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FOR READERS: Your Identity, Reflected

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FOR READERS Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer BA Brock: Sometimes it’s easier for me to read trans stories, when the worlds are fantasy. I’ve read several fantasy stories recently, where the characters have struck me as trans, but in the context of the book, there were no trans people. I love this ability of fantasy, to explore heavy current social issues, in a setting other than our reality. It allows me to let go of the minutia (did the author get it exactly right?), and at the same time still experience the pain and joy of my identity. I’d … Read more

FOR WRITERS: Through the Looking Glass

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FOR WRITERS Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer Fletcher Delancey: We all know that readers bring their own experiences and expectations to our work. Do you find that some readers apparently read a completely different book than the one you wrote? How do you come to terms with that, particularly if their review is based on this “looking glass” version? Join the chat

TECH: Thinnest Mirrors in the World Use Quantum ‘Excitons’ to Reflect Light

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Two separate teams of scientists have built the thinnest mirrors in the world: sheets of molybdenum diselenide (MoSe2), each just a single atom wide. The mirrors were developed at the same time at Harvard University and the Institute for Quantum Electronics in Zurich, and described in a pair of papers published Thursday (Jan. 18) in the journal Physical Review Letters. These engineering feats push the limits of what’s possible in this physical universe, the researchers said. Despite approaching the minimum thickness an object could possibly have and remain reflective under the laws of physics, the tiny mirrors reflected a great … Read more