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Ficdown
Ficdown is a set of standards using the Markdown formatting syntax that can be used to create choice-based interactive fiction.
fiction  writing  markdown 
march 2016 by deusx
The Dark Wheel
The Dark Wheel is a 48 page short novel (novella) which was included with the original Elite versions.
elite  gaming  fiction 
june 2014 by deusx
SCP-524 - The SCP Foundation
SCP-524 is a common white rabbit, of the species Sylvilagus bachmani. It can be identified by its white fur with symmetrical black markings on its body.

SCP-524 has shown the ability to be able to consume any material, regardless of edibility.
scp  funny  bunnies  fiction 
december 2012 by deusx
Thalience — KarlSchroeder.com
Now maybe you can see how science could have a successor: thalience would use objective truth as an artistic medium and merge subjectivity and objectivity in a creative activity whose purpose is the re-sanctification of the natural world. To believe in an uplifting and satisfying vision of your place in the universe, and to know that this vision is true (or as true as anything can be) would be sublime. Thalience would be an activity worthy of post-scientific humanity, or our own biological or post-biological successors.
thalience  science  ai  cogsci  scifi  fiction 
may 2012 by deusx
PayPal Strong-Arms Indie Ebook Publishers Over Erotic Content | ZDNet
Under the new PayPal policy, Mark Corker of Smashwords told all the Smashwords authors they would also have to remove paranormal romance that included shape-shifters - if the shape-shifters were to have sex in their non-human forms.
weird  paypal  writing  fiction  twilight  erotica 
march 2012 by deusx
Kevin J. Anderson will novelize Rush's new album
Prolific novelist Kevin J. Anderson has made no secret of his love for prog rock — and now he's taking his prog-rock fixation to the next level. He announced on his Facebook page that he's writing the novel version of Rush's new album, Clockwork Angels.

Writes Anderson:

After dropping hints for a while, finally the big announcement, a new project unlike any other I've ever done...and something that I consider very cool.

Most of you are aware of my long-standing friendship with Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist from the legendary rock band Rush, as well as how much Rush has influenced my work. My first novel Resurrection, Inc. was closely inspired by the Rush album Grace Under Pressure, and I can point to dozens of other novels and stories that bear a clear Rush influence.

For more than twenty years, Neil and I have wanted to collaborate on something MAJOR, a way we could tie together our imaginations, and at last that's happening.

I'm writing the novelization of Rush's forthcoming album Clockwork Angels, their first new CD in five years. Imagine if someone had written the novel of The Wall, Tommy, or Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band when those classic albums were released. For Rush fans, CLOCKWORK ANGELS is that project.

I worked together with Neil to flesh out the epic story told over the course of the music, as well as the artist Hugh Syme whose paintings fill the CD booklet. In a young man's quest to follow his dreams, he is caught between the grandiose forces of order and chaos. He travels across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy, with lost cities, pirates, anarchists, exotic carnivals, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life. To whet your appetite, Rush released the first two tracks, Caravan and BU2B - listen to those songs to get an idea of the story's beginning.

I'm writing the chapters now, incorporating the lyrics into the narrative, and having a fantastic time. More details to come, but for now-to quote a line from Caravan: "I can't stop thinking big."

