Our Love is Here to Stay? (Charlie Tiptree Book 2)
The Lovecraftian influence is buried pretty deep in Half-Life —perhaps you can spot it in the sense we try to create of mankind being a tiny speck in a vast cosmos. The most Lovecraftian passage is probably Dr. You have also mentioned Philip K. Dick as an inspiration.
The success of Half-Life has led to sequels, expansions, and a popular spin-off: Portal. The learning runs in all ways at once. We share people freely between projects, so lessons learned on one team quickly percolate through into others. We also learn from the fan community, which picks up our tools and runs off to make its own games with them. In some cases, we bring those people into the company, sharing what we know, while gaining a continual infusion of freshness, creativity, innovation. With pretty much every game we make, I can see specific things that might be applied to Half-Life.
The dynamic narrative tricks and replayability of Left 4 Dead are tremendously exciting to me. You have also published dozens of short stories including collaborations with Gregory Benford and Rudy Rucker. After a lull, you have published several stories in the last few years. What inspired the sudden resurgence? Can we expect more short fiction from you soon? Is it possible a new novel is in the works?
I never really stopped writing short stories, it just takes them a long time to get into print. I have stopped writing novels, however. The concentrated energy that a book requires seems to be very similar to the work that goes into making a game. This is more or less what I hoped would happen. The Orchid Eater and The 37th Mandala were books I had wanted to write for a long time; I carried them around in my mind and they grew and grew until I managed to get them down on paper. This is one of the ways I keep my tools sharp for game writing, too. Recently Rudy Rucker talked me into running a chapter of one of my incubating novels in Flurb and working over the chapter got me thinking about the book again.
The idea for God Mode was conceived when I was about to get into the game industry, so in some ways it is harder to write now because I know too much, and the industry has changed dramatically, so my extrapolative SF concepts now seem rather tame.
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The core idea is still strong, but everything around it needs drastic rethinking. Where did Gordon Freeman pick up his combat skills? It is established canon that he built a tennis ball cannon when he was a kid. In a world of fast-talking heroes, Gordon remains the strong silent type.
He also manages to woo Alyx, even though only terrible things happen to her when he is around. Was a side effect of the resonance cascade that it gave him more mojo than any theoretical physicist on the planet? Of course, every player of Gordon has their own personal relationship with Alyx. There is no question though that some of our fans have developed strong feelings for Alyx, and are waiting to see how that relationship plays out. We are well aware that expectations are high. What advice would you give to aspiring video game writers and designers? How does one break in to this competitive industry?
The best advice for someone who wants to be a writer is to write. Similarly, the best advice for someone who wants to write for games is to write for games. A good game, even the smallest indy game created by one or two people, can gain plenty of attention and devoted fans. I went on a one-month rage of just cutting everything I had. I remember at a certain point I started cutting coffee-table books.
Affective proximity is a thing that happens when two things come together. Certain things seek to be next to other things. When I would flip through these books, I would see an image, which was demanding to be emancipated from the context in which it found itself and placed next to where it was supposed to go. It was like the levy broke and I just started cutting everything up. For every Michael Jordan, almost everybody can tell you ten people who would wipe his ass on the basketball floor.
Three Time Widow (Sally Darke Book 1)
As well as music, I also wanted to talk about architecture, with which you began your career, but you decided not to pursue. Can you tell us a bit about this transition from architecture, becoming a conceptualist and taking an interest in immaterial things? Black people being human beings was a big conceptual project. The publisher Paul Coates once said that enslaved Black people had to work from sunup to sundown. There was no moment to have a break. When the sun has gone done, there was this brief moment before you had to feed yourself, take care of whatever you had to take care of, and then you had to get to sleep.
It was life or death getting to sleep. There was no messing around. You had to get to sleep. They imagined me sitting here at a microphone having a conversation with a European about a book. You know, a dead Black person, conceptually, is alive. Our relationship to ego and working together is different. We have to work towards that. I made a piece called APEX , which came as a result of stopping making physical books, when this whole practice of organising images basically migrated to my computer.
I had this file called APEX that I was just obsessively calibrating, putting new images in, changing the order, colour-correcting them. Then one night, Malik Hassan Sayeed and Kahlil Joseph called me and asked me to come out to the studio. This is what I call passing back and forth between one another. This is also part of your practice, working together with lots of different people, for example the structure of TNEG.
