish their objectives.

Which makes the season’s end a perfect time to take stock: to assess each player’s strategy, and judge which character did the best with the tools they had available. Who played the Game of Thrones best?

To make this judgment, I looked to science — political science, specifically. The subfield of international relations has spent decades accumulating knowledge on what causes different countries to rise and fall, to succeed at getting what they want or to fail miserably. A lot of this work applies just as well to Westeros, with a little bit of tweaking, as it does to Earth.
by:ZackBeauchamp  from:Vox  GameOfThrones  PoliticalScience  strategy  metafiction 
august 2017 by owenblacker
mugen - Oh no they didn't!
Moderator stungun posted: FROSTFIRE AND GROUND ZERO: DATING?!

As reported by Heroes daily at 09:12 pm tonight Heroes Frostfire and Ground Zero were found standing outside the apartment building rumored to be Ground Zero's in their boxers, heavily soaked due to the thunderstorm raging through half of Tokyo. The building's fire alarm had been triggered, but there weren't any reports of fire.

caffine4life: "firely lovers" heroes daily is not even trying 0/10 try again

hard4redriot: I'd totally lick gz's muscles

GZprotectionsquad: look agh those boxers tho totally All Might's colors

Hot-n-Cold: I'M SO HAPPY FOR THEM THIS IS A DREAM COME TRUE I LOVE THEM SO MUCH I HOPE THEY STAY TOGETHER FOREVER (*≧∀≦*)

littleredriot: even if they're actually dating (which I HIGHLY doubt) they're never gonna last ∩(︶▽︶)∩
fandom:My_Hero_Academia  year:2017  Rating:Not-Rated  pairing:Katsuki/Todoroki  pairing:Multiple  Humor  crack!fic  heartwarming  metafiction  fav-fics  words:1.000-1.500 
august 2017 by hear-the-rain
Who I Want To Be - hubblegleeflower - 3k
"What happens when your author writes you wrong? When someone else has the power to decide who you really are? Does it matter?"
Fandom:Sherlock_BBC  Pairing:Sherlock/John  Character:John_Watson  Character:Sherlock_Holmes  post_season_4  Rating:General  metafiction 
february 2017 by juniper-and-lamplight

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