Pulling some things out of the open tabs…
Marissa Lingen, On-ramps to various weird freeways:
So there was a Fourth Street panel where Max Gladstone wanted to talk about on-ramps to the weird: what accessibility we provide readers to works with a sense of alienation and dislocation, how we allow them to navigate works of science fiction and fantasy either without feeling uncomfortable or despite that discomfort, and what tools we can get from other genres in their on ramps–genres like magic realism and surrealism.
The Head of Donn Bó, The Tatooine Cycle. Star Wars as medieval Irish epic.
What was the reason for the Tragic Death of Cenn Obi and the Destruction of Da Thféider’s Hostel?
CBC News on the deciphering of the Antikythera mechanism:
After more than a decade’s efforts using cutting-edge scanning equipment, an international team of scientists has now read about 3,500 characters of explanatory text — a quarter of the original — in the innards of the 2,100-year-old remains.
They say it was a kind of philosopher’s guide to the galaxy, and perhaps the world’s oldest mechanical computer.
“Now we have texts that you can actually read as ancient Greek, what we had before was like something on the radio with a lot of static,” said team member Alexander Jones, a professor of the history of ancient science at New York University.