Could you elaborate on this? Malik was the first person I ever met who heard me in a certain kind of way. Malik was the first filmmaker who truly heard me. This goes back to the Paul Coates thing. You imagine things in exchange with people. In a sense, I think TNEG initially grew out of a kind of feedback loop that Malik and I had around this idea of the way forward for cinema, for Black cinema first of all but cinema period: how do we concretely fold in the cultural, expressive and spiritual imperatives of Black people into this particular apparatus of cinema?
TNEG grew directly out of our exchange, which is both aesthetic and technical. We were going in a circle for a long time and we always knew we needed a third partner. And then Elissa Blount Moorhead sort of happened. Everything is totally bound up with having achieved this triad. By a thing, I mean we want to be emanations of culture. We want to be actual phenomena. What happens when the Black phenomenon manifests itself in cinema? It always happens in discourse, in relation, in exchange.
Yesterday, as part of the Art Basel Miami conversation I did with Claudia Rankine and Glen Ligon, Claudia talked about her Racial Imaginary Institute and the necessity of creating a feedback loop, of creating a self-organised structure.
She also talked about what she calls a state of emergency. How do you see that current state of emergency and the idea of a manifesto? This refers back to that problem of the gaze. I had a Yoruba reading done about who I was, my personality, and what I was here to do. Meaning that inside of the continuum, you were put here to do a very specific kind of thing. In the African tradition, the myth of the griot goes something like this.
There were two brothers who were taking a long voyage, an epic quest that had left them exhausted and they were about to return home. The brother who had walked forward at a certain point felt bad. He came back and saw his brother lying on the side of the road. He knew what was happening, so what he did was stop, took a knife, and cut his calf off.
He took his calf and he put it over the fire and cooked it up. I found food. You can eat. You can eat and you can get your strength back. Everybody was happy to see them, but when the people realised what had happened they ran away in horror. And their sons and their daughters will sing the praises of their sons and their daughters.
They put their bodies in trees and let the maggots eat them. This is because griots have this complicated relationship to the community at large. When I saw my brother crash his bicycle through a plate of glass and cut his leg, with white flesh open, I stared at it. Notes: on Jonathan Daniels and Raymond Moley's political publications. Notes: "Property and Freedom" on Hotel Seymour letterhead.
Notes: quotations of Joyce and Yeats; "Notes on the Times". Notes: "quotations of a paranoid schizophrene". Notes: on Estes Kefauver copy, original restricted access.
Poetry: "Apropos of Now", "Award of Merit". Poetry: "In Dearness of the Open Night". Poetry: "Loud Cry of Leprosy". Poetry: "Song of a Baby's Night". Poetry: "Us-ness", "Beetle", notes on Russia Story: "Melpomene Great Goddess". Story: "Varied Are the Lemmings". Story: "Who Chase the Unicorn". Story: "about a perfect murderer". Story: "Carla "manuscript fragment. Story: "Conversation in a Mirror".
Story: "Out of This World" manuscript. Story: "Out of This World "work plan. Story: "The Incubator Murders". Story: "The Long Night", signed as by A. Story: "The Secret Egg" draft 1. Story: "The Secret Egg" draft 2. Story: untitled - fragment in the snow on a path beside a railroad embankment. Story: untitled - fragment with character Colonel DeSoto. Story: untitled - fragment with characters Frederick and Angela Snyder.
Story: untitled - fragment with characters McNulty, Durand, Werner. Story: untitled - outline of a "round" story. Story: untitled - about "the greatest power in the world". Story: untitled - about a dear John letter. Story: untitled - about a dear John letter, rejected pages. Story: untitled - material for a space opera. Story: "Go From Me" manuscript. Story: Imaginary America of the Future, Chapter 1. Story: Imaginary America of the Future, Chapter 2. Story: Imaginary America of the Future, Chapter 3.
Story: Imaginary America of the Future, Chapter 3, cont. Story: Imaginary America of the Future, Chapter 4. Story: Imaginary America of the Future, Chapter 5. Story: Imaginary America of the Future, Chapter 6. Story: Imaginary America of the Future, Chapter 6, cont. Story: Imaginary America of the Future, fanatic speech. Story: Imaginary America of the Future, planning, characters. Story: Imaginary America of the Future, prehistory. Story: Imaginary America of the Future, rejected pages F.
