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Write a 5-6 page essay on how The Kite Runner reveals historical, social, or cultural issues.



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Six rules for writing about AI set out at Worldcon 75

AI, Artificial Intelligence, is the one element that many SF writers like to work into their stories, particularly robot-human interactions. The bad news is that this particular element is probably the hardest to get right and the furthest away from becoming reality. 598 more words

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Everyone Sings in Lord of the Rings

Stormy Nights, May 7, 2015

Word Count: 1265

Rating: G

Summary: A look at the copious amount of music in the Lord of the Rings, with reasoning as to why we do not emulate the musicality of the inhabitants of Middle Earth. 1,289 more words


A Knight of...the people?

In Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The General Prologue”, the narrator tells us of the many pilgrims who plan to journey to Canterbury. Many characters are vividly described and clues about their character and persona are revealed. 541 more words

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The Bible as Historical Document: Genesis

This post is an interpretation of the book of Genesis. Religious significance aside, it may be useful to approach the stories told in Genesis not as verifiable historical events, but as parables or myths which hold implicit cultural significance for the historian—that is, to view the Bible as a primary source document shaped by its historical and cultural context. 982 more words


How Chinese SF writers deal with "the invisible" - Worldcon 75

Day 2 of Worldcon 75 delivered an Academic Track session that was on par, at least in terms of content, if not presentation, with the latest ideas and findings in Chinese Science Fiction (SF), one of the sub-genres of SF that I find particularly interesting and puzzling. 545 more words

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