BuzzFeed News: YA Twitter Can Be Toxic, But It Also Points Out Real Problems

BuzzFeed News: YA Twitter Can Be Toxic, But It Also Points Out Real Problems. “However flawed social media may be, it’s still an important tool for giving marginalized voices and diversity advocates a much-needed platform. And if we set aside, for a moment, the focus on the authors; if we pause to remember that there are bad-faith voices in all parts of Twitter, not just YA; and if we step back and consider that the power to publish or cancel a book lies not with internet critics but with publishers and authors — then there’s another aspect of these stories that’s often ignored in mainstream discussions: What if these critics, with their focus on representation and diversity, have a point?”

Wired: Fans Are Better Than Tech at Organizing Information Online

Wired: Fans Are Better Than Tech at Organizing Information Online. “Kudos to the fans. One of the nominees for the Hugo Awards this year is Archive of Our Own, a fanfiction archive containing nearly 5 million fanworks—about the size of the English Wikipedia, and several years younger. It’s not just the fanfic, fanart, fanvids, and other fanworks, impressive as they are, that make Archive of Our Own worthy of one of the biggest honors in science fiction and fantasy. It’s also the architecture of the site itself.”

UK Web Archive Blog: Collecting Interactive Fiction

UK Web Archive Blog: Collecting Interactive Fiction. “Works of interactive fiction are stories where the reader/player can guide or affect the narrative in some way. This can be through turning to a specific page as in ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’, or clicking a link or typing text in digital works. “

New-to-me: A database of asexual and aromantic characters in prose fiction

New-to-me: a database of asexual and aromantic characters in prose fiction. The database covers various types of asexual (demi, grey, etc) and is sortable by a variety of factors. From the front page: “… I think these tables have the potential to do what I set out to accomplish: allow asexual and aromantic people to find themselves in a wide range of stories. Our narratives are out there, but too often it’s hard to find more than the same handful of well-known (and sometimes not-that-great rep) recommendations.”

Digital Library of Georgia: Digitization of the Pinebranch, the first student publication of South Georgia State Normal College and Georgia State Woman’s College (both earlier names for Valdosta State University)

Digital Library of Georgia: Digitization of the Pinebranch, the first student publication of South Georgia State Normal College and Georgia State Woman’s College (both earlier names for Valdosta State University). “The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the digitization of the Pinebranch, the first student publication of South Georgia State Normal College and Georgia State Woman’s College (both earlier names for Valdosta State University). The Pinebranch was a literary magazine published from September or October of 1917 to May of 1934. In addition to stories and poetry, the magazine included editorials, and news from campus and alumni.”

A New Database of Star Trek Books

Via Reddit, I learned about a new database of Star Trek books. From the About page: “The purpose of this website is to provide a searchable database of Star Trek novels to make it easier for fans of written Star Trek fiction to find books to read. This unofficial database allows you to find books by keyword, author, series, captain, starship, TV show and year. I have attempted to sort all books in chronological order using the various sources listed below, but there were some contradictions and inconsistencies.”

Embry-Riddle Newsroom: Fiction May Offer Clues to Fake News Impacts

Embry-Riddle Newsroom: Fiction May Offer Clues to Fake News Impacts. “In Philip K. Dick’s 1969 science fiction novel Ubik, the Hollis Corporation sets an explosive trap for members of rival Runciter Associates after Runciter tries to convince the public that their privacy is threatened by psychic Hollis employees. ‘Runciter’s propaganda campaign is a perfect example of brainwashing,’ said rising sophomore Ethan Hale, an engineering physics student in the Honors Program on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Fla., Campus. ‘In the book, Runciter’s ads are all over the place – on matchboxes and TVs every hour. People start to fear Hollis, and in turn, people gaslight each other through peer pressure so that everyone thinks the same way.'”