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Emily and Ruth

I can’t use this chunk of text because it’s narrated by the wrong person, but I like it so here you go. At least as of now, the events are canonical to The Centuries Unlimited. To the tune of blatting … Continue reading

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Self-replicating Talismans

http://danbensen.tumblr.com/post/154672173585/i-have-a-philosophical-question Here’s the text: In books like Garth Nixon’s Abhorsen, and even in Spellwright, some person (human, spirit, or god) has to read the magical signs and understand them in order to “translate” them into magical action. That’s magical-as-human-language. In … Continue reading

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Bulgarian root: Mah “wave”

In Bulgarian class yesterday, we were reading about eagles (like you do) and came across the phrase: Размах на крилете –  Raz-mah na kril-e-te – “Wingspan” (lit. apart-wave of wing-s-the). But while English span comes from a root meaning “to stretch” (other … Continue reading

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Molasses Empire

Many cultures spread along with their crops. Wheat and Barley east and west from Mesopotamia, Rice west from China, and the agonizingly slow crawl of Maize north and south from Central America. But no spread of crops and ideas was … Continue reading

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The Bulgarian of Moana

Yesterday my wife and I took our older daughter to see Moana ( Смелата Вайяна – Smelata Vayyana – Vaiyana the Brave). It was a great movie, my favorite since The Princess and the Frog, and I really enjoyed the translation. … Continue reading

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Merry Dinosaurs! Get your free book

Merry Dinosaurs! In celebration of the season, Groom of the Tyrannosaur Queen is free this week as an ebook on Amazon. Once you buy it, the audio book (of which I am very proud) will be available for just $2. So … Continue reading

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Five Star Reviews: “Black English as the New Lingua Franca”

Oh my God I have a new linguist hero. His name is John McWhorter, the author of The Language Hoax, the Story of Human Language, and I guess a whole bunch of other stuff I have to track down and … Continue reading

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Birds and Beasts

The wormhole casts harsh rainbow light across the moon rocks, and the Ambassador of the Dominated Parturitions of the Fwit Earth struts through. In his environment suit , he looks like a character from a children’s cartoon — a puffy … Continue reading

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7 8 9

Oh my God, I am so sorry. http://danbensen.tumblr.com/post/153552863425/bogleech-pemsylvania-idk-why-im-confessing (in case you can’t see the embedded text) I made up stories about (numbers). 5 is a neurotic authoritarian who wants everything just so. 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30. Ah, so … Continue reading

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Petrolea’s on Amazon!

Yay! And it has (if I’m not mistaken) my novella’s first review: What could be better than dragons? Or aliens? Or giant robots? How about giant alien robo-dragons! An entire ecosystem of mechanical monsters has evolved from ancient self-replicating robots … Continue reading

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