Aside from a few minor things, the articles are largely convincing as Wikipedia articles and real and fictional citations mingle comfortably. But her story, like a number of others in the anthology, is overly reliant on lengthy excerpts from fictional texts that would not appear in a real Wikipedia article to carry the story forward in ways the encyclopedic tone of Wikipedia cannot.
And that tone fails in other ways, making menacing elements seem ridiculous or the intentionally black comic seem slapstick. The majority of the stories in the anthology are metafictional texts which operate in the framework of another fictional text, the kind of story made famous by novels like Wide Sargasso Sea , Grendel , and The Wind Done Gone.
Editing the original story like it was a Wikipedia entry, they reimagine the story from the point of view of a secondary character like those three novels do or reinterpret the story through an entirely different frame of reference. Here we have a resistance movement to the fascist government of Flatland , Tolkien's Galadriel in a future world of cyborgs and artificial intelligences, "Bunnypedia" documenting the life of notorious reprobate and Planned Rabbithood founder Peter Rabbit , and a mash-up of Heart of Darkness and The Island of Doctor Moreau.
Mark Rich's stories initially read like graduate term papers about Edgar Rice Burroughs ' Dejah Thoris and Rudyard Kipling 's The Light that Failed , but he quickly weaves fantastic reinterpretations of these ideas. There are so many of these metatexts that they are accompanied by a story that functions as a sort of parody of this mini-genre, Jeremy Sim's amusing "Thaddeus P. Nick Tramdack's "The Gimmerton Theory", which has Heathcliff , during his absence from Wuthering Heights , on the Continent mingling with characters from the works of the Marquis de Sade , is among the best of these, though overly reliant on a lengthy but well-written text excerpt.
And perhaps the best story in the entire volume is Alisa Alering's "Madeline Usher Usher", which casts the narrator of " The Fall of the House of Usher " as a lovestruck stalker preying on Poe 's wraith-like character , reimagined as both a victim and a creative force in her own right. Fantasy is another popular genre in this anthology.
- L. Timmel Duchamp: A Brief Biography.
- Rescued from myself: Rescued from the streets, can she rescue herself from him?.
- Before the First Day.
- Waking Titan/Phase 1;
One of the biggest highlights of this book is Mari Ness' trio of amusing tales set in a world where Wikipedia matter of factly documents the doings of fairies and other fantastical creatures. Catherine Krahe's "The Blacksmith" is remarkable in that it manages to wring a mysterious and haunting tone out of Wikipedia's normal emotionless prose. Nisi Shawl 's "The Five Petals of Thought" is the most successful of these as a Wikipedia article, as it takes the perspective of an objective observer trying to interpret the history of a mysterious religious movement which might be something else entirely, with the book's most well-placed citation needed tags on a statements that might be vandalism or might hint at the more fantastical nature of this enigmatic group.
Disappointingly, few of the stories are overtly science fiction. Perhaps for these authors the nature of the anthology seemed more appropriate to rewriting the past than the original research of writing the future. Duchamp's own story "Elizabeth Burgoyne Corbett" is the seemingly straightforward biography of a 25th-century author most famous for the "alien visitation fable" New Amazonia.
- L. Timmel Duchamp: A Brief Biography.
- BAD RAP (A Rollie Kemp Novel Book 4).
- Los sentimientos no se compran en la tienda (Vivencias) (Spanish Edition).
- My Journey Before & During the Darkness and Into the Light.
- The Modern Prison Paradox.
- Gun Machine!
Its closest analogy may be not from the world of science fiction, but the nonfiction work A View From the Year by Michael H. Hart , which places biographical articles about fictional people representing posited future trends alongside the biographies of the likes of Washington and Einstein. But the story is more complex than it appears, as Duchamp's Aqueduct Press is also republishing an utopian science fiction novel called New Amazonia by a 19th-century Elizabeth Burgoyne Corbett. Corbett is an author so obscure I initially thought that New Amazonia and Corbett's Wikipedia article was part of an elaborate hoax, a postmodern art project that stretched beyond the bounds of this anthology.
