Unreal was published in Nature on August 29, 2018. What inspired this story? Find out on the Nature Future Conditional blog!
No story comes to a writer fully formed — at least not to me. By the time I finish writing a story, my hard drive is littered with deleted scenes, pointless plot lines, and bodies (ahem: cut characters). Behind each polished story, there are veritable boatloads of dreck.
I was bemoaning this fact when it occurred to me that the same might hold true for reality…
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