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July 30th, 2008 - Adventures in Engineering — LiveJournal
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-07-30 12:25
  Subject:   ZP: E3 Trailer Park

"I'd like to clarify that somewhere in the flimsy pits of my petrified heart I'm open to the possibility of all these games potentially being fun. (Except Final Fantasy 13, obviously.)"

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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-07-30 22:19
  Subject:   Engineers' Dreams by George Dyson
  Tags:  reddit

How does one come to a new understanding? A standard essay or paper makes a discursive argument, decorated with analogies, to persuade the reader to arrive at the new insight. The same thing can be accomplished — perhaps more agreeably, perhaps more persuasively — with a piece of fiction that shows what would drive a character to come to the new understanding. Tell us a story!

This George Dyson gem couldn't find a publisher in a fiction venue because it's too technical, and technical publications (including Wired) won't run it because it's fiction. Shame on them. Edge to the rescue.

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