But what Duchamp has done was to, instead of reinterpreting a fictional text, reinterpret a real person's life in fictional terms, using the future setting to examine contemporary issues, just as Corbett and other utopian novelists did. Jeremy Sim's "Sanyo TM Home-Use Time Machine" is another of the few overtly science fiction stories in the anthology, and it is also one of the few stories to manipulate the format of Wikipedia itself to serve the story.
It is a classic cautionary tale of technology gone awry and Sim's article changes in real time as the story progresses and the article is "vandalized". It is only marred by the insertion of lines like "edited by amorris, 5 September ", which wouldn't appear in any Wikipedia article and the story is effective enough that these crutches are unnecessary. Duchamp concludes the volume with two other stories that also dramatically subvert the encyclopedic format: Anna Tambour 's "God", a satirical "biography" of a deity as juvenile delinquent, and Lucy Sussex 's "La Cucaracha Rules", which begins with a flurry of warning banners and becomes a bizarre romp that quickly dispenses with the idea that it is any sort of encyclopedia entry.
Missing Links and Secret Histories is a fascinating experiment.
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While a number of the stories fail at what they set out to do, even in the worst cases the attempts are interesting to watch. The territory it explores leaves much terrain unmapped; science fiction and alternate history Alex Dally MacFarlane's excellent "Gerayis or Gedayis " is the only story here that might be labeled alternate history under an expansive definition of the term. I hope it is only the first anthology of its kind and not the last. On 15 January, the English Wikipedia turned thirteen years old.
In that time, this site has grown from a small site that was known to only a select few to one of the most popular websites on the internet. At the same time, recent data suggests that there is a power law among users, where the comparative few who are writing most of Wikipedia have most of the edits.
The result of this is that there is going to be bias in what is created, and how we deal with it as Wikipedians is indicative of the future of the site. Furthermore, this brings up what we have to do in order to combat this bias, as there are many ideas, but the question is whether they will work or not. Every Wednesday, various charts are updated that show trends in editing.
These include lists on the top editors , top article creators , and overall bot edit counts , as well as what editors have made the most edits in the last thirty days , which is updated less than the others. Over the past few years, there have been periodic attempts at deciphering this information to figure out what it all means, although as far as I know, no one in the Wikimedia Foundation has published reports using this information.
When I came across these lists in and decided to put these trends on a chart and see what it all meant, unsurprisingly, some interesting trends came up.
Fast forward to two weeks ago, when I decided to update the charts for the first time since November of , and I had no idea what I would discover. One of the more interesting trends that I found during the many hours that I built the charts was how many edits a rather select few Wikipedians have when compared to the rest of the site's users.
When charted onto a line graph, there is a distinct power law that rises sharply for both bots and editors. Interestingly, the top bot Cydebot has more than three times the top edits than Koavf , the editor with the highest edit count on the site. Even more surprising was the numbers on article creators. Most Wikipedians who are active on the site have written an article or two, some being as simple as a stub, or some that have been expanded to a Featured Article. Other times, users focus on expanding existing articles, due to knowledge on a specific subject area.
Other users, myself included, have created hundreds or tens of thousands of articles. To find the time to even create an article thoroughly takes time and dedication, and it is likely that many of these articles were created as stubs. Of note are the numerous IP addresses that show up on these page creation lists, as before users were allowed to anonymously submit articles a feature which was removed because of the Seigenthaler incident. On the list, the IP address One question that should be asked about the fact that so few editors are writing so many articles is why this is occurring.
Wikipedia can often be harsh to new users, as the amount of rules both written and unwritten can scare off even the most dedicated of writers. Those who stay seem to be ones who want to contribute and write more for the site, but the data seems to show that these are an incredibly select few individuals when compared to the over twenty million usernames that have been registered over the years.
Furthermore, with declining editor counts, this number is only going to become more of an issue over the years as the Wikipedians who are left will probably start expanding into more niche topics, ones that are not easily researchable to the average person with stable internet access. One other question that this brings up are what are the costs of having so few editors who write so many articles.
