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SpringerLink: A Novel? #129
Last minute entry produced on one of our fortnightly Springer IT hack days!
Inspired by Padgett Powell's The Interrogative Mood: A Novel? , produce a novel entirely from questions pulled from content on the Springer Link web-site, http://link.springer.com.
Produced using CoffeeScript in Literate mode for obvious reasons.
Still have to produce a full 50K word novel (first attempt failed due to stack overflow of non-tail-recursive function, but this shouldn't be hard to fix). Here's an excerpt from a 2K word early draft:
Better late than never, here's a final draft:
I like how a theme emerged about artificial intelligence and criminal liability. Feels like there's something on the author's mind!
Even once I'd fixed my stack overflow I found loads of questions which just needed cleaning out for readability, and there's still stuff in there which doesn't quite work, especially around quotes and brackets, which would require more sophisticated parsing.
Some of what I had to clear out were LaTeX equations, which it would have been fun to be able to leave in. Next time!