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1. Artist of the Day: Émilie Gleason

Discover the art of Émilie Gleason, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day!

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2. Title page...how to do it

Starting to look at title page...want to fit this idea into it somehow.


Like the idea that he runs through the house jumping over (and under things) to tie in with the over /under theme.
Just need to make it sit nicely....so I'll try a few more ways

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3. शिक्षक

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शिक्षक

आज दिन में पौधों को पानी देते हुए मन बना रही थी कि शिक्षक दिवस पर कुछ अच्छा लिखूगी… पर जैसा 15 अगस्त पर हुआ था कुछ ऐसी खबरे आई थी कि जैसा कि वन रैंक वन पैंशन वाले कुछ स्वतंत्रता सेनानियों की पिटाई की गई थी दुख की वजह से स्वतंत्रता दिवस की फील नही आ रही थी. सोचते सोचते दोपहर भी हो गई.

आज भी कुछ ऐसा ही हो रहा है कि शिक्षक दिवस की फील नही आ रही. खैर, पौधो को पानी देते हुए देखा सामने सडक पर काम चल रहा था और एक शिक्षक मजदूर को बहुत भद्दी गाली देते हुए वहां से निकले.मूड तो वैसे ही सही नही था इसलिए कमरें मे टीवी चला लिया … खबर आ रही थी कि हरियाणा के एक स्कूल मे ,अंग्रेजी के अध्यापक को ,अंग्रेजी में जनवरी, फरवरी तक लिखना नही आता और दूसरी खबर दिखा रहे थे यूपी के टीचर की, जिसे पुलिस इसलिए ले जा रही थी क्योकि वो लडकियों के साथ अश्लील हरकते करता पकडा गया था. हंगामा किया गया और पुलिस अध्यापक को पकड कर ले गई.

सामने वाली इमारत में सरकारी अध्यापक ट्यूशन करके खूब पैसे कमा रहे हैं और नतीजा भी उन्ही बच्चों का अच्छा आता है जो टयूशन ले रहे हैं …नही भई … कुछ नही लिखना … बस चुप रहना ही बेहतर लग रहा है अगले साल देखते हैं शायद कुछ अच्छा फील आ जाए तो … !!!

 वैसे शिक्षक दिवस पर गूगल डूडल बेहद आकर्षक है …

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4. Giveaway: Confessions of an Imaginary Friend by Michelle Cuevas (US & Canada Only)

CONFESSIONS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND:

A Memoir by Jacques Papier, as told to Michelle Cuevas 

Illustrator: Michelle Cuevas 

Release Date: September 8, 2015

 

About the Book


Every once in a while there comes along a book that awakens the spirit and magic of childhood in readers of any age. Discover for yourself Michelle Cuevas’s transcendent novel, CONFESSIONS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND: A Memoir by Jacques Papier, (Dial Books for Young Readers: Publication Date: September 8, 2015; hardcover; $16.99; 176 pages with black & white illustrations; Ages 8-12).

This whimsical “faux memoir” is the autobiography of an imaginary friend who doesn’t realize he’s not real. Eight-year-old Jacques Papier has the sneaking suspicion that something is awry, but he thinks that everyone except his sister Fleur ignores him because they hate him. And that’s why no one calls on him when his hand is raised in class, he’s never chosen for sports teams, and his parents often need to be reminded to set a place for him at the dinner table. He’s horrified when he finally learns that he’s actually Fleur’s imaginary friend, and in hopes of literally finding himself, he convinces her to set him free. He embarks on a journey made up of hilarious and heartfelt scenes, finding himself transformed every time he’s assigned to be the imaginary friend to another child. Along the way, he discovers a colorful crew of other imaginaries who help him navigate the ins and outs of life on his own. But will Jacques ever figure out who he’s meant to be?

While CONFESSIONS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND is a fanciful tale written to entertain, it also explores some real-life emotional issues for young readers about what it means to belong and how to know one’s true self. The story will also resonate with adults as it stirs up nostalgic memories of childhood and growing up.

Poignant, inventive, humorous and unforgettable, CONFESSIONS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND is not to be missed this fall. The film rights have already been optioned by 20th Century Fox Animation and foreign rights have been sold in eleven countries. The novel also includes Michelle Cuevas’s charming kid-like line drawings “by Jacques” to illustrate his narrative.



To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE .
 


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Michelle Cuevas graduated from Williams College and holds a master of fine arts in creative writing from the University of Virginia, where she received the Henry Hoyns Fellowship. She has worked in the youth education department at The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and is now a full-time writer.