[via Vintage Vinyl News]
fiction  rush  music  scifi 
february 2012 by deusx
Kill Screen - My Purple-Haired Made-Up Best Friend, and Why She Had to Die
Before I tell you this story, I should introduce Rachael Webster. The trouble is, I’m not sure how to do that. Was she a friend of mine? Sure. A great friend. We spent nine months together as tight as Siamese twins. But she wasn’t family, and I never really met her in person. I could say she didn’t exist, but that’s a copout: she obviously existed, and had a life, and friends, and a career, at least until her budget ran out and I had to write her out of this world.
writing  fiction  gaming  alternate  reality  marketing 
november 2011 by deusx
In the Company of Grues » Blog Archive » Where I stand
"For me, if it even remotely looks like interactive fiction, then I see it as having value. I see inclusivity, I see intent, I see passion, I see unity, I see beauty, I see power, and I see love.<br />
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Deep inside, I hope that never changes."
ifiction  interactivefiction  fiction  gaming  narrative  from delicious
june 2010 by deusx
Home Page - Television Tropes & Idioms
"This wiki is a catalog of the tricks of the trade for writing fiction. We dip into the cauldron of story, whistle up a hearty spoonful and splosh it in front of you to devour to your heart's content. "
tv  entertainment  tropes  writing  culture  fiction  funny  cliches 
july 2009 by deusx
Personal Effects: Sword of Blood : J.C. Hutchins: New Fiction And Author Updates
"Personal Effects: Sword of Blood is a free podcast-exclusive novella written by J.C. Hutchins, author of the 7th Son trilogy. It is a prequel to Hutchins’ print novel debut, Personal Effects: Dark Art."
jchutchins  podcasts  personaleffects  darkart  fiction 
may 2009 by deusx
Ficly: Live After Ficlets :: UltraNormal
"Like a phoenix from the ashes, something new is in the process of being born. I give you ficly."
ficlets  fiction  writing  aol  ficly 
january 2009 by deusx
How Strange Is The Loop?
"Because of these two books I came up with my current working explanation of death: when you die, you become a fictional character."
strangeloops  fictionalcharacters  fiction  cogsci  philosophy  hofstadter 
december 2008 by deusx
Does Obama / McCain slash fiction exist? | Ask Metafilter
I really wish this question had not been asked. Mu, dear god, mu! "Does Obama / McCain slash fiction exist? If so, where can I find it and what are the major themes in the genre?"
slash  politics  deargodno  obama  mccain  fiction 
october 2008 by deusx
Dan Simmons - Author's Official Web Site
"Athens failed in Syracuse – and doomed their democracy – not because they fought in the wrong place and at the wrong time, but because they weren’t ruthless enough."
war  america  timetravel  scifi  islam  future  iraq  terrorism  fiction 
october 2008 by deusx
Shadow Unit
"The show I was imagining had never aired. But why couldn't I write episodes for it? Why couldn't I write fan fiction for a show that didn't exist?"
shadowunit  writing  tv  scifi  fiction 
june 2008 by deusx
Burst Fiction - Caution
"I fell for hours. This is not hyperbole. I was not in space. Not technically."
ideas  fiction  scifi  dysonspheres 
may 2008 by deusx
Bite-Sized Publishing from Burst Fiction
"At around 1000 characters, these one-shot stories are attracting a growing audience."
burstfiction  fiction  writing  scifi 
april 2008 by deusx
Burst Fiction - Shiny Mudballs
"Damn, but these creepy critters are picky."
scifi  writing  fiction  me 
april 2008 by deusx
Burst Fiction - Limits of Immortality
"Tell me, then: Why are we not drunk on a rooftop tonight?"
fiction  flashfiction  me 
april 2008 by deusx
Burst Fiction
"An active e-zine of one shot short stories, around 1000 characters in length, set in near contemporary times but with scifi tendencies. "
scifi  fiction  flashfiction 
april 2008 by deusx
Become a victim of the OBSIDIAN blackout — and make history | 7th Son: J.C. Hutchins' Podcast Novel Trilogy
"Now, you’re not an actor. You’re not a movie director. But you’re more than capable of creating creative, compelling, “authentic” content, because you are a creative, compelling, authentic individual. Be confident in your abilities. I have abso
creativity  writing  work  jchutchins  7thson  podcasting  fiction 
april 2008 by deusx
amplificathon
"the amplificathon is a points-based podfic-creating challenge. podfics, in case you haven't heard, are audio recordings of fanfic."
podcasts  podcasting  fanfic  fiction 
march 2008 by deusx
365 tomorrows » What Is Flash Fiction?
"Flash fiction is fiction with its teeth bared and its claws extended, lithe and muscular with no extra fat."
writing  fiction  flashfiction  scifi 
march 2008 by deusx
Escape Pod » EP144: Friction
