Bruce Sterling has a short-short story in this month's Discover, "In the Future, Doing Science Is Like Blogging." It's part of an Ellen Datlow-edited series on fictionalized future discoveries. I've written one for a forthcoming ish in which a neuro shortcut to creating empathy for fictional people is created and abused by advertisers, destroying all forms of narrative fiction (I originally pitched one about a world in which the cure for obesity turns out to be a turd-transplant from people with "skinny" intestinal flora, but nevertheless the formerly fat are still shunned by the naturally thin; but "eat shit and live" was too gross for the series).
• Can I really make major science discoveries just by reading "nonsense poems"?
In the Future, Doing Science Is Like Blogging
You bet you can, and that's why we're so glad you're at our Web site! If you can read a popular-science publication (and enjoy it), then you most likely have enough brainpower to help us make massive scientific breakthroughs.
• How do I know if I qualify for making these "mysterious discoveries"?
By displaying your linguistic comprehension of our stochastic scientometric ontological schemata!
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