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Dinosaur con-lang

Let it be said that I listen to commenters! When a linguist and a dinosaur-nut both told me to write a dinosaur con-lang, I couldn’t say no! So first of all, what sort of sounds did dinosaurs make? It turns … Continue reading

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Blowing up a beetle 2: the bones

We’re back with giant bugs and how we can get them. Last time we talked about the biggest problem with giant arthropods: their circulatory system. Today, it’s on to the bones. First of all, forget that old saw about exoskeletons … Continue reading

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Blowing up a beetle 1: the blood

Last week I talked about the three basic ways to approach speculative biology, and this week I’m starting with the first: getting inspiration from real animals. For example, bugs. Sci-fi writers love bugs. They’re gross, they’re weird. They’re…tiny. So why … Continue reading

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Paranormal Electricity

So I was watching Everything Wrong with Paranormal Activity and I thought, “wait a second. Those ghosts can reliably slide kids across the floor? Not to mention all the door-slamming and chair-stacking and house-imploding they do. Where does the energy … Continue reading

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Why design aliens? How?

  I’ve tried to do different things with my writing: Satire, Police procedural, Adventure, Political Intrigue, Romance…and it got me wondering. Maybe I’ve spent enough time away from my first love, speculative biology. So this post is the first in … Continue reading

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Unlikely Influences

What Daniel M. Bensen learned about writing from teaching ESL Check out my guest post on Kate Heartfield’s series Unlikely Influences.  

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97 Short Stories with Shawn Scarber

This is Shawn Scarber, author of Night Witch, a story in A. Lee Martinez’s Strange Afterlives anthology. He’s also written a hell of a lot of short stories, some of which have even gotten published. A. Lee Martinez, oh my! Rosemary Clement Moore … Continue reading

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Natural Space Disasters

The scene on Trans-Saturnia habitat is one of shock and loss. The people of this impoverished colony, plagued with chronic corruption and poor development, saw their shields fail late last night, at the height of the radiation flux from the … Continue reading

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World Leaders React to Wormhole in New Guinea

You heard me! Gearing up for my new novel Junction, I’m thinking about some of the things that will happen in the background of the story. When a wormhole to an alien world is discovered in the New Guinea highlands … Continue reading

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Captain Yugoslavia

Captain Yugoslavia downed another Slivovitsa and wondered what the hell he was going to do with the rest of his life. ~~~ So we all know that nations are shared fictions, right? There’s nothing fundamentally different between people on one … Continue reading

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