"Gruen was on the sixty-first master, and while his wisdom had grown steadily, he had worn very little. He was incredibly well-preserved–the palms of his three-fingered hands still sported the deep, swirling ridges that had worn to nothing in most peopl
fiction  scifi  podcasts 
february 2008 by deusx
Having Fun - Twitfic! Part 4
"Twitfics are extremely short stories that I've been writing on Twitter. The maximum length of a Twitter message is 140 characters; however, the maximum length of a twitfic is 131 characters, because each one begins with the word TWITFIC! and a space."
twitfic  fiction  writing  stories 
september 2007 by deusx
Fiction Writing 2.0: Six New Ways To Write The Next Great Novel
"Below we'll explore some start ups that take creative writing into the Web 2.0 era."
writing  fiction  ficlets 
june 2007 by deusx
365 tomorrows » Unexpected Consequences
"He should not have called me a piece of crap."
scifi  fiction  azimov  robots 
june 2007 by deusx
365 tomorrows » Failsafe
"Do: Leave at least one hatch interlock open while on EVA."
scifi  fiction  stories  wormholes 
april 2007 by deusx
Ficlets | Welcome to Ficlets!
"A ficlet is a short story that enables you to collaborate with the world. Once you’ve written and shared your ficlet, any other user can pick up the narrative thread by adding a prequel or sequel."
ficlets  writing  fiction  nifty  web20 
march 2007 by deusx
Authors Find Their Voice, and Audience, in Podcasts - Publishing - Podcasts - New York Times
"Several times a week Mr. Sigler, 37, steps into a walk-in closet in his San Francisco home. He reads into a microphone that connects to his computer via a sound mixer. Hanging shirts envelop him, masking ambient sound."
podcasting  fiction  sigler  jchutchins 
march 2007 by deusx
365 tomorrows - Frame of Reference
"Therefore, I must be the center of the universe. Everything does revolve around me."
funny  scifi  fiction  stories 
february 2007 by deusx
365 tomorrows - Babel
"We are going to build the tower again, but this time things will be different."
scifi  fiction  babel 
february 2007 by deusx
365 tomorrows - Something In My Eye
"The spore had crash landed in his eye, and people were emerging."
scifi  fiction  yuck 
february 2007 by deusx
365 tomorrows » Red String
"The same tricks I used to make mice more readily eaten by cats make you reach out and explore, try new things."
scifi  fiction  disease 
february 2007 by deusx
The Last Question by Issac Asimov
"THERE IS AS YET INSUFFICIENT DATA FOR A MEANINGFUL ANSWER."
fiction  sciencefiction  scifi  issac  asimov 
january 2007 by deusx
365 tomorrows » One in a Trillion
"Did it ever occur to you that simply no one’s interested in what you have to say?"
scifi  stories  fiction  telepathy 
january 2007 by deusx
Rick Dakan - GEEK MAFIA -A novel of comics, games, and crime
"Fired from a job he hated at a company he loved, videogame designer Paul Reynolds is drowning his sorrows in late-morning margaritas when he meets an alluring, pink-haired conwoman named Chloe..."
books  geek  novels  fiction 
december 2006 by deusx
365 tomorrows - Alive
"We become I and I decide we should do something about the battle."
ai  scifi  fiction  flashfiction 
october 2006 by deusx
Resources for Creative Writers - Writing Prompts
"The purpose of writing prompts is to give yourself ideas to write when you don't have any - either to start off a short story or to get yourself unstuck in the middle of a story when you don't know where to go."
creativewriting  writing  fiction 
august 2006 by deusx
creative writing prompts . com ideas for writers
"The writing prompts can even help you come up with creative content for blogs and blog stories."
creativewriting  writing  fiction 
august 2006 by deusx
5 excellent places to find DRM-free science fiction - cebidae: the blog of david dean
"Whatever you do, don’t buy DRM’d ebooks. You are just ripping yourself off in the long run." Amen to that. I've bought a few ebooks with DRM, and it was all a waste.
drm  books  ebooks  scifi  fiction 
august 2006 by deusx
365 tomorrows - Endings and Beginnings
"It seems like it’s been forever since I stopped at an abnormally long traffic light in my hometown and wondered why the internet has daily blogs, daily webcomics, and no daily fiction."
writing  fiction  scifi  flashfiction 
july 2006 by deusx
365 tomorrows - Always Summer
"You can't buy weather like that. Somewhere, its always sunny and its always summer. The trick is to find that place and build a house."
scifi  future  stories  fiction 
may 2006 by deusx
Microfiction - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Microfiction is very short fiction, usually around 300 words long."
writing  fiction  stories 
may 2006 by deusx
365 tomorrows - Grand Theft Reality
"I have a saved game! I want to go back to the save point! Fuck! You can't stop me from resetting!"
gaming  scifi  gta  writing  fiction 
may 2006 by deusx
365 tomorrows - The Whole Night Sky