Story: Imaginary America of the Future, rejected pages Mile's job in store. Story: W. Horge - Episodes p. Horge - "Old Horge stuff - junk". Horge - "Old Horge stuff - junk" cont. Horge - "Old Horge Stuff" planning notes, excerpts. Subseries C: Self-analysis, diaries, appointment books, notes.
Diary: Composition book pages musing on school years. Diary: Composition book with scattered erotic notes. Diary: "Plan the first 25 years of life". Notes: musing on death, love, excess, etc. Notes: "Personal death does not exist", message in format of telegram, song list. Diary: with "discussion on suicide". Diary: "Diary of a Whistling Girl". Diary: application and acceptance to OCS. Diary: service in the WAAC, pocket diary. Notes: love letter to "Dearest Pussy". Diary: "Letters To My Sister", small bound 4x5 diary. Diary: from "Letters To My Sister". Diary: on work for undergraduate degree in psychology.
Notes: Operational self Analysis. Diary: Yucatan 3x5 spiral notebook, 4 business cards. Diary: notes, copy of letter to Alfie. Diary re hand surgery, stories, Yucatan. Diary: with notes, correspondence for Dr. Robert Harper, therapist. Notes: for Dr. Robert Harper re Ting's alcoholism. Notes: on Marion Buchanan's death. Diary: Going Ungently Down, part 1 hand written. Diary: Going Ungently Down, part 2.
Diary: Going Ungently Down, part 1 retyped. Diary: The fall Mary died and Tiptree was unmasked. Notes: Alice Sheldon's notes on her mother's estate dispersal. Diary: in Yucatan, story ideas, health. Diary: Note on scene at hospital over drug prescriptions. Diary: on recognition of inevitability of death, plot ideas.
Notes: on meeting suffragette, Gus Tyler, David Dubinsky, etc. Diary: Huntington Sheldon's diary of trips to the Lodge. Subseries D: Mary Bradley's Career. Letters in French from a friend in the Belgian Congo. Alice Dickey's announcements of Mary Bradley's lectures. Announcements of Mary Bradley's lectures. List of publications and lectures. Biography drafts, description of home, picture. Newspaper human interest articles. Envelopes from Herbert and to the publisher Harold Ober. Citations and reviews from Original fragile clippings for Box 13 folders 10 and Subseries E: Memorabilia and Miscellaneous.
Memorabilia: Andrebrook Literary Highlights. Memorabilia: Alice Bradley's Andrebrook Diploma. Memorabilia: Alice Bradley's society clippings. Memorabilia: Alice Sheldon's bulletin board and desk copies of clippings. Memorabilia: Alice Sheldon's bulletin board and desk notes and sketches. Miscellaneous: Atomic power newspaper clippings. Miscellaneous: Medlicott-Tate Family History. Miscellaneous: New York University bursar's receipt. Miscellaneous: School notebook of Victor Hugo quotes. Book: "Marcel Proust" lecture by Henri C. David, inscribed. Book: "Genius" by Edmund Clarence Stedman.
Memorabilia: Address stamp for James Tiptree, Jr. Memorabilia: Deck of cards titled Votes for Women. Memorabilia: Embosser for A. Memorabilia: Embossing plate for A. Memorabilia: Nazi Iron Cross 1st class medal. Memorabilia: Nazi Honor Roll Luftwaffe clasp medal. Alice Bradley art, years old. Chicago Sun Notebook: articles, correspondence. Chicago Sun Notebook: War Posters, correspondence, proposal. Chicago Sun Notebook: speech given to a "commie front organization". Chicago Sun Notebook: speech on "a brief history of Chicago art". Figures workbook, perception 1. Figures workbook, perception 2.
Figures workbook, perception 3. Figures workbook, perception 4. Figures workbook, perception 5. Figures workbook, perception 6. Figures workbook, perception 7. WAC: Marriage announcement, orders, map of Paris. WAC: correspondence regarding pay. WAAC: Pamphlets on separation from the service. Subseries B: Cartography maps, publications, photos, correspondence. German Photo Reconnaissance Status report, part German Photo Reconnaissance Status report, part 4.
German Photo Reconnaissance Status report, part 4 cont. German Photo Reconnaissance Status report, part 5. German Photo Reconnaissance Status report, part 6, I a. German Photo Reconnaissance Status report, part 6, I b.
German Photo Reconnaissance Status report, part 6, I c. German Photo Reconnaissance Status report, part 6, I d. German Photo Reconnaissance Status report, part 6, I e. German Photo Reconnaissance Status report, part 6, I f. German Photo Reconnaissance Status report, part 6, I g. German Photo Reconnaissance Status report, part 6, I h.
