Road trips in alternate realities

I have this somewhat self-centered tendency to look at amazing speculative artwork and think how much I would love that to be on the cover of a book I (someday) publish. I'm working on it. 

But holy crap, Simon StÃ¥lenhag's work is so amazing, I want to write a book based on the weirdness that spills out of his paintings. There are wild mecha, enormous rubber ducks, and people roadtripping in landscapes littered with alternative technology. Check out his tumblr and his print store

(I bought a poster of this.)

(I bought a poster of this.)

Map the music

If you were looking for a visual representation of all music on a Cartesian plane, with clickable examples of each genre, or even if you weren't, check out Every Noise.

The calibration is fuzzy, but in general down is more organic, up is more mechanical and electric; left is denser and more atmospheric, right is spikier and bouncier.

I don't know if I would chose the fundamental axes of organicness and density to organize musical genres, but I didn't make the thing, and it's pretty cool regardless.

Income for all (starting with one writer)

There's not a lot of time to act on this if this is the first you're hearing about it, but this story contest has a cool premise and a terrific first prize.

Into the Black is seeking stories based on the idea of a guaranteed basic income - funds provided unconditionally to each citizen to assure all people meet a decent standard of living. Basic income might have sounded like a pipe dream a few years ago (and will still sound like a "handout" to people who are comfortable with other people living in abject poverty) but is being discussed at increasing volumes by economists who wonder what the hell everyone is going to do for a living as automation replaces human workers. 

First prize gets you $12,000, approximately a forty times what a 5000 word story would bring at pro rates in a speculative fiction magazine. [Note: this is not a critique of fiction markets.] But the deadline is November 1, so get scribbling.