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100 Revolutions with Carrie Patel

      I’m talking with Carrie Patel about her new book, Cities and Thrones and revolutions. You may remember Carrie Patel and The Buried Life. Revolutions often don’t go as planned We’ve been seeing a lot of dystopias The Haitian … Continue reading

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Forced Servicization

Starting with Russia in the nineteen-teens and expanding to Eastern Europe post-WWII, the Soviet Union took a bunch of agricultural countries like Poland and Bulgaria and forced them to industrialize. It financed this by de-industrializing (i.e. “stealing”) everything that wasn’t nailed … Continue reading

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Maps!

I have a terrible confession to make. I don’t care for maps at the beginning of books. It’s like F do I care whether this made-up country is north or south of this OTHER made up country. I’m not going … Continue reading

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Oh, gaita!

Shocking news! The traditional bagpipe of the principality of Asturia in Spain is called the gaita. Same with Gallician and standard Spanish (where it’s also called cornamusa). The traditional bagpipe of Bulgaria is the gayda, which is more or less … Continue reading

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Diminishing Returns

Last week I talked about networking versus platforming, and both dovetail quite nicely with something I was talking with Tex recently: Diminishing Returns. There are some fancier graphs out there, but I think this one illustrates my point like…REALLY well. … Continue reading

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Biochemical magic

I found a library through a door in my house I’d never noticed before. In the library were not shelves of books but strings of beads, each stamped with one of 23 symbols. The strings hung limply from their racks, … Continue reading

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Platforming and networking

Last week on tumblr, I asked whether it was better for a writer to focus on building a platform (getting fans) or networking (finding colleagues and collaborators), and I got some very thoughtful responses: nyctopterus said: Publishing isn’t what it used to … Continue reading

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99 Speculative Philosophy with Eric Schwitzgebel

  I’m talking with Eric Schwitzgebel about his new story Momentary Sage, his Philosophers’ Science Fiction / Speculative Fiction Recommendations, and the next moral frontier. What’s this about a suicidal baby? A Midsummer Night’s Dream The lack of an enduring self Consequential Utilitarianism Steve Bein and … Continue reading

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Pangea Nekra

All the Earth is dead. We do not know how or why all the people of Earth were transported to the early Triassic, but we know the result. Drought. Starvation. Ruins in the red rock. We were the luckiest, we … Continue reading

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Alternatives to Sex?

This is kind of beside the point for Junction, since the aliens in question are non-sapient animals, but I guess I got into this habit writing New Frontiers. Just can’t stop thinking about alien sex! Specifically, why have it? Why … Continue reading

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