German Photo Reconnaissance Status report, part 6, I i. German Photo Reconnaissance Status report, part 6, I j. German Photo Reconnaissance Status report, part 6, I k. German Photo Reconnaissance Status report, part 6, V. Notes, materials on German Photo Reconnaissance. Field reports on German Photo Reconnaissance. German prisoner of war statements. Huntington D. Sheldon's German language notebook. Photo Industrial Study No. Royal 2 copies. Subseries A: Analysis papers and training. Topics for Analysis notebook 1. Topics for Analysis notebook 2.
Agenda for presentation on Intelligence and photography. Africa, British colonial administrative structure. Africa, French and Belgian, class notes. Africa, south of the Sahara, Dr. Paul Henri, class notes. Africa, British and Portuguese, class notes. Africa, class notes with small drawings, doodles. Africa, class notes, miscellaneous. Africa, MauMau lecture by Norman Hubbard, class notes. Africa, Central Africa Federation, Portugal colonies, class notes. Africa, language problems, class notes. Africa, culture and Peoples, class notes.
Africa in Contemporary Politics, class notes. Notebook Section 2: drafts and notes on Africa papers. Notebook Section 3: references, notes, miscellaneous. Africa, Economical Trends and Potentialities, class notes. Indonesia Project Study notes, manuscript 1. Indonesia Project Study notes, manuscript 2. Communist mass organizations and fronts, notes, manuscript 1. Communist mass organizations and fronts, notes, manuscript 2. Communist mass organizations and fronts, notes, manuscript 3.
Miscellaneous Information Dispatches. Subseries B: Covert Methodology. Training materials with revision notes. Operational Intelligence Manual, proposal memo. Draft Operational Intelligence Manual Ch. Draft Operational Intelligence Manual Ch2, 3, 4. Notes for draft Operational Intelligence Manual. Correspondence: Prillaman to Alice Sheldon. Washington Post article on the Pentagon. Subseries C: Photo Interpretation. Course materials for Industrial Photo Intelligence. How to Teach Industrial Photo Intelligence. Eight photos for Industrial Photo Intelligence class. Materials for Basic Industrial Photo Interpretation course.
Optical Illusions, misleading drawings. Materials for Basic Scale Problems class, 6 photos. List of illustrations for manual. Visual Orientation Test, 5 photos. Basic Photo Interpretation Recognition Test with aerial photo. Subseries A: Coursework. Psychology 1A outline, notebook, exams. Notes and Digests 1 miscellaneous. Notes on Arnheim's course Art and Visual Perception 1. Notes on Arnheim's course Art and Visual Perception 2. Notes, papers Writing the Experimental Report.
Psychology, poems and essays by Melvin Harper and Charles Johnson, grade 5. Psychology Research Methods and Procedures notes 1. Psychology Research Methods and Procedures notes 2. Psychology Research Methods and Procedures notes 3. Psychology Research Methods and Procedures notes 4. Notes from Clinical Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence. German for Psychology, notes, letter to Richard Walk. Notes, miscellaneous psychology. Subseries B: Correspondence.
Allport, F. Arnheim, Rudolf; re Sarah Lawrence Convocation speeches. Arnheim, Rudolf; art show commentary by Arnheim. Arnheim, Rudolf; his "Intelligence Simulated". Arnheim, Rudolf; manuscript Ch. XI of Visual thinking. Arnheim, Rudolf; re writing science fiction. Arnheim, Rudolf; Psychology Today interview of Arnheim. Attneave, Fred; notes, bibliography, reprints. Bray, Richard; reappointment as lecturer in psych. Bright, Harold F. Estes, W. George Washington Univ. Kappa Kappa Gamma tea invitation. Hunt, J. Marler, Peter; and journal American Psychologist. Murray, Michele re Arnheim review.
Nagler, Benedict; three papers on Art and the Mentally Ill. Reichstein, Rosalind; former student. Schubert, Daniel S. Solomon, Richard re dissertation. Transpersonal Psychology program for The Fifth International conference. University of Nebraska Press, reprint. VanDerSlice re the psychology of value in visual art. Walk, Richard re dissertation. Wallach, Hans; re dissertation. Welker, Wallace I. Wynne-Edwards, V. Paper on Allport's Event Structure Theory. Notes and paper on Allport's Event Structure Theory.
