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Vandana Singh

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Beyond Hope and Despair: Teaching Climate Change

The logical reaction to learning about climate change is terminal despair. I realized this when I first learned enough of the basic physics of climate change to start including it in my physics classes, about ten years ago. Although the topic and its ramifications were keeping me up at night, I didn’t immediately realize that it would, naturally, have the same effect on my students. They reacted with despair, which in some cases mutated to anger, apathy, even denial. Knowing that governments and corporations were dragging their feet didn’t help. Even those who had wanted to do something about it found their enthusiasm waning in the face of a lifetime of experience being at the receiving end of other people’s agendas.

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Read Vandana Singh’s “Ambiguity Machines: An Examination”

This tale is an unusual take on an engineering exam that explores new concepts in machine design and function. All new machine discoveries must be investigated and classified. This is the story of three such machines and the truth or lie of their existence.

We’re pleased to reprint Vandana Singh’s “Ambiguity Machines: An Examination”. Originally published on Tor.com in April 2015, this story now appears in Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories, a new collection of Singh’s work available from Small Beer Press.

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Ambiguity Machines: An Examination

This tale is an unusual take on an engineering exam that explores new concepts in machine design and function. All new machine discoveries must be investigated and classified. This is the story of three such machines and the truth or lie of their existence.

This short story was acquired and edited for Tor.com by consulting editor Ann VanderMeer.

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