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I've just been thinking over the fandoms I'm really drawn to, and it occurs to me that one thing they have in common is incredibly intelligent characters: Sherlock Holmes, Miles Vorkosigan, the Doctor, Batman, the Culture's Minds, Q, Agatha Heterodyne, Willow, Toshiko, Romana...

The question is, how does one go about writing characters like that? At the baseline, you've got the ones who are at the top end of human intelligence, and then you're off into the realm of the superintelligences.

I think it was Vernor Vinge who claimed that authors cannot write convincing characters who are smarter than themselves: if you could work out what a really smart person would do in a given situation, then you are as clever as that really smart person.

The problem with this particular point of view is that authors can cheat. )

Any good ones I've missed? Any more caveats on how to deploy those three?
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Title: Amaurot
Author: Arachne Kallisti
Fandom: Star Trek TNG
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Horror, Crack.
Disclaimer: Not mine. Really. Not even slightly.
Warnings: Body-horror and mind-screw.
Summary: The first civilisation to arise in the galaxy left behind an ancient and powerful device. The Borg want it. How far is the crew of the Enterprise prepared to go to stop them?

Author's Notes: Sorry this one took so long. I set myself a couple of tasks here that turned out to be quite difficult for me, specifically a) turning the results of a night of automatic writing under the influence of ginger wine and Grant Morrison into something coherent, and b) making Deanna Troi interesting. Do let me know what you think of the results.

Beta-read by [livejournal.com profile] ignisophis. Contains spoilers for "Q Who", "The Best of Both Worlds", "I, Borg", "Descent", "All Good Things..." and "First Contact".

Chapter 1: A Fragment

Chapter 2: The Wire In The Blood

Chapter 3: Resistance

Chapter 4: A Handful of Dust )
arachnekallisti: (die die die)
How much do I hate C++? Enough that I started making macros again.

I blame all the TNG research I've been doing for Amaurot, and the fact that [livejournal.com profile] the_whybird is a bad influence on me.

Caps by Trekcore and captions by roflbot.

ALL YOUR BORG ARE BELONG TO US - 16 macros under the cut. )
arachnekallisti: (Default)
Title: Amaurot
Author: Arachne Kallisti
Fandom: Star Trek TNG
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Horror, Crack.
Disclaimer: Not mine. Really. Not even slightly.
Warnings: Body-horror, mind-screw, death and despair.
Summary: The first civilisation to arise in the galaxy left behind an ancient and powerful device. The Borg want it. How far is the crew of the Enterprise prepared to go to stop them?
Author's Notes: [livejournal.com profile] chaosdeathfish requested "some exposition and plot and less cryptic bits". I aim to please. Beta-read by [livejournal.com profile] ignisophis. Contains spoilers for "Q Who", "The Best of Both Worlds", "I, Borg", "Descent", "All Good Things..." and "First Contact".

Chapter 1: A Fragment

Chapter 2: The Wire In The Blood

Chapter 3: Resistance )
arachnekallisti: (Default)
Title: Amaurot
Author: Arachne Kallisti
Fandom: Star Trek TNG
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Horror, Crack.
Disclaimer: Not mine. Really. Not even slightly.
Warnings: Body-horror and mind-screw.
Summary: The first civilisation to arise in the galaxy left behind an ancient and powerful device. The Borg want it. How far is the crew of the Enterprise prepared to go to stop them?
Author's Notes: Beta-red by [livejournal.com profile] ignisophis

Chapter 1: A Fragment

Chapter 2: The Wire in the Blood )
arachnekallisti: (Default)
Title: Amaurot
Author: Arachne Kallisti
Fandom: Star Trek TNG
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Horror, Crack.
Disclaimer: Not mine. Really. Not even slightly.
Warnings: This is going to get dark. Body-horror, mind-screw, death and despair.
Summary: The first civilisation to arise in the galaxy left behind an ancient and powerful device. The Borg want it. How far is the crew of the Enterprise prepared to go to stop them?
Author's Notes: Betaed by [livejournal.com profile] ignisophis. Posted because [livejournal.com profile] mejoff wanted it, and so did some random people off the Internet. This is 70% Rule of Cool, 20% Wanting To Be Tanith Lee, and 10% Proper SF. You have been warned.

Chapter 1: A Fragment )

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