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A Piece of Cake

It should have been simple enough for the mining bots. But, you know the English expression about cake? Maybe it doesn’t apply to kozunak. The Easter-bread ingredients weren’t easy to come by. Glucose syrup and yeast cultures came from the bio-labs and could … Continue reading

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Adamics 2: Vocabulary

Looking for meaning in the sounds around them, the first generation of Adamics will turn first to onomatopoeia words. Here are some onomatopoetic words based on human noises crying=wai-wai / feeling sudden pain=wai food being eaten= ama-ama / biting=ama heart beating=tuka-tuka laughing=aha-aha / surprising someone=aha … Continue reading

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Adamics 0: a bibliography

Thanks to everyone who’s been helping me figure out the Adamic language, especially those who’ve cited sources. My list of reading has now gotten so large, I need a bibliography to manage it all. Here it is! Resources textmechanic awkwords … Continue reading

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Comet Forest

The gas giant loomed over the comet’s tiny horizon like the ground under a sky-diver’s head. It was easy to see that death now, that splat. The planet wasn’t a pretty blue-and-green ball in the sky any more. It wasn’t … Continue reading

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Health Update

Here’s a health update:I went in for blood tests and a CAT scan last week and everything looks good! Very low tumor markers in the blood and nothing showed up in the CAT scan except for a pair of very … Continue reading

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The Adamic Language 1: Baby Talk

Imagine if a bunch of babies were raised by robots that don’t talk to them. Children raised without language input generally fail to learn to speak (and develop crippling psychological problems, if they survive at all), but if many babies are … Continue reading

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Roll that rock

Daily goals (word count or time spend writing) are a good way to motivate yourself and get into the habit of writing. What they don’t do, though, is modulate tension. I recently started writing a story with no daily goals … Continue reading

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Buy Tales from Alternate Earths!

Prayer beads clicked between the fingers of Song Muhanmode ben Mahdi, Emperor of China and Imam of All Islam. “Does the letter continue?” he said. The secretary cleared his throat. “The missive ends, your Majesty, with the words, ‘they shall surely kill us all. … Continue reading

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What if China had discovered the Americas

You might remember this fun conversation I had with Melissa Walshe about figuring out a way to get China to discover the Americas before Columbus. Well, I did, and the story’s being published in Tales from Alternate Earths by Inklings … Continue reading

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5-star review: Kill Process

Damn it feels good to get caught up in a book like this. Kill Process engages at just about every level. There’s a gripping premise (employee of a social networking site tracks down and kills abusive spouses), an ominous message … Continue reading

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