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Sunday, April 26, 2009

BRUCE STERLING ON DESIGN FICTION

A rather lovely piece of writing on the Interactions site by Bruce Sterling on the relationship between SF writing and design.

He covers some v. interesting ground here, throwing all sorts of ideas to the wind; I was particularly interested in the idea of an archaic variant Japanese script designed to only be read by women.

And as someone who also writes code as well as fiction, I was particularly smitten by this: "The line commands in software are text as an expression of will."

It's an idea that's constantly nagged at my mind over the years - that I also write stuff in languages that make things happen in the physical/electromechanical realm. The idea that there are sequences of 'words' that are able to move things around (data, electrons, bit/bytes, whatever) is a very wonderous thing to me - a form of magic in itself.

3 Comments:

At 7:53 pm, Blogger doppelganger said...

prayers, summonings,incantations, curses....

if they can say your real name they've got you....

 
At 3:28 am, Blogger Fritz said...

When summoning, I code and comment with extreme care. The last thing you want when you find yourself beyond the river of fire is obscure syntax and a foggy memory of how you got yourself there.

 
At 10:10 pm, Blogger kek-w said...

...or a recursive loop! (Dante's Do-Until Circle w/ no Exit...)

 

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