the antidepressant effects of medieval weaponry

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And you didn’t think you could use neuroscience to improve your life. (From Koenigs & Grafman, 2009.)

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one wolf anticipates another

Each year he came to Beech Hill by bus, with an overnight stop. The stop had, itself, become a ritual. In fact, the entire trip from the moment he carried his bag out of the apartment was marked with golden milestones, events that were—so strong was the anticipation of pleasure—pleasures themselves.

“Beech Hill,” Gene Wolfe (1972)

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“A neural substrate of prediction and reward,” Wolfram Schultz, Peter Dayan, & P. Read Montague (1997)

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Some of those who read my short story “Tubby’s Letter” (currently, and likely for the foreseeable future, in the slush pile at tor.com) were skeptical about the use of what I called “Bio-E,” a not-very-well-specified method for harvesting electricity from the human body. To you I now say only PWNED.

As you were.

Oh, you wanted to read the story? In that case I would recommend rude emails to Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Liz Gorinsky telling them to pay me for it already. (KIDDING. Don’t be rude. And, yes, I realize that, not having technically “bought” the story, they don’t technically “owe” me money, although really, aren’t such barristerly cavils beneath you? However, if the thought of bothering a couple of science fiction’s more high-profile editors fills you with a just and righteous fear, you could email me and I might send you the submitted draft.)

(But you should really email *somebody* and tell them to send me money. I’m not picky.)