Suppose an author writes a story about a peaceful dragon
Seraphina (Seraphina, #1) by Rachel HartmanLibrarian Note: Alternate cover edition for ISBN 9780375866562.
In her New York Times bestselling and Morris Award-winning debut, Rachel Hartman introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative-medieval world to fantasy and science-fiction readers of all ages.
Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treatys anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.
Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queens Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.
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Computer programmed to write its own fables
More than 2, years after Aesop warned his listeners in ancient Greece about the dangers of greed and pride via the medium of geese, foxes and crows, researchers in Australia have developed a computer program which writes its own fables, complete with moral. Margaret Sarlej, at the University of New South Wales, has devised the Moral Storytelling System, which generates simple stories with one of six morals identified in Aesop's fables: retribution, greed, pride, realistic expectations, recklessness and reward. The stories are structured around characters who are able to experience up to 22 emotions, from joy to pity, remorse and gratitude, in three different story worlds. The academic described artificial intelligence in storytelling as "an extremely complex problem". Her supervisor, artificial intelligence expert Dr Malcolm Ryan, has told the university's magazine , Uniken, of his attempt in "to get a computer to understand, and then reproduce, a page from Beatrix Potter's children's classic The Tale of Peter Rabbit". Breaking stories down for a computer "involves not only encoding story elements like characters, events, and plot, but also the 'common sense' people take for granted", said Sarlej. Telling a story is simple enough for a child to do, but stories are actually "incredibly complex".
Sir John Mandeville is the supposed author of The Travels of Sir John Mandeville , a travel memoir which first circulated between and The earliest surviving text is in French. By aid of translations into many other languages, the work acquired extraordinary popularity. Despite the extremely unreliable and often fantastical nature of the travels it describes, it was used as a work of reference— Christopher Columbus , for example, was heavily influenced by both this work and Marco Polo 's earlier Travels. In his preface, the compiler calls himself a knight, and states that he was born and bred in England, in the town of St Albans. Common theories point to a Frenchman by the name of Jehan a la Barbe or other possibilities discussed below. After studying law at the University of Paris, Langhe returned to the abbey and was elected abbot in
Where Dreams Take Flight
July 12, By thinkwritten Comments. If you want to become a better writer, the best thing you can do is practice writing every single day. Writing prompts are useful because we know sometimes it can be hard to think of what to write about! To help you brainstorm, we put together this list of creative writing prompts to give you something to write about daily. Whether you write short stories, poems, or like to keep a journal — these will stretch your imagination and give you some ideas for topics to write about!