MIT Technology Review's TWELVE TOMORROWS is packed with scifi goodness

The editors of MIT Technology Review tasked author Bruce Sterling with selecting the futuristic tales for this edition of the publication's annual, science-fiction anthology issue. Called Twelve Tomorrows, this year's anthology features stories (I am assuming new stories) by some of the best names in the business:… » 7/31/14 9:18am Today 9:18am

The Hero’s Journey Is Still the Only Hope for Good Stories

Recently I read 'My Cousin is Not a Hero,' an essay by M. Molly Backes, that unassumingly, though despondently, argues that most of our lives are not epics with plots reaching Hero's Journey proportions. She discusses how her cousin's zany anecdotes do not line up into a blockbuster series of events that he's hoping… » 7/31/14 9:00am Today 9:00am

Guy jumps off a building, slides down a roof and lands on stairs for fun

Ethan Swanson, the lunatic making this ridiculous roof jump, is a professional stunt man, so he sees life differently than the rest of us. Where normal humans see buildings and houses and stairs, Swanson sees a playground. This jump, which starts from the top of a building and ends on stairs, is just epic. » 7/31/14 2:35am Today 2:35am