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Five Star Reviews: How Not to Be Wrong

I’ve been working on this one for a long time. How Not to Be Wrong was a hard book for me — a mental boot-camp in which I spent about six months groaning with the weight of one concept, only … Continue reading

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Yes, we have no Bananas

“So you decided to escape the USA when they stopped serving bananas?” The coyote had a Canadian accent and smiled as the drones buzzed by overhead. He was either very confident his hacking or blissed out on auto-meditation. Maybe both. … Continue reading

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Five Star Reviews: What the Hell Did I Just Read

Imagine a father who’s daughter is missing. He’s separated from his wife. He’s an ex-soldier who believes that “war is real life.” He’s violent and bitter and homophobic, but he’s also terrified, exhausted, and most of all annoyed that the … Continue reading

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The Vbyinu Sea

It started with the corvids of Bulgaria, of which there are many.  Then I turned to awkwords, a random word generator I’ve played with before. One fun technique is to give the program a bank of sounds and a model for … Continue reading

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Leviathan

This picture is dedicated to Emil Minchev, who beta-read The Goose’s Wing and told me the end was better than the beginning. Phew! He asked for the leviathan cross , which is the alchemical symbol for sulfur, apparently? I don’t see how … Continue reading

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A Distinct Extinction

If extinctions are random in their effect, then replaying them will yield very different results. In this case, the dice (actually it was a random number generator) spelled oblivion for the crocodiles and pterosaurs, and obscurity for turtles and lizards, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Me!

And look what I got in the mail  

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New Cities

I don’t have much this week, but I do have any idea about making up European-sounding city names. Split the names of European capital cities up into syllables (Am Ster Dam etc) Some syllables are empty, some are spaces.* Plug … Continue reading

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A Random List of Worldbuilding

It’s been less than half a year since the time trains came to 1907, but things are already a-changin’! What do Ruth, Emily, Vivek, and Sam encounter when they get of the time train at Knickerbocker Station? I wrote down … Continue reading

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My Utopia-Makework

No that’s not just French written in a stupid font! As yeli-renrong notes, the above message is “a Balto-Slavic–Japanese creole that happens to resemble French,” with the pronunciation /ˈjaw̥pʁʲendʁɛˀ ʰmnɛ lɔnʲˈgujɛ əse ʁɛntsˈnonˀtʁʲeʁ weˈmøndə/. But what does it mean? Things will be … Continue reading

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