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Utopias, Dystopias, Nuts, and Bolts

Elysium: it has science!

If you haven’t already been assaulted by ads, it’s Geek Week on Youtube; Geek Smash has a roundup. Everyone else got nerdy about using your words. Except the roleplayers — they declined to use any words. Blame Gen Con.

Culture

Youtube Geek Week Roundup 2013 by Afoué Ellison at Geek Smash 

Mark Millar and Todd McFarlane: Ladies, Comics Aren’t For You by MyDearPeabody at Observation Deck

Inspiration

6 Carefully Planned ‘Utopias’ That Went Spectacularly Insane by  at Cracked.com

Dragon by Astrid Nielsch at Amazing Stories

The Coolest and Weirdest Artworks That Are Visible from Space by Vincze Miklós at Io9

Storytelling

The Most Overused Animal Stereotypes in Pop Culture by Katharine Trendacosta at Io9

5 Reasons Why Han Solo is the Most Realistic Person in Star Wars by Ryan Britt and Emily Asher-Perrin at Tor.com

Story Worlds 101: The Six Pillars of Middle Earth (Part 1 of 2) by  

Worldbuilding

7 Dystopian Technologies That Would Never Exist in Real Life by Esther Inglis-Arkell at Io9

The Science Behind ‘Elysium’ by  at Slashdot

Writing

Nuts and Bolts: “Thought” Verbs by Chuck Palahniuk at LitReactor

5 Ways to Get Rid of Your Damn Empty Modifiers by Robbie Blair at LitReactor

On Writing: Moving From Prosaic to Spectacular by Nina Munteanu at Amazing Stories

 

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