"Well, we may not have big stars anymore, but now we've got thousands of them, constellations. Now weve got the whole night sky."
scifi  fiction  music  copyfight  future  longtail 
may 2006 by deusx
365 tomorrows - Internal Clock.
"It took nearly a year to reach her house, by which point, Alba had aged almost twenty minutes."
scifi  fiction  writing  cogsci 
april 2006 by deusx
Charlie's Diary
"The second person's big strength is that it lets you show by doing, and it renders infodumps ... transparent."
writing  fiction  scifi 
april 2006 by deusx
Futurismic: Guidelines
"We're looking for innovative, exciting stories that use the tools of speculative fiction to examine contemporary issues and take a look at what's just around the corner."
writing  scifi  fiction 
april 2006 by deusx
Futurismic: New Fiction From Lisa Mantchev - The Jiminy Device
Imagine Paris Hilton with a brain implant conscience.
fiction  scifi  future 
march 2006 by deusx
Charlie's Diary
"Incidentally, the folk tale that if you put a frog in a cool kettle and apply the heat gently, it won't notice the water temperature rising is apparently untrue. But it's a neat metaphor for gradual intensification of stress, so I'm going to keep using
scifi  fiction  writing 
february 2006 by deusx
365 tomorrows - Burning Angels
"There was a guy at the bar who had purple leopard spots that cascaded down his back like rain. That's how I knew he wanted me."
scifi  fiction  writing 
february 2006 by deusx
365 tomorrows - Seeing is Believing
"He could barely hear them over the colors and shapes of the room. "...a new vision thanks to sight based on""
scifi  writing  fiction 
february 2006 by deusx
Escape Pod » EP038: L’Alchimista
"You are willing to follow a recipe? So many chefs of your caliber think themselves above the direction of others." Awesome story of cooking as alchemy.
podcasts  fiction  scifi 
january 2006 by deusx
365 tomorrows - Sol-5210
"...biological sub-life are using true-life as uncompensated slave labor..."
scifi  stories  fiction 
november 2005 by deusx
365 tomorrows - Savings
"Most women had their children early and put them in stasis until they had enough savings to provide for housing and education."
scifi  fiction  writing  stories 
november 2005 by deusx
365 tomorrows » Simpler Times
“I see you like the quality footwear. Well, our going price is five million credits.”
scifi  fiction  writing 
november 2005 by deusx
365 tomorrows - Seizure
"Like someone ripping through your brain, tossing shit around, tearing things up."
scifi  writing  stories  fiction 
november 2005 by deusx
Boing Boing: Short-story collection of the decade if not the century
"If I could write as well as Ted, I'd be (even more) insufferable."
books  scifi  fiction  wishlist 
october 2005 by deusx
The Gospel According to Anne - Newsweek Entertainment - MSNBC.com
Oh well, I liked her books while they lasted: "I promised," she says, "that from now on I would write only for the Lord."
religion  annerice  fiction 
october 2005 by deusx
365 tomorrows - Mercy Mission
This totally sounds like a side-story in the Firefly universe
scifi  writing  fiction  stories  firefly 
october 2005 by deusx
365 tomorrows - The Uncanny Valley
""No! It's not just the breathing! Its everything! I can feel her pulse. I can hear her stomach gurgling. She eats! Its disgusting!""
scifi  writing  stories  fiction 
october 2005 by deusx
:: SCIFIFANTASYNEWS.COM :: Short Fiction : Pentu
"It’s about a world that’s forced to destroy itself every 18 months to keep everyone employed through the rebuilding process. I wrote it to better nail down the themes of The Economic Opportunity of Destruction. If you like/hate it, send some feedback
fiction  scifi  nifty 
september 2005 by deusx
365tomorrows.com - Smooth and Steady
"All I had to do was stop taking the big one, the one with the odd lump in the middle and the diamond shape."
stories  fiction  writing  scifi 
august 2005 by deusx
Barnes&Noble.com - How The Universe Got Its Spots: Diary Of A Finite Time In A Finite Space
"In a series of unsent letters to her mother, a theoretical physicist meditates on her life, examining how her work and her personal life both mesh with and obstruct each other. Taking a highly original approach to science writing, Levin reveals herself a
writing  fiction  nonfiction  science  physics 
august 2005 by deusx
Edge 165: A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines
"Gödel didn't believe that truth would elude us. He proved it would."
fiction  cogsci  science  math  writing 
august 2005 by deusx
365tomorrows.com - What Mechanics Do
""Thank you," the subject said. Thank you for fixing me."
stories  fiction  writing  scifi 
august 2005 by deusx
365tomorrows.com - Feeling Blue
"Do... do you have blue?" "No." "Then I don't want to talk to you."
stories  scifi  fiction 
august 2005 by deusx
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