Aug 17, 2022 3:07 AM
delegations from topias: anomaland, bobbiverse, malachitin, elfland, ozytopia, alicornutopia, dath ilan
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Oh they LOVE the one with the brilliant chemist, that's incredible,. They are debating what feedback to give the jellyfish aliens author but comment that their form of genderweirdness is much less biology-based than the jellyfish aliens' form seems to be?

Anomalans might enjoy this coming of age story in which a pair of childhood friends' gifts for one another over the years illustrates their changing relationship as they grow. For elves they have this narrative song about ocean-cities. For Greens... hm, a short film illustrating Selai traditional dyemaking?

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Awww, the childhood friends and their gifts are adorable. And the book about the logistics of interplanetary transit is very cool but be warned that their internet contains several astronauts and more space-mission support personnel and they will nitpick it and if the Bobbis are the type to feel bad about this they should not read the comments.

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The author of that book used the ‘I would like to deliberately self harm by reading critical comments about my work, please be mean to me’ tag for it, that seems fine. Also that author probably won’t actually be able to read the comments for several years so it’s definitely not going to be an immediate issue.

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. . . Aaaaa? Does that mean they should refrain from nitpicking it on the public internet? Not everyone will refrain even in that case, but a lot of people will. The delay of several years is immaterial; once the comments are up it's going to be much harder to convince anyone to take them down.

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Obviously they shouldn’t produce fewer mean and critical comments for people who explicitly say that they want mean and critical comments, that would produce such incredibly weird incentive structures?

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Ooh, a fiction exchange!

Elves love books and would probably enjoy everything mentioned, but perhaps the other societies don't have the best read on them, they don't tend to go for low-plot.  They are particularly interested by the magic giant parrots, and the logistics of interplanetary travel sounds pretty awesome too!

Perhaps the Bobbis would like this exceedingly long poem from the perspective of someone who feels like they are going mad with grief alone in their house after the death of their lover? This one elf can do a dramatic recitation if they would like, it's one of their personal favorites.

Would Firstplanet like this novel in which a group of young colonists is deposited on an alien planet, which contains various digressions about the logistics of sewer systems and other colony building, and also some digressions for sex to populate the planet?

Perhaps Malachitin would like this story about a group of high-global-status people being removed from their homes to give the land back to the people it belonged to hundreds of years before when they colonized it, which was written as an allegory for a different real conflict in which the high-global-status group was assisting in the removal of the low-global-status inhabitants.

Ozytopia might like this collection of story songs members of a historical social movement wrote to record events and promote cohesion?

They think Green might enjoy this novel in which a homebody is prevailed upon to go on a quest and uses her domestic skills to foil many plots before returning happily to her own house to hopefully not be disturbed anymore.

 

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Digressions into logistics are great! Some people don't want to think about the logistics of sewer systems in particular but other people find it comforting, and one of the delegates here is the latter.

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