misc. writings

Technique and Politics in Hard SF

To say that I felt slightly beseiged when I wrote this
essay would be such a massive understatement that it would border on mockery
of the situation. I was in my first year of studies in the Master’s in Creative
Writing program at Concordia University in Montreal. I was the only science-fiction
writer in my class, taking a prose-writing course in which most of the students
were writing some form of mainstream realistic of magical-realistic fiction.

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Hamlet’s age, mirror neurons, immersive realism, and imagination

Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2000 09:58:46 -0400
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From: Gord Sellar
Subject: Hamlet’s age, mirror neurons, immersive realism, and imagination
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Hey. I know, I know, this is long . . . Some of you might remember me asking you a question about Hamlet’s age. Others of you are having this inflicted on your for the purpose of farming out the ideas in the end of the thing, and hopefully eliciting responses. I have the answer to the Hamlet question, now, so I thought I would share what I found. But a much more difficult door is now open for me to think my way through. It led me back to mirror neurons. [Yes, Michele, this is the article I mentioned to you regarding autism, by the way; oh, and Vera, yes, this is the article I mentioned regard your comments elsewhere on the gestural communication of octopi.]

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