Notes on D. MacKay visual phenomena with patterned stimulation. Three applications for grants, notes. Essay "Social Psychology Misperceives Perception". Richard Walk's reprints on pattern and depth perception, notes. Psychophysics of form, visual perception notes 1. Psychophysics of form, visual perception notes 2. Draft and notes on Visual Association Effects 1. Draft and notes on Visual Association Effects 2. Miscellaneous notes on Novelty. Drawings of Visual Cliff for D. Paper "Introduction to the Psychophysics of Form". Analysis of Figural Stimuli Notebook, 2 manuscript.
Analysis of Figural Stimuli Notebook, 3 manuscript cont. Analysis of Figural Stimuli Notebook, 4 notes. Analysis of Figural Stimuli Notebook, 5 first draft manuscript. Concepts of Exploratory Behavior Notebook 1. Concepts of Exploratory Behavior Notebook 2. Novelty notebook 1 Stimulus. Novelty notebook 2 Response. Novelty notebook 3 Experiment Ideas. Novelty notebook 4 Miscellaneous. Notes, paper on Dimensions of Novelty 1. Notes, paper on Dimensions of Novelty 2. Milne, A.
McFarling dissertation abstract educational psychology. Bruml, H. Paper on Experiment I and Replication. Drawings from envelope labeled "Moveable Bits". Drawings of Directional Figures. Drawings of Phomenal Gradients. Drawings of Redundancy Field a. Drawings of Redundancy Field b. Drawings titled "Familiarity in Art". Drawings titled "Thigmotaxic Responses". A short Bibliography on Cybernetics and Information Theory.
Exam for unidentified psychology class. Sheldon's notes, exam questions on 2 lectures on her experiments. Historical Intro to Modern Psychology syllabus, miscellaneous. Historical Introduction to Modern Psychology notes 1. Historical Introduction to Modern Psychology notes 2. Psychology 3 handouts, note on grading. Exams, notes of Educational Psychology class. Montessori materials, correspondence Lena Gitter for Educational Psychology class.
News paper articles for Educational Psychology class. Notes, exams, materials for Educational Psychology class. Technology in education materials. Student evaluation of Sheldon's Educational Psychology class. Notes for Educational Psychology on 3x5 cards. Subseries E: Dissertation. Photos of experiments and apparatus.
Illustrations, graphs, drawings. Photos and negatives of rats at play. Manuscript printed on yellow card stock. As presented at exam, abstract, review notes. As published in Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology, manuscript. Subseries F: Publications and manuscripts. Publication: Sheldon's review of Arnheim's "Visual Thinking", proof copy. Publication: "Preference for familiar stimulation…" correspondence, manuscript.
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Manuscript: "The Human Male" manuscript Ch. Manuscript: "The Human Male" manuscript notes. Found in an SF Bottle" poem as Raccoona. Cold Hill Side". Ain", correspondence Frederik Pohl, manuscript. Ain" with Ramshorn Pl return address, manuscript. Ain", correspondence Harry Harrison, manuscript. Ain", correspondence Martin Greenberg, James Gunn. Blurb for Judith Moffett's "Pennterra".
Introduction to Philip K. Dick book, correspondence. Review of "KAYO", manuscript, correspondence. Review of "The Lathe of Heaven". Unpublished: untitled "Hebridean story, letter to Frederik Pohl, map, notes. Unpublished: untitled "Hebridean story, manuscript. Manuscript: fragment "Old Ernst Stuff". Manuscript: fragments, characters Miles, Ernst, Vogel. Manuscript: fragments, characters Miles, Ernst. Manuscript and other professional solicitations A-O.
Manuscript and other professional solicitations P-W. Rejection slips for unspecified manuscripts. American Civil Liberties Union. American Friends Service Committee. Anderson, Susan Janice re Sheldon identity. Asimov's Speculations, Alice Laurance. Baen, James editor of Galaxy, IF. Barbour, Douglas re Le Guin and review of Tiptree's work. Battin, Margaret Pabst re fan letter from Tiptree. Benford, Gregory discussion of fantasy and science fiction. Bennett, Carol re "The Screwfly Solution". Bester, Alfred; revealing Sheldon identity.
Bob and Mimi re biography requests. Bowling Green University, Ray Browne. Brennert, Alan re his review of "10, Light Years…". Brown, Charles; biography of biggest thrill of Ali's life.