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Stations of the American Time Line

<Some world-building for The Centuries Unlimited> When penetrated by a Time Line (properly a “para-configuration translation sheath” or “samayve” ), a historical period splits from “canonical history” and moves into the future in parallel with the Line’s terminus in the … Continue reading

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Tyrannosaur Queen: Worldcon promo

Hello everyone! I’m here in lovely San Jose, enjoying a splendid worldcon, and I want to spread the love. Until the end of worldcon, my time travel romance Groom of the Tyrannosaur Queen is free on Amazon. Now go lop … Continue reading

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The Goose’s Wing

“What man-made machine will ever achieve the complete perfection of even the goose’s wing?” – Abbas ibn Firnas It’s the 1050th anniversary of the invention of the hang-glider, and Andalusian peace activist Tariq ait Fortun falls into the talons of … Continue reading

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Tales from Alternate Earths 2

I am pleased to announce that the new Tales from Alternate Earths anthology is out! In it you’ll find alternate history stories about such subjects as the 21st-century secession of New England from the British Empire, the voyage of Christopher … Continue reading

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Centuries Unlimited Beta Readers?

Tomorrow’s my last work day before my vacation, which means it’s time to send The Centuries Unlimited to beta readers. If you would like to read a time travel/noir family saga about trust and flying gangsters, please tell me to add you … Continue reading

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The Homo sapiens Long Term Evolution Experiment

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Bulgarian words for try

Sorry I don’t have much for this week’s Wonderful Awful ideas. Just four Bulgarian words that might all be translated as English “try.” Opitvam se (опитвам се) is related to pitam (I ask). As in opitah se da pobedya, “I … Continue reading

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Save us from the Whale

“People need a way to stave off the constant possibility that common understanding may break down.” — N.J. Enfield, How We Talk Royal tangs wobbled serenely between the softly undulating tentacles of sea anemones. Bubbles rose in a shimmering curtain. The … Continue reading

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Complain to the Armenian priest

I’m putting the finishing touches on The Sultan’s Enchanter right now, including adding in some salty Bulgarian idioms. These include what I am loosely translating as “so I should open some jam for you?” (kompot da li  ti otvorya?) and “you can … Continue reading

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The Wind from the West

The wind from the west Makes me stop and take the time To look up and smile.

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