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Transportation – an essay

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America blog bought one of my essays. It’s about trauma and fiction, and what they’re for. Transportation by Daniel M. Bensen Trigger warnings: cancer, hospitals I had cancer. Don’t worry. I just got … Continue reading

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Through Three Panes of Glass

Through three panes of glass Moonlight is much refracted But still it’s there

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I Pass Through the Door

I pass through the door (Cool breeze under hot sun) And into autumn

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Circles Against Blue

Circles against blue Rumbles, speech, and twittering A swift wags its wings

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4 Star Book Reviews: Braving the Wilderness

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown I’ve watched Brown’s netflix show and a few of her videos on Youtube, but this was the first book of hers I’ve read. … Continue reading

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Junction is on sale!

From the 16th to the 18th (Fri-Sun), Junction ebooks will be on sale. Check them out.

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Cursive Cuneiform

Iiše tuuneetaššuiilefa Šiiuenašušuan parunašušuan Ḫunašušuan oommueetaššuan. Iišee tuuneetaššuuaniilefa Oomiinnašuušše faḫunašuun Ameetauan. If you heed me, waters and grains and houses you will enjoy. If you do not heed me, Your lands to ashes I will burn. — The Pataḫai Ḫuḫa … Continue reading

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4 Star Book Reviews: Soldier of the Mists

Soldier of the Mists by Gene Wolfe Adrian Tchaikovsky calls Wolfe “the master of the first person.” He’s right. Latro is a book supposedly translated by Wolfe from a diary kept by a 5th-century-BC Roman mercenary in Greece who received … Continue reading

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4 Star Book Reviews: Extreme Medicine

Extreme Medicine by Kevin Fong, MD An astrophysicist-turned-doctor writes about frontiers in medicine and human endurance. The tone strikes just the right balance between compassion for the victims of formerly untreatable medical problems and fascination with the techniques that saved … Continue reading

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Taking out the Trash

Taking out the trash A kestrel on a cool breeze I’m glad I looked up

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