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Interesting discussions about world-building, from a diverse collection of writers – Alastair Reynolds, Nnedi Okorafor, M. John Harrison, etc.

Tell the story that needs to be told, in the way it needs to be told, to the length it needs to be told.

Don’t poison a story by insisting it must be an apple when it’s really an orange.

Don’t stunt a story by forcing it beyond its natural growth nor by forcing it to grow in a box too small.

“Genres” and “standard story lenghs” are publisher’s artefacts, not part of storytelling.

Breakthroughs don’t come through abiding by conventions and working in boxes.

“So-called charity, with its implicit assumptions of high and low, is no remedy to injustice, but its willing accomplice. Charity allows the privileged the opportunity to buy the silence of their consciences for a few coins (with the added bonus of much to-do being made of their philanthropy)–rather than wrestle with why, in a world of plenty, they wallow in pampered luxury through no particular virtue of their own, while most of the world is in rags, starving, and living in shacks. Jesus advised the rich man to sell everything he had and give it to the poor. The numerous charities operating under his name ever since have set a significantly lower standard.”

Peter Kropotkin, narrater in “The Watch” by Dennis Danvers

Privacy and security issues to keep in mind:

  • Tracking user preferences, location etc.
  • Convoluted privacy policy changes
  • Disturbing and annoying advertising in apps or on websites
  • Targeting with commercial and political messages
  • Unwanted notifications and marketing
  • Use of personal data for commercial purposes
  • Exposing private messages add emails publicly
  • Exposing search history publicly
  • An app posting on user’s behalf
  • Difficulty to export personal data
  • Difficulty to cancel a subscription
  • Hidden fees and costs not explicitly mentioned
  • Importing contacts of friends
  • Trolling and stalking online
  • Data breach of login, password and credit card details
  • Gmail, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts being hacked.

From Smashing Magazine