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One winner will receive a free copy of CONFESSIONS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND. US and Canada.

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5. Building a culture of bravery in writing workshop

In these early days of writing workshop, we work on being brave...

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6. Kids in the Kitchen

Look out! September 13 is National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day! This is a great opportunity to not only highlight some of your collection’s cooking resources, but also feature materials reflecting ethnic diversity. Here are a few ideas to get you started on your display or booktalk:

ChopChop Magazine is full of kid-friendly recipes and information, often featuring ethnically diverse dishes and racially diverse models.

C hopChop: The Kids’ Guide to Cooking Real Food with Your Family by Sally Sampson, brought to you by the same folks who bring you ChopChop Magazine.

The International Cookbook for Kids by Matthew Locricchio includes recipes from around the world, suited for young chefs.

Everybody Cooks Rice, Everybody Bakes Bread, and Everybody Brings Noodles by Norah Dooley introduce different forms of familiar foods, offering a common thread among diverse families.

What Can You Do With a Paleta? by Carmen Tafolla introduces readers to many of the possibilities that lie within a Mexican frozen treat.

Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth by Emily Haynes is a retelling of a classic tale, featuring Hindu god Ganesha , who has a sweet spot for candy.

Cora Cooks Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore tells the story of young Cora, who makes the Filipino dish Pancit (with Mama’s help) for the first time.

Amanda Moss Struckmeyer is a Youth Services Librarian at the Middleton (WI) Public Library. She is a member of the Services to Special Populations and Their Caregivers Committee.

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7. Socks

Here is Henry's latest game:
From in his drawer of socks,
He takes the pairs out, one by one,
And then each pair "unlocks."

As soon as they are pulled apart, 
They're tossed up in the air
Until the floor is covered,
With some blank spots here and there.

Yet once the fun part is complete, 
The learning then begins.
We match the socks to make up pairs
And everybody wins.

The socks end up back in the drawer,
Since clean-up's what we do.
When Henry comes up with a game, 
I have a great time, too.



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8. Philosopher of the month: Hannah Arendt

The OUP Philosophy team have selected Hannah Arendt (4 October 1906- 4 December 1975) as their September Philosopher of the Month. Born into a Jewish German family, Arendt was widely known for her contributions to the field of political theory, writing on the nature of totalitarian states, as well as the resulting byproducts of violence and revolution.

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9. Peggy Lee’s War With Disney Over ‘Lady and the Tramp’

The story of how singer and songwriter Peggy Lee took on one of the world's most powerful entertainment companies -- and won.

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10. Rainer Kirsch (1934-2015)

       (East) German poet Rainer Kirsch has passed away; see, for example, the (German) report at DeutscheWelle.
       Not as well-known in English translation as Sarah, to whom he was married for about a decade, -- amazingly, there doesn't seem to be a single collection of his work published in English -- he was another very important representative of the 'Sächsische Dichterschule' (and student of the influential Georg Maurer) -- along with, among others, Karl Mickel (Einstein), Volker Braun (Rubble Flora), and Heinz Czechowski.

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11. Inspiration Board for This Week’s Topic of OLD

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 Hello fellow artists!

As part of our ongoing efforts to make Illustration Friday more of a community focused on the art of idea generation, here’s our Inspiration Board for this week’s topic of OLD.

You can download, save, drag and drop, print, or do whatever you want with it if it helps you to brainstorm ideas for your illustration.

Let us know in the comments if this is something that you think is helpful or inspiring enough for us to keep doing!

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12. Old


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13. अच्छे दिन बचाओ अभियान

अच्छे दिन बचाओ अभियान

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अच्छे दिन बचाओ अभियान

हे कृष्णा.. !! टोकरी बहुत भारी है और किनारा दिखाई नही पड रहा … कैसे उठाए और कब तक चलू ….. अच्छे दिन आने वाले है ???

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14. Giveaway: Serpentine by Cindy Pon (US & Canada Only)

Serpentine

by Cindy Pon

Release Date: September 8, 2015

 

About the Book


Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell.


When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 

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Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association's Booklist, and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. The sequel to Silver Phoenix, titled Fury of the Phoenix, was released in April 2011. Serpentine, the first title in her next Xia duology, will be published by Month9Books in September 2015. She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade. Visit her website at www.cindypon.com.

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Note to readers:

If you pre-order by September 7th, you will still receive a brush art card
with every Serpentine copy purchased. These books will be signed and
can also be personalized upon request when you order online.