Dec 19, Phil Scovis rated it liked it. This is an interesting study of how much cultural context is found in any wikipedia article. Fake articles from various real contributors, on obscure subjects, written in the stilted, encyclopedic style, paint vivid and humorous pictures of alternative realities: where time-machines are common household appliances; where Tolkien's mythos is taken seriously as a religion by a post-singularity consciousness; or where fictional characters are real and vice-versa.
It could be a satire of wikipedi This is an interesting study of how much cultural context is found in any wikipedia article. It could be a satire of wikipedia; or of the presumption of its editors; or of the credulity of its readers; or of the paradoxical concept of a trusted authority emerging from a million unorganized individuals; or of our culture that has given wikipedia a place of trust and authority.
Jan 07, Kayla rated it it was amazing Shelves: long-excellent. An enticing mix of fact and fiction - this right here is what I love, and also hate because I want to know more about thr stuff that isn't real! I absolutely enjoyed reading this and I wish there were more stuff out there like it. Jan 17, Erika marked it as to-read Shelves: science-fiction.
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In the interstices of that I have listened to a lot of music currently on a Serenata Guyanesa kick , played some Plants vs. Zombies 2, watched Milo play Myst, poked around on Wikipedia, and read quite a few books. Here is a partial list. Sometimes I can think and sometimes I am just spacing out.
The Polar Journeys book is 42 short excerpts from various explorations and voyages in the Arctic and Antarctica. De Long were pretty great, especially from a warm bed under a down comfortor and a heating pad. The best story so far has been George E. His style is… like a regular person with some common sense, trying to figure out what the hell to do, instead of like a pompous observing scientist or wannabe heroic expedition leader.
He and 18 others, including 2 women and their 5 children were adrift on an ice floe for six months. The expedition head, Captain Hall, died, very likely from being poisoned by another crew member. Someone made a whole other expedition years later to dig up his body and test it for arsenic. This guy Tyson, who had been a whaling captain, suspected that the remaining leader, Captain Budington, deliberately stranded him and the rest. It backfired on Budington who got stranded anyway with the 14 remaining crew members. Tyson describes the total screwup that is their life on the ice over the Arctic winter.
He blames the German crew for most of the mistakes. They would have died SO fast if the Inuit folks with them had not built them igloos and shot about 50 seals. And probably sewed them clothes too. Her family had a long history of contact with whalers and voyagers. Her husband Ipiirviq aka Ebierbing or Joe and daughter were also pretty great. I will keep working on their articles.
Hall and Budington had voyaged together a bunch before. They appear to have been somewhat in conflict as to who was the best friend, benefactor, and exploiter of Tookoolito and Ebeierbing and family. Even after they were dead I think something fishy is going on with many of the claims of who their patron was. It will likely not be possible to find a truth about this, but tracing the claims would be really fun.
I have found sources to claim, as a minor example, that either Budington, Hall, or Ebierbing himself bought the Ebierbing family home in Connecticut.
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Buddington in Groton. Anyway, most people interested in this seem stuck on the more flashy controversy of whether Charles Francis Hall was murdered or not, and if so, who did it. I am more interested in the story of the Inuit people and their families and the arcs of their lives and whatever they may have to say. As always the fluidity of identity in names across language fascinates me.
It is one of the little keys of subalternity as I explored in my Wittig project and my anthology of Spanish American women poets. Obviously… this interest or ability ties in to my interest in hoaxes and sockpuppets!
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Details of nearly everything about the people and the situation are also just lifted uncritically and unsourced. For instance the name of the guy who brought Tookoolito and Ebierbing as young teenagers with some other kid to England is listed in some sources as Thomas Bolby and in others as John Bowlby.
Other screwups…. People are slobs, and truth is more elusive than you might think. The best writeups on this so far appear to be from Kenn Harper, whose clarity I appreciate. Thank god someone has some sense out there. Thank you Internet Archive! George E. Skip to content This terrible invention fits well into my usual purview, cat-related ridiculousness — like dead mouse cat treats , sugar cereal themed cat litter, and of course the ever-popular Catula. Warehouse fulfillment and packing things for shipment.
This seems quite possible!
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