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Author’s Note 3: Microfic, Gaming, Sohu

Interlude ח is now up.

Relevant Wikipedia articles for the past few chapters: Comet West, the Kaifeng Jews, Had Gadya, the Gale-Shapley algorithm, John Dee, Enochian language, location arithmetic, Metatron, Raziel, Samyazaz, the Watcher Angels, the Golden Gate in Jerusalem, Coit Tower (and the eye mural within), non-overlapping magisteria, Isaac Bashevis Singer, the Avgad cipher, the Terracotta Army, “only Nixon can go to China”, Whinfield’s Rubaiyat.

Gadit (@thetransintransgenic) is “microficcing the Omer”, ie writing a new Unsong micro-fanfic for each of the forty-nine days between Passover and Shavuot. She hasn’t quite kept to the schedule, but you can read what she’s got here. I’ve helped with this one and this one, which you can consider canon if you want (the others probably don’t fit). The sudden inclusion of transfemale angel Gadiriel is not a deliberate Gadit homage, but you’re welcome to think of it as a sort of unintentional kabbalistic cameo if you want.

Mellonbread is developing an Unsong tabletop RPG.

75thTrombone is working on a sort of index of relevant facts which might get transferred to a wiki at some point.

My girlfriend Eloise has made some really amazing Sohu fan art. And here’s a sketch of Uriel by @responsible-reanimation.

The Unsong podcast is back in business.

If you’re interested in more discussion and fan art, you may want to go to the subreddit.

Astro Teller, grandson of Edward Teller, who was mentioned in the last Author’s Note, has gone on the record to state that fear of intelligent computers is overblown. Note also the name of the reporter conducting the interview. This is not a coincidence because nothing is ever a coincidence.

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