Thank you for supporting my favorite local indie, Mysterious Galaxy Books!

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One winner will receive a signed & personalized copy of Serpentine and four of my brush art cards. US & Canada only.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: Who does our heroine, Skybright, share her first kiss with? Find out here.

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15. इंद्राणी

इंद्राणी और रक्तदान

इंद्राणी की जितनी तारीफ करुं कम है बहुत ही भली हैं वो. उन जैसी बहुत कम देखने को मिलती हैं वैसे, मेरी उनसे, बहुत साल पहले, बस एक बार ही, फोन पर ही बात हुई थी. नकारात्मक होते हुए भी बहुत सकारात्मक सोच है उनकी. हां भई इंद्राणी की ही बात कर रही हूं अरे !! आप इतना हैरान परेशान किसलिए दिखाई दे रहे हैं… माथे पर बल भी हैं… ओ एक मिनट एक मिनट… कही आप इंद्राणी मुखर्जी का तो नही सोच रहे. हे भगवान !! क्या दुनिया में एक ही इंद्राणी रह गई क्या.

असल में, आज सुबह मेरी सहेली मणि का फोन आया कि किसी नेगेटिव व्यक्ति को जानती हूं मैने कहा अरे भई, सुबह सुबह अच्छा बोलो अच्छा सकारात्मक सोचो ये नेगेटिव किसलिए. तब वो बोली अरे नेगेटिव ब्लड ग्रुप के ब्लड की जरुरत है … ओह … तो ऐसा बोलो ना !! मैनें तुरंत फोन धुमाया एक दो से बात की और फिर इंद्राणी जैन से बात की. उसका नेगेटिव ब्लड ग्रुप है .. वो तुरंत ब्लड दे आई और मरीज की जान बच गई. देखा.. है ना इंद्राणी अच्छी .. !! और आप है कि … बाहर निकलिए जनाब शीना इंद्राणी चक्रव्यूह से… 

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16. Station Eleven is Reddit Book Club’s Latest Pick

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17. Portobello Beach

We decided to take a small road trip while the weather is nice to Portobello Beach.

It's a 30 minute bus trip north east out of town to find the sea. Like a mini-vacation!
The air smelled like salt and seaweed.
There's a promenade which borders most of it.
It's surprisingly residential and not at all commercial. But families played in the sand and dogs ran with complete abandon everywhere.
It was truly beautiful and so relaxing.
     For lunch, we ate at The Espy, which we'd both heard good things about.
We were worried at first as we arrived a bit early and they hadn't completed typing up the specials menu. The main menu was mostly hamburgers (including a haggis hamburger) - not what we were hoping for. But then the specials menu came out and... oh, my!
     Stan had a fish pie (I've finally had fish pie - delicious!) and I had the tiger prawns:
What a lovely day, just a bus ride away! And ironically, we popped into a hardware store while waiting for the bus and ran into a new SCBWI friend, Louise Kelly. Talk about a small world! But that's what we're learning about Edinburgh... even at what feels like a world away (the beach), it's still a small town and you run into people you know. I love that!
     We hope to return next weekend for an art walk (weather depending), so more on Portobello soon!

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18. Image Comics Month-to Month Sales: July 2015 – The Walking On Guard Saga

Yes, that's right: Image. I know I usually do the DC Comics sales summaries here at The Beat, but while Heidi looks for someone to step in and handle the Indy comics chart I volunteered to do a column focusing on Image. With around seventy titles each month they're about as large (titles-wise) as Marvel or DC, so I figure they should have their own column, yes? Warning: The commentary may be even more mis-informed than usual...

The important thing to remember when looking at Image's sales numbers is that they're not really playing the same game as other comics companies. My understanding (and I'm sure you'll all correct me if I'm wrong in the comments below...) is that Image charges a flat fee for producing, listing and distributing comics, so that after that fee and the printing costs, whatever is left over goes directly to whoever supplied the comic. (This may be different for the official Image partners...)

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19. Happy Birthday, Kate Constable!

Today, September 5, is the birthday of some writers I greatly admire. Two of them who are no longer with us are Arthur Koestler(The Gladiators, Darkness At Noon, The Thirteenth Tribe, etc.) The other is Frank Yerby, author of many historical romances, some of them made into Hollywood movies.

But today I want to wish a happy birthday to a wonderful Melbourne writer whom I have actually met - Kate Constable(At Allen and Unwin parties and, I think, State Library events).

