Pre-Crime STORyNET #1
Can we know what the Pre-Crime
Pre-Crime time travel—
Can scifaiku poets quantum
Jump into Future?
“the ALTA report states “The past
forecast for this person who would
make a [planetary impact] of such
magnitude that [a second wave] of
other [whistle-blowers] of all kinds
would be drawn into the public view
includes descriptors and archetypes
that are currently being fulfilled by
reports about Andrew’s paper.”
—Alfred Lambremont Webre,
Seattle Exopolitics Examiner
Pre-Crime STORyNET #2
Shorthand note on frog jumping
Into the Black Hole
Are Archetypes born not made
Can haiku be taught?
Stories, Neuroscience and Experimental Technologies (STORyNET): Analysis and Decomposition of Narratives in Security Contexts
Solicitation Number: DARPA-SN-11-20
Agency: Other Defense Agencies
Office: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Location: Contracts Management Office
The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is hosting a workshop, Stories, Neuroscience and Experimental Technologies (STORyNET): Analysis and Decomposition of Narratives in Security Contexts. This workshop is intended as a precursor to exploring the neurobiological mechanisms which undergird narrative processing so as to establish fertile ground for connecting our understanding of the neuropsychology of stories with models, simulations and sensors salient to security concerns. To this end, the workshop will focus on surveying theories of narrative, understanding what role they play in security domains, and establishing the state of the art in story analysis and decomposition frameworks.
See attached Special Notice DARPA-SN-11-20.
Pre-Crime STORyNET #3
Reducing Bāsho haiku
To lit-crit blueprints
Simplifying the whole thing is counterintutive. D.A.R.P.A. funds projects involving cyborg drones and Killer robots. Why the interest in scifaiku poetic theory?
The special notice says last month’s Wild Boar Oink Workshop was intended to be a precursor to exploring the “neurobiological mechanisms which undergird narrative processing so as to establish fertile ground for connecting our understanding of the neuropsychology of stories with models, simulations and sensors salient to security concerns.”
Weaponizing Bāsho? How can a frog jumping into an old pond—be weaponized by the Emperor? It’s gotta be a joke within a joke—Ka-plunk!!! Goes Bang!!!? Ironic isn’t it—how does one describe Eastern neo-narrative with Western military narratology?
Pre-Crime STORyNET #4
Reducing Bāsho haiku
To lit-crit blueprints
D.A.R.P.A. officials declined comment, so I e-mailed Blakey Vermeule, a Stanford professor of English interested in cognitive and evolutionary approaches to literature.
“I’m truly puzzled by D.A.R.P.A.’s interest in storytelling,” she replied. “Last I heard they were working on making robots that could move around easily in sand. I guess this may have something to do with the rise of the conspiracy blogosphere and its power over otherwise rational minds. But that’s just a guess.”
Once D.A.R.P.A. discovers a way to write clearly and understand narrative, I think they should drop special notices and turn to sci-fi novels.
Pre-Crime STORyNET #5
Pre-Crime gangster mobs—
From Vegas to Tokyo
Precogs morph Future?
Does the structure and function of scifaiku vary considerably across cultural contexts or is there a universal theory of scifaiku?
How can we take scifaiku and make them quantitatively analyzable in a rigorous, transparent and repeatable fashion?
What analytic approaches or tools best establish a framework for the scientific study of the psychological and neurobiological impact of scifaiku on people?
Pre-Crime STORyNET #6
It’s not that they don’t—
Care anymore, it’s that they
Don’t need us anymore
Each time I get into a PKD mindfuck—I realize why I got outta PKD the last time. It’s pretty simple—even tho each PKD mindfuck is different & unique.
Last time it was the same mindfuck that fucked-up PKD with TMITHC. The seductive lure was writing a sequel—something PKD started twice. Maybe more times. I know of two additional chapters—both in The Philosophical Writings anthology.
Both were pretty good I thought—they had lotsa action & follow-up intrigue. Kinda like “Faith of Our Fathers”—thanks to Laurie. That dystop-paranoia 1984 angle was pretty smart.
Pre-Crime STORyNET #7
Next is gonna be something
You don’t wanna know
The same with Robert Crumb’s graphic novel version of PKD’s agnostic wisdom-tooth hallucination about Rome & all that shit. Eternal City jive—it goes on forever in PKD’s “Exegesis.” That youtube Paris Lecture was a real gas. He was a lot more avant-garde than the wise-ass French thought. The translator stopped translating—he was so fuckin’ stunned…
“Exegesis”—a long rambling series of stoned speed-junky midnight notes & cogitations after Blade Runner got him some bucks I film rights & a decent condo-pad to center his love-life with. The guy was married 5 times? Jeez Lueez—most men wise-up after the first one. Definitely SF plot material tho…
Anyways, I’m getting the same skating-on-thin-ice-feeling. Rereading TMITHC sequel I did for Reader & Roadie Toad back in the NYTimes makes me queasy. I see why it kinda petered-out in Japantown with nowhere to go. Operation Dandelion hadn’t happened yet—in more ways than one.
After Fukushima IMHO it looks maybe like the Co-Prosperity Sphere with Japan, China & N/S Korea has finally publicly wised-up to nukes, earthquakes, HAARP & scalar weapon politics. Operation Dandelion on the part of the so-called late BP Tokugawa Shogunate has come to an official end…
The Anglo-American-Fourth Reich mob v. new Japanese Yakuza Empire—has pretty much delineated the next Terran Space Opera Mise-en-scène. Whether the climax is Wagnerian or Kabuki remains to be seen…
Pre-Crime STORyNET #8
Space Opera intrigues…
Sooner or later it seems, most SF writers eventually turn to being historians of the future for awhile. A space opera here—a Fall of the Empire there. It’s inevitable I suppose—imagining alt.history scenarios stretching into the future. Or rewriting the past—like what if the South won the Civil War.
DARPA quantum-jump time-travelers, whether they teleport physically or voyeuristically conjure the future out of a ‘hologram-esque’ crystal ball, whether it’s Mars or some galactic empire entity—how can we trust the time-travelers?
The time-travelers. Who are they working for—what are they covering up? Are they reliable narrators? Or are they Greeks bestowing gifts—while there’s something hidden in the Trojan Horse? Are they genuine expert witnesses—or just hearsay-puppets of TPTB?
Pre-Crime STORyNET #9
Breakaway alien tech
As long as there’s a Breakaway Civilization—then surely there’ll always be a Middle Man. The usual hidden agendas & illuminated secret technologies (e.g. HAARP)? Interplanetary & interstellar Black Markets—an old Story East of Eden. Gangster Mob storylines & neo-noir narratives—a dime a dozen.
You don’t have to be a member of the rocket lit crit cognoscenti or a star of the SF cyberpunk-steampunk intelligentsia to smell a good juicy space opera mise-en-scène coming down. Or sense a perfectly abysmal new dystopian mise-en-abyme raising its ugly head…
So much for narrative…
Pre-Crime STORyNET #10
He was tall & gaunt—
His voice was high-pitched nasal
He wore a stove hat
A time-traveling kid standing dazed in the mud—before a stark lonely wood podium in Gettysburg. A young whistleblower attorney—standing amazed there on the red sands of Mars.
UBIK past realities—VALIS counter-clockwise future worlds. A Man in the High Castle—flipping ancient I Ching coins. A pulp-fiction SF writer in Berkeley—Operation Dandelion coming to Fukushima…
Some speak the Weirding Way—they are the Tellers of the Tale. The Tale speaks thru them—the Future is the Spice of Life. Will Terra become—another Giedi Prime?