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Video! After the Skunk Trees

The great and powerful Kim Moravec turned one of my mental health haikus into a picture! A MOVING picture! Thank you, Kim! I’m going to try to do some of this art stuff myself. Let’s see how it goes.

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4 Star Book Reviews: The Quantum Magician

The Quantum Magician by Derek Künsken I hadn’t found a space opera I liked in a long time, so I was very happy to find Künsken’s big, frenetic, furious book. The beginning is a bit cluttered and unfocused. I got … Continue reading

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Interchange Alpha is done!

Back in the middle of December, I got a call from my agent, saying Flametree was interested in a sequel to Junction. Could I do it? I said yes of course, and I spent the rest of the month arranging … Continue reading

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The Fresh Air Hits Me

The fresh air hits me I should open more windows I should stay out here

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4 Star Book Review: The Forest and Pale Green Dot

The Forest and Pale Green Dot by Justin Groot This one gets me right where I live. In a mysterious and grand environment, monsters eat people. But the real monsters…are of the human psyche! But seriously, this story is great. … Continue reading

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Heaviness of Mind

Heaviness of mind Without the strength to unload Clouds through the ceiling

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Orbital Aliens

Here’s a bad photo of some aliens I made. I’m thinking a lot right now about aliens that live in orbit around an Earthlike planet. Their distant ancestors evolved in the atmosphere of a Jupiter-sized gas giant in the same … Continue reading

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An Enclosed Garden

An enclosed garden Between the buildings, leaf-nets Catch the angled light

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4 Star Book Reviews: Against Empathy

Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion by Paul Bloom Ah, what a breath of fresh air. This is a book about how to be good. Is empathy (that is, feeling the emotions of the person you’re trying to help) … Continue reading

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4 Star Book Reviews: Perhelion Summer

Perhelion Summer by Greg Egan This is probably the only climate change fiction I can manage. Egan side-steps the politics of the issue by talking about a cosmic accident that screws up Earth’s orbit and stresses the hell out of … Continue reading

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