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Horror independent of increased knowledge?

Are there any horror works which do not derive increased horror from increased knowledge? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Jul 4, 2013 - 28 answers

I keep crying over Ian M Banks dying of cancer.

Never in my life has this happened before, but I keep finding myself in tears of grief over the looming death of Scottish writer Iain M Banks, who is far and away my favourite writer and has terminal cancer. I'm looking for ways of helping to resolve this emotion, by using it as energy to fuel a meaningful response. [more inside]
posted by Mistress on May 20, 2013 - 21 answers

If the internet were being recreated from scratch, what would you do to improve it?

I've been asked to research the viability of the launch of a new top-level domain (TLD) parallel to dot-com. Assuming the prospective domain owner wishes not to reduplicate the internet as it exists now merely with another extension, I'd like to ask: Let's say you could take what you know about how the internet works (indexing, monetization, traffic, web-mastering but also crowdsourcing, social networking, political organizing, personal publishing, microfunding, etc.) and for reasons purely fictional, the existing system was scrapped and being re-built from scratch, what would you do with that opportunity if you had it? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Dec 26, 2011 - 9 answers

Help me find a good, realistic political novel

I'm looking for a realistic political novel that's not a spy thriller. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Sep 17, 2011 - 17 answers

Where can I read more about the Romanian Revolution in December 1989, and the events leading up to it?

Where can I read more about the Romanian Revolution in December 1989, and the events leading up to it? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Jan 7, 2011 - 10 answers

Please recommend a great Washington, D.C. political thriller.

Book filter: can you recommend a good political/journalistic novel set in Washington, D.C. that meet the following criteria? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Jan 10, 2010 - 17 answers

Please identify this old set of science fiction stories

Can you ID these short stories and help me find them? I think there were at least two, they were written by Keith Laumer, and they appeared in a paperback IF anthology that I can't find. They are about the right of revolution (one may be titled something like that) and take place on a mining colony on another planet. I think the first is about the miners who revolt and are led by an Ayn-Rand-character-like person (his name is John Ralt or something). The second is about the 'ARcl' person who is now in charge and must deal with dissenters who contest his moral and political authority. And were there any more stories in this vein, or just two?
posted by Mr. Justice on Jul 8, 2009 - 5 answers

Books about Peru & Bolivia?

Books about Peru & Bolivia? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas on May 18, 2009 - 10 answers

How can fictional works present unflattering portrayals of living people without legal comeback?

Recent dramas have used (without ambiguity) the name and image of real living figures and events in fiction and film. How this is legally possible? Is it covered by Fair Use? [more inside]
posted by Hugobaron on Nov 5, 2008 - 17 answers

John Birch: Real, or pipe dream?

I need a link to support the allegation that John Birch, the U.S. Army intelligence officer supposedly killed by the Chinese in 1945, did not exist. [more inside]
posted by Kirth Gerson on Jan 20, 2006 - 15 answers

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