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Science says works of fiction follow one of six plot types

Researchers from the University of Vermont data-mined over 1,700 works of fiction and found that they all followed one of six emotional arcs.

By 7 July 2016


How to crowdsource a science fiction novel, on the CraveCast

CraveCast host Eric Mack shares how he got hundreds of CNET readers around the world to collaborate on a Massively Multi-writer Online Science Fiction Novel.

By 1 June 2016


4 lessons I learned crowdsourcing a science fiction novel

CNET's Eric Mack spent more than half a year crowdsourcing a novel. He managed to maintain his sanity, and even came away with some insights into human nature -- and the entire Internet.

By 25 May 2016


'Crowd Control,' our crowdsourced science fiction novel, starts here

Read the first installment of "Crowd Control: Heaven Makes a Killing," a novel written and edited by CNET readers around the globe.

By 9 May 2016


Blinded me with science: Life lessons I learned from fictional teachers

As Teacher Appreciation Week ends, thanks for the lessons on sword fighting, meth making and using the Force.

By 7 May 2016


Google 'Silicon Valley' for some fictional news Easter eggs

The popular HBO show about a tech startup in Silicon Valley has a nice surprise for fans.

By 26 April 2016


Harry Potter fiction or iPhone weaponry? The 'dormant cyber pathogen' at the heart of Apple vs. FBI

The battle over unlocking an iPhone tied to a terrorist attack takes a turn for the baffling.

By 5 March 2016


Why Spider-Man has to stay fictional forever

Scientists look at the limitations of walking up walls in the real world and find that a real-life Peter Parker would look more like a freakish Sasquatch than an agile superhero.

By 19 January 2016


'Steve Jobs' review: Pure Sorkin, but is it pure fiction?

The new film from Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle doesn't let the facts get in the way of its unique take on the life and times of the Apple co-founder.

By 24 October 2015


Technically Literate: EROS

When it's impossible to distinguish true love from passion induced by an illegal chemical, does anyone really care? Original fiction by Nayomi Munaweera, published exclusively by CNET.

By 27 July 2016