We love refreshing takes on well-worn formulas, and these two movies are leading the charge where the rom-com is concerned.
Push notifications. Not a term that typically strikes enthusiasm or inspiration in the heart of the average mobile user. But we here at Serial Box are all about expanding the horizons of what’s possible in the world of storytelling, no matter the medium or screen size.
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The world of science fiction and fantasy has a new Grand Master: William Gibson. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced on Jan. 8, 2019, that Gibson had been named the 35th Damon Knight Grand Master for his contributions to the literature of Science Fiction and Fantasy. In honor of Gibson, we picked some of our favorite cyberpunk books of the 21st century.
In Dead Air, Mackenzie heads to the Kentucky Derby. For research, of course. And in the season finale of Bookburners, the Engströms’ final play for power has deadly consequences. Plus, a new micro story is published for Microfiction Monday!
Today would’ve been Dorothy Parker’s 125th birthday, and though the internet did not exist during her lifetime, listicle scribes sustain her legacy every August 22nd by collecting the acid-sharp literary barbs for which Parker was so famous.
Check out Mackenzie’s podcast for a uniquely immersive experience. Does the truth lie in the serial, the podcast . . . or somewhere in-between?
In Dead Air, Mackenzie's investigation gets messy. And in Bookburners, the team rushes to save the Vatican from impending disaster. Plus, a new micro story is published for Microfiction Monday!
Hi readers, Artificial intelligence isn’t just the stuff of sci-fi—it’s everywhere in our lives today, from natural disaster warnings to personality assessment to, well, almost everything that Google does. It’s not sentient robots (or a smartphone assistant you can really talk to)… yet. Instead, we’re talking machine learning, a kind of AI in which a computer “learns” how to do something by practice and iteration, or, in the case of neural networks, by being shown a large pool of examples, and extrapolating from there. A simple, practical kind of neural net learning is facial recognition. Instead of programmers needing to write an extensive set of instructions defining what a face is and isn’t, they can show a neural net thousands of images of faces, and the computer extrapolates from there. You’ve probably seen neural nets doing much less dignified work on Twitter, where they’re a favorite of amateur programmers and jokesters. You can ask a neural net to generate Goop...Read More >
Bookburners continues with the team return to the scene of an old failure . . . and try their best not to repeat their previous mistakes. In 1776 August, we meet the real George Washington. Plus, a new micro story is published for Microfiction Monday!
We wrote a few weeks ago about the glut of sequels, prequels, spinoffs, and reboots at the movies and on TV these days, but this weekend’s film line-up reminded us of another category: the live-action adaptation of an animation classic.
Dead Air begins with a true crime mystery on a college radio show. Bookburners continues with the team preparing for an onslaught of magic. Plus, a new micro story is published for Microfiction Monday!
This week, we’re thinking about science and science fiction, and how the two can feed into each other in excellent ways.
Bookburners continues with a search for a magical artifact. And A Most Dangerous Woman comes to a stunning end in the season finale. Plus, a new micro story is published on our third Microfiction Monday!
Hi readers, Every year, San Diego Comic Con brings a tidal wave of movie and TV announcements, and don’t worry, we’re not going to inundate you further. You can see any trailers you missed here, but we want to look at something different: not the movies and comics being announced and teased, but the full-fledged storytelling happening at Comic Con itself. As Andrew Liptak at The Verge wrote, “By now, San Diego Comic-Con is far more than a series of reveals for high-profile film and television projects and a giant, geek flea market. Over the years, it’s increasingly become home to immersive pop-up activations that bring to life a tiny sliver of a world for fans.” You can read a round-up of all these immersive off-sites here. Sure, these pop-ups are advertisements—isn’t all of Comic Con, when you think about it?—but they’re also very cool ways of approaching storytelling. Liptak wrote about an “activation” promoting The History Channel’s new scripted...Read More >