I came across writing prompts for computers in the Bronze Age, artificial wombs, volcanos as renewable energy, and population control.
Isaac sounds like he’s bragging but there’s no denying the fact he was a Master of Scifi and it’d be ridiculous to deny his success or his prolific output. It’s hard for a writer not to read this without feeling envious. Yet his life still had ups and downs and sometimes individual works would be more successful than he thought they merited so it gives the rest of us hope. A fan of Isaac Asimov who only reads scifi will find this an interesting insight into the mind of a genius and his working methods.
Today’s finds was inspired by “boring companies”, paranoia and the Amish.
This week’s prompts concern unintended consequences of civil rights for robots and a forest on Mars.
Khiatons Kindle Short Reads publishing program starts May 1st. These will give blog readers a chance to see the kind of works my trend watching inspires. They’re geared towards Kindle Select Readers who want to stream short reads and are composed of approximately 5000 word ebooks. They’ll be available for sale at 99 cents individually. If you’re not a member of Kindle Select, and prefer to save money, I’ll gather them into themed story collections and offer them as larger ebooks and print books.
The themed collections will be uploaded to Smashwords. However, the individual short read books will be kept exclusive to Kindle Select.
I figured this was a worthwhile experiment for 2017, and will see how it goes.
This is the first ebook Machine Learning: Two Short Reads which is available on May 1st.
Machine Learning: Two Short Reads
What will machines learn from humanity? We can hope they’ll hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil and obey the Three Laws of Robotics but Gidget the Gadget may become a respected member of the family, while the Dissembly Meme still goes viral in these two short reads. (Approximately a total of 4607 words)
Here are videos of current trends turned into writing prompts
see them here
I’m still be offering the results of my weekly trend spotting.
However, I’m shifting my weekly blogposts to plot prompts
instead of curating the best picks.
Writers can learn a lot from movies so movie reviews will be a semi-regular feature if I feel a movie has taught me something writers can use for their works.
Metropolis is credited with being the first #scifi movie.It was released in 1927 and produced by Fritz Lang. It’s best regarded as a historical document. It’s overacting, melodrama, and the fashion sense of its stars is comical to modern tastes. The evil factory uses oppressed blue collar workers never anticipating a time when manufacturing jobs would face automation. It’s set design of the technology is still eye catching. This movie made me grateful for all the progress made in movie storytelling throughout the decades. I recommend this movie if you are a history buff, but not for general #scifi fans unless you have a taste for pulp.
This week’s science discovered had care and manta-ray bots with maple syrup.
A lot of interesting discoveries and inventions in science this week concering lungs, hearts and the blackest material on Earth!