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The Fleet of the Great Hajj

Only one more day until we find out whether my alternate history short story “Treasure Fleet” has won a Sidewise Award! Here’s an excerpt of the rough draft of the story (it’s better in the anthology), answering the question “in a … Continue reading

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2 days until the Sidewise Awards!

Only two more days until we find out whether my alternate history short story  “Treasure Fleet” has won the Sidewise Award! Continuing my sharing of backstory for this story of the Muslim Chinese discovery of the New World, I ask the … Continue reading

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Far Future Evolution

Predicting the future is a mug’s game, but I’ma do it anyway! It’s not like I’ll be around in a billion years to be corrected. There are trends to evolution (even if only statistical artifacts ala Steven Jay Gould) and … Continue reading

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3 days until the Sidewise Awards!

In case I haven’t beaten you over the head with this news enough already, my alternate history short story “Treasure Fleet” has been nominated for a Sidewise Award! They’re going to announce the winners on the 20th. Fingers crossed! In honor … Continue reading

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Babytalks: And he became a beybo gwegew

My daughter can now recite “the very hungry caterpillar” from memory. Which is great because it gives me a direct one-to-one comparison for her utterances. Here’s one of the more bizarre. Instead of saying “beautiful butterfly” (the last two words … Continue reading

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Distributing the future

I’m reading William Gibson right now, so what better time to talk about his quote: “The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” The implication is that we can look at those people with access to … Continue reading

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Asking for Help

As a writer, I need a lot of help. Not just psychological and financial (oh the effortposts I could write) but just getting facts right in your fiction is an enormous job. I’ve written about the Illinois Indians, the American … Continue reading

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Baby Talks: Approximantation

Yes, my baby is still practicing fricative harmony. She’s also doing something else, which is approximanting? Is that even a word? She makes stops into approximants, is what I mean. I speak General American English, so my intervocalic dental stops become … Continue reading

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Hopepunk

I read an interesting post the other day, which coined the word “hopepunk.” As I understand it, it’s stories about bad people doing good things (or regular people doing the best they can with a bad situation). It’s exactly the sort of … Continue reading

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Five Star Review: Dichronauts

I haven’t been this surprised and entertained by world building for a long time, and I was beginning to think I had outgrown science fiction. I hadn’t. I just didn’t know how far it could go. The geometry of the … Continue reading

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