With viral memes and hashtags sweeping the internet on the daily, language is evolving faster than conventional dictionaries can keep up. You may have been “procrastatweeting” about the “popepocalypse” last week, but the stalwart publishers of the Oxford English won’t give your neologisms official recognition for…
Max Barry's book Lexicon was voted fourth best science fiction novel of the year by Goodreads, and now he's put together a (mostly serious) list of steps you'll want to take to become a writer of great science fiction.
In September, the io9 book club read Max Barry's Lexicon. Today from 2:00-3:00 PDT, Barry is here all the way from Australia to chat with you! Ask him about Lexicon, or about self-publishing his novel Machine Man, or why Jennifer Government is the greatest government shutdown novel ever.
In September, the io9 Book Club is reading Max Barry's futuristic thriller Lexicon. We'll meet September 24 to discuss it, and we hope Barry will join us later that week for a chat!
Max Barry’s 2003 novel Jennifer Government was a spectacular, and terrifyingly possible, near-future dystopia of corporate overreach and government impotence. And his latest novel, Lexicon is a worthy followup — a crazily inventive conspiracy thriller about the abuse of language as a weapon.
Hearing people take for granted our ability to convey scientific terms in conversation, from concepts as simple as weight and mass to chromosomes and covalent bonding. But for people who rely on sign languages, such as American Sign Language and British Sign Language, discussing scientific concepts isn't so simple.…
We use things every single day, and call them by their names. I pick up my iPhone. I drink my Fresca (shut up). But the names don't just appear. It's actually someone's job—and they're great at it.
And I don't just mean a particularly-bogan strain of Orrstrayan, either. Researchers at two Queensland universities are creating a robot lexicon for a new language spoken purely by the shiny metal-bummed 'bots, which have been dubbed the Lingodroids. Makes sense.
What exactly is the half-life of celebrity? A new field called culturomics has the answer. Using the largest linguistic database ever created - Google Books - culturomics experts track things like "lexical dark matter," and how long fame really lasts.