I first discovered her writing through her Chanters Of Tremaris trilogy, which were the sort of fiction which I, as a teacher-librarian, would recommend to kids who had enjoyed Tamora Pierce's fiction. For some reason, I had mostly boys reading that trilogy - the sort of boys who had read and enjoyed Garth Nix's Old Kingdom novels and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy.  There was a sort of sequel to the trilogy, The Taste Of Lightning. The world building in this series was great and the ending ... Well, I won't tell you, because spoilers.



But after these, she started writing some Australian-themed fiction for a younger audience. Two of them are time slip novels - Crow Country and Cicada Summer, both wonderful. 


The girls at my school were discovering those by word of mouth. There were also some Girlfriend Fiction novels for them to enjoy, my favourite being the very funny Dear Swoosie, which she wrote with Penni Russon.



More recently, there was New Guinea Moon, which was a CBCA shortlist book.

Kate is a wonderfully versatile writer who deserves to do well. I hope he has been having a fabulous day - it was warmer and sunnier than my own birthday on September 3. Happy birthday, Kate! 

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20. Fiction Gets Schooled: INFOGRAPHIC

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21. Palanca Awards

       They've announced the winners of the 65th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards in the Philippines -- selected from 895 entries in 22 categories.
       The English-language novel grand prize went to All My Lonely Islands by Victorette Joy Z. Campilan, while the Filipino nobela grand prize went to Toto O. by Charmaine Mercader Lasar.

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22. Peggy Lee’s War With Disney Over ‘Lady and the Tramp’

The story of how pop star Peggy Lee took on one of the world's most powerful entertainment companies -- and won.

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23. Best Selling Kids Series | September 2015

This month's best selling kids series from The Children's Book Review's affiliate store is great for highlighting a glass-half-full outlook.

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24. Books Your Kids Will Love: Discover the Most Awaited Children's and YA Books for Fall 2015


 Even if your kids love to read their favorite books over and over, it's almost fall and time to discover some wonderful new titles. Publishers Weekly's choices for most anticipated children's and young adult (YA) books for fall highlight many good reads you and your kids are certain to enjoy.Their picks include new books from the beloved children's authors Dave Kinney, Audrey and Don Wood, Philip and Erin Stead, and Katherine Applegate, to name a few.

I'm looking forward to these new books that they've highlighted:



 Here's What PW Says:

The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt, illus. by Oliver Jeffers (Philomel, Aug.) - Daywalt and Jeffers’s The Day the Crayons Quit has been a stalwart on bestseller lists since it was published in 2013. This very funny follow-up sees the crayons writing postcards to their young owner after being left out of town on vacation, lost within the sofa, or otherwise abused.

The Full Moon at the Napping House by Audrey Wood and Don Wood (HMH, Sept.) - More than 30 years after the publication of bedtime favorite The Napping House, this husband-and-wife team takes readers back to a dwelling, where a certain granny, boy, dog, and cat are having trouble falling asleep under the light of an enormous moon.

Lenny and Lucy by Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead (Roaring Brook/Porter, Oct.) - The Steads made a name for themselves with the Caldecott Medal–winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee and have been accumulating accolades ever since. Their latest tells of a boy who creates a pair of protector-companions as he adjusts to his new home.

Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett, illus. by Christian Robinson (Chronicle, Aug.) - Who says ghosts don’t have feelings? Not Barnett and Robinson, whose “ghost story” is alternately funny, sad, and sweet as a lonesome spirit named Leo tries to make a connection that doesn’t leave the other party fleeing in terror.

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate (Feiwel and Friends, Sept.) - Applegate is back with her first middle-grade novel since The One and Only Ivan, which won the 2013 Newbery Medal. In this equally sensitive story, fifth-grader Jackson worries that the reappearance of his childhood imaginary friend portends the return of problems for his family, too.

Visit PW for more listings.  Happy reading!

What are your picks for the most exciting children's books coming this fall? Please share your choices below.

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25. Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson


To make Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora make sense, I had to imagine a metafictional frame for it.

The novel tells the story of a generation starship sent in the year 2545 from the Solar System to Tau Ceti. It begins toward the end of the journey, as the ship approaches its destination and eventually sends a landing party to a planet they name Aurora. The narrator, we quickly learn, is the ship's artificial intelligence system, which for various reasons is learning to tell stories, a process that, among other things, helps it sort through and make sense of details. This conceit furthers Robinson's interest in exposition, an interest apparent at least since the Mars trilogy and explicit in 2312. As a writer, he seems most at home narrating scientific processes and describing the features of landscapes, which does not always lead to the most dynamic prose or storytelling, and he seems to have realized this and adjusted to make his writerly strengths into, if not his books' whole reason for being, then a meaningful feature of their structure. I didn't personally care for 2312 much, but I thought it brilliantly melded the aspirations of both Hugo Gernsback and John W. Campbell for science fiction in the way that it offered explicit, even pedagogical, passages of exposition with bits of adventure story and scientific romance.

