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    Blackout in the Brain Lab

    What will happen to the organoids? A work of fiction.
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    Los Angeles Is Gone

    In an excerpt from his new novel, the author drowns La La Land.
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    Most of the Mind Can’t Tell Fact from Fiction

    Even after you understand how an illusion operates, it continues to fool part of your mind. This is the kind of double knowledge we have when we consume fiction.Photograph by KieferPix / Shutterstock Stories, fiction included, act as a kind of surrogate life. You can learn from them so seamlessly that you might believe you […]
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    The Great Silence

    A parrot has a question for humans.
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    What happens when a person is simultaneously lost and found?
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    The Cost of Blood

    When corporations run the government and any crime can be bought.

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    The Woman Redeemed by Trees

    A story about connection by the National Book Award winner.

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    Buying Freedom

    What happens when you barter a jail break for the wrong person?

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    The Last Invention of Man

    How AI might take over the world.

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    The Case for Treating Gatsby as a Real Person

    If we lean too much on the text itself, or the history surrounding it, and view with suspicion why people read, and what happens when they do, then we threaten to ignore some of the most interesting questions this weird thing called literature poses. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a reader in possession […]

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    As the World Collapses

    An exclusive glimpse into Jeff VanderMeer’s new apocalyptic novel, “Borne.”