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No rush, Roy, unless you are someone who writes better when in a grasp-the-nettle-straightaway rush! :-)
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LOL!

BTW, I've added (in the comment appendices of the guidelines) a facility for submitting flash fiction of any size down to one word!
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CONE ZER at least vaguely looking for some of its stories to be laced or tinged with hard SF.
That does not change any previous guidelines and the freedom of themes and styles available to submitters.

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Des, in your note on Perfidious SF you mention: 'Per-fidy: through faith'.

Interestingly, my dictionary has 'perfidy' = 'beyond faith'.
I think there is something in this. The New Science is anthropomorphic, highlights the importance of the observer and the impossibility of certainty, is unbelievable and incomprehensible.
Seems to me Perfidious SF is the way to go. Modern physics may be wrong but mundane it certainly ain't. 'interstitialism and horror' seems along the right lines to me.
(Obviously I'm getting all theore-cri-tical because I have a story idea that might suit.)


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Bump.
I'm inclined to submit if my muse obliges with a plot. And my muse is a right little tart - nothing gets her going like money.
But sometimes she's perfidious.

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Thanks, Sheila. Look forward to reading it.
Mark, interesting what you write about Perfidious SF.
Also look forward to reading your submission.
Pleased that you both wrote on this thread as your first 'Interaction' posts. First of many I hope.

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'interstitialism and horror' seems along the right lines to me.


Here's some Interstitial art that hurts (dangerous, horrific, wrong line?):
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/a ... xpand=true

Meanwhile here is Cat in a Cone: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mkengstrom/81240910

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Once saw a dog doing a strange sort of dressage down the Thames embankment wearing a white version of one of these cones: she looked like some kind of hieratic Elizabethan familiar.

I was tempted to ask her advice on quantum mechanics because, frankly, it's always been a bit beyond me. But, you know, I have faith it will all amount to something...


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Mase, quantum mechanics is easy, you just need very small spanners. I got mine from a guy named Planck...

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Mase, quantum mechanics is easy, you just need very small spanners. I got mine from a guy named Planck...


Good grief, talking physics again, Bob? You can be such a Bohr ...

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Did they put Schrödinger's cat in a cone, I wonder?

The massive Schwinger model is quantized on the light cone with great care on the bosonic zero modes by putting the system in a finite (light-cone) spatial box. The zero mode of A- survives Dirac's procedure for the constrained system as a dynamical degree of freedom. After regularization and quantization, we show that the physical space condition is consistently imposed and relates the fermion Fock states to the zero mode of the gauge field. The vacuum is obtained by solving a Schrödinger equation in a periodic potential, so that the θ is understood as the Bloch momentum. We also construct a one-meson state in the fermion-antifermion sector and obtained the Schrödinger equation for it.

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It amazes me why he chose a cat.

I've just tried to put my cat in a box to go to the vet, and this lovable thing that jumps on my bed and licks my face in the morning instantly became a seething ball of teeth and claws.

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Maybe he was just a cat person and wanted to redress the philosophical/scientific imbalance Pavlov created with his dogs. Or maybe it was just to annoy his wife--you'd be surprised how many discoveries and inventions are made that way.

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Actually Schrödinger was talking about a catalytic converter and used the term 'cat' colloquially. Steve, you didn't think he really put a cat in that box did you? It would have ripped him to shreds, much safer if he'd used Occam's Razor which we all know was quite blunt by 1935...

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'Tanstagi', an acronym standing for 'There Ain't No Such Thing As Government Interference', is the motto of the Invisible Hand Society, an originally fictional organization invented in the Schrödinger's Cat trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson. This trilogy was a sort of sequel to the Illuminatus! trilogy (another book title incorporating a ! like Zencore!). I read both these trilogies many years ago. Now they're coming back to haunt me.

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