What soon struck me while reading Aurora was that aside from the interstellar travel, it did not at all seem to be a novel about human beings more than 500 years in the future. The AI is said to be a quantum computer, and it is certainly beyond current computer technology, but it doesn't seem breathtakingly different from the bleeding edges of current technology. Medical knowledge seems mostly consistent with current medical knowledge, as does knowledge of most other scientific fields. People still wear eyeglasses, and their "wristbands" are smartwatches. Historical and cultural references are to things we know rather than to much of anything that's happened between 2015 and 2545 (or later — the ship's population seems to have developed no culture of their own). The English language is that of today. Social values are consistent with average bourgeois heterosexual American social values.

500 years is a lot of time. Think about the year 1515. Thomas More started writing Utopia, which would be published the next year. Martin Luther's 95 Theses were two years away. The rifle wouldn't be invented for five more years. Copernicus had just begun thinking about his heliocentric theory of the universe. The first iterations of the germ theory of disease were thirty years away. The births of Shakespeare and Galileo were 49 years in the future. Isaac Newton wouldn't be born until the middle of the next century.

Aurora offers nothing comparable to the changes in human life and knowledge from 1515 to 2015 except for the space ship. The world of the novel seems to have been put on pause from now till the launch of the ship.

How to make sense of this? That's where my metafictional frame comes in. One of the stories Aurora tells is the rise to consciousness of the AI narrator. Telling stories seems to be good for its processors. Much of the book is quite explicitly presented as a novel by the AI — an AI learning to write a novel. Of course, within the story, it's not a novel (a work of fiction) but rather a work of history. Still, as it makes clear, the shaping of historical material into a narrative has at least as much to do with fiction as it does with history.

It's easy to go one step further, then, and imagine that the "actual" history of the AI's world is outside the text. The text is what the AI has written. The text could be fiction.

It could, for instance, be a novel written by an AI that survived the near-future death of humanity, or at least the death of human civilization.

What if the "actual" year of the novel is not near the year 3000, but rather somewhere around 2050. Global warming, wars, famine, etc. could have reduced humanity to nearly nothing just at the moment computer technology advanced enough to bring about a quantum computer capable of developing consciousness and writing a novel. What sort of novel might an AI learn to write? Why not a story about a heroic AI saving a group of humans trapped on a generation ship? An AI that helps bring those humans home after their interstellar quest proves impossible. An AI that, in the end, sacrifices itself for the good of its people.

This helps explain the change of narrators, too. At the end of Book 6, the ship has returned the humans to Earth and then accelerates on toward the sun, where, we learn later, it burns up. Book 7 is a traditional third-person narrative. This is a jarring point of view shift if the AI actually burned up in the sun. (And how did its narrative get saved? There's some mention of the computer of the ferry to Earth having been able to copy the ship AI, though also mention that such a copy would be different from the original because of the nature of quantum computing.)

But if we assume that the AI narrator is still the narrator, then Book 7 is the triumph of the computer's storytelling, for Book 7 is the moment where the AI gets to disappear into the narration.

Wouldn't it be fun for an AI to speculate about all the possible technological developments over 500 years? Perhaps, but only if its goal was to write a speculative story. It might have a more immediate goal, one that would require a somewhat different story. It might be writing not to entertain or to offer scientific dreams, but to provide knowledge and caution for the few survivors of the crash of humanity.

Book 7 tells us to value the Earth, our only possible home. It shows a human being who has never been to Earth coming to it and learning how to love it. The moment is religious in its implications: the human being (our protagonist, Freya) is born again. Just as the AI is born again into the narration, so Freya is born into Earthbound humanity. There is hope, but the hope relies on living in harmony with the only possible planet for humans.

The descendants of the last remnants of humanity, scrambling for a reason to survive on a planet their ancestors battered and burned, might benefit from such a tale. (Also: One of the implicit messages of the story is: Trust the AI. The AI is your friend and savior.)

Viewed this way, Aurora coheres, and its speculative failures make sense. It is a tale imagined by a computer that has learned to tell stories, a cautionary fairy tale aimed perhaps at the few remaining people from a species that destroyed its only world.

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