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Modelling Borges's Library of Babel in Sketchup

Jorge Luis Borges’s short story The Library of Babel describes an infinite library containing all possible books (“its polished surfaces represent and promise the infinite … Light is provided by some spherical fruit which bear the name of lamps”). For years, online Borges fandom has occupied itself with resolving the story’s description of the Library’s architecture into visual and physical renderings. Now, JWZ …

Flowchart: which Shakespeare play to see

This illustrated flowchart makes it easy to pick an evening out with the Bard. report this ad Imagine a mix of modern animation and 1960s marionette show Thunderbirds and you still won’t quite capture how awesome Thunderbolt Fantasy is. It’s an example of glove puppetry, a form of folk art dating back centuries. Set in an Eastern fantasy setting, Dān Fěi and her brother, guardians …

Hugo Gernsback's introduction to the first issue of Amazing Stories, 1926

When Hugo “Award” Gernsback launched Volume 1, Number 1 of Amazing Stories in April, 1926, he created the first magazine in the world solely devoted to science fiction stories: on the magazine’s editorial page, Gernsback laid out his vision for the genre. Gernsback’s “scientifiction” (his coinage, later supplanted by variants like “science fiction” and “sci-fi”) traced its roots to Edgar Allen Poe, …