3D Printed Live Bacteria Creates World’s First “Living Tattoo”

By Rich Haridy

A team at MIT has genetically modified bacteria cells and developed a new 3D printing technique to create a “living tattoo” that can respond to a variety of stimuli.

Electronic tattoos and smart ink technologies are showing exciting potential for reframing how we think of wearable sensor devices. While many engineers are experimenting with a variety of responsive materials the MIT team wondered if live cells could be co-opted into a functional use.

Read the full article at New Atlas.

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Don’t Romanticize Science Fiction: An Interview with Samuel Delany

By Adam Fitzgerald

Encountering Samuel R. Delany’s work, for me at least, can be described in two phases (more like paroxysms): the first is being so overcome by the true presence of a genius or polymath writer, the endless fertility and ease through which he has made each genre indelibly his own (science fiction, literary criticism, the short personal essay, the queer memoir, the travelogue, journal writing)—in short, Nobel be damned, we are living in the age of Delany’s life-changing, out-of-this-world work and the kind of reader/critic his writing calls into being, well, she may not exist quite yet. The second phase, no less intense than the first, is to refuse trying to categorize his black queer art because what he has done is, in fact, so much more interesting, diffuse and multifaceted than the rhetoric of genius, the confines of genre. Delany isn’t simply, or at all, a master of this or that form so much as he refuses everything straight white literary culture has been trying to niche and market all along.

Read the full article at Literary Hub.

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History of the SFWA

Cat is writing a series of articles about the SFWA and the relationship of indie writers to the organization.  I am reblogging it here because I know that other SFF indie authors will want to know!

By Cat Rambo, current President of the SFWA

As part of a Twitter conversation, one of my favorite gamewriters, Ken St. Andre, suggested I write up something about SFWA and independent writers that goes into enough detail that people can understand why — or why not — they might want to join. This is part one of a multi-part series that will talk about some of the history behind the decision, and in this first part I want to talk about the organization prior to admitting independent writers. Part two will discuss how SFWA came to change membership criteria in order to make it possible for people to qualify for membership with indie sales in 2016, and some of the changes made as part of planning for that expansion. Part three will focus on how SFWA has changed in the intervening time, while part four will look at what I see as the changes that will continue as we move forward over the next decade. In all of this, I’m trying to provide something of an insider’s look that may or may not be useful, but certainly will be full of many words.

Read the full article at Cat Rambo’s blog, Kittywumpus.

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The Importance of Diversity in Libraries

By Karen Jensen

On posts, in tweets, and in my mailbox, one of the questions we – TLT – get asked a lot is “What about the conservatives?” Because we post regularly about GLBTQAI+ literature, talk about advocacy, etc., some are left with the impression that we do not care about meeting the needs of the more conservative parts of our population, which is in no way true. This question came up multiple times regarding my recent series of posts on doing a collection diversity audit.

Read the full article at Teen Librarian Toolbox.

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Happy Solstice!

Blessed Solstice to all of you who choose to celebrate, and may the next year bring you all the joy of your heart!

If you want to listen to some Yule music that my friends and I made, here you go!

Otherwise, enjoy this clip of the Harry Potter Yule Ball music:

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A Small List of Large Characters: Fat Representation in SFF

Just to note: size representation is a big deal to me. I am an ex-anorexic/bulimic.  Thank you to Ms. Jackson for this great article.  Please share any good fat characters you can in the comments on the article, where people will read it!  Image above is fan art for Miles and his somewhat-larger brother, Mark Vorkosigan, from one of my favourite space opera series, the Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold.

By Jessi Cole Jackson

Before delving in, I want to recognize that for many (myself included) fat is a loaded term, with years of abuse attached to it. I use it because it’s not twee or gendered and it does not reduce identity to a specific set of numbers. Also because I want to take it back from bigots and bullies.

As a child, I never saw myself in books. Yes, there were plenty with nerdy, bookish girls, but these were not my primary self-identifier. I was a fat girl first and foremost, and fat girls didn’t exist in the stories I read.

Except one.

Read the full article at SFWA.org.

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Show Don’t Tell

By Mandy Wallace

So I’m working on this short story I started for some Glimmer Train contest or other. But it grew like a weed all unwieldy, and now it’s burst through its word count limit and its deadline. And I wish that was this story’s biggest problem.

Its biggest problem is that I’m still struggling to balance ye old show versus tell rule, and it’s got me so micro focused on each passing second and every minor character thought and gesture and useless detail of the environment that it’s all just TOO MUCH INFORMATION!

As much as I thought you and I solved this show, don’t tell rule once before, it’s turned out to be a tougher trick to master. But we both know that learning a lesson doesn’t always work in real life the way it does in stories (i.e. one and done). That’s why I’m so excited to share the formula that finally balances all the confusing show, don’t tell info out there.

Read the full article at Mandy Wallace’s blog Write or Die.

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