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Agents of Re.L.I.E.F

  In a timeline where American involvement in World War Two started later and ended worse, Central and Western Europe are uninhabitable, the former Soviet Union is a long chain of warlords, the USA is catatonic, and much of the rest of … Continue reading

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Ottoman-period Bulgarian terminology is Great!

…or what I did on my vacation. Last weekend I spent three lovely nights with my wife in Koprivshtitsa, an architectural preserve in central Bulgaria. Koprivshtitsa was a town of wool-merchants (and the center of the April Uprising, which is … Continue reading

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86 International Fiction with Elías Combarro and Leticia Lara

Last week I talked with Elías Combarro of Sense of Wonder and Leticia Lara of Fantástica – Ficción about Spanish sci-fi and Fantasy. This week, I’m talking with them about the international movement in science fiction and fantasy. Mañana todavía (Still Tomorrow) edited by Ricard … Continue reading

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The New Age

We discovered Forced Metempsychosis in the 1950s, and used psychonauts and, later, the astral projections of digital computers to mine the Astral Plane for its precious resources. The natives, however, grew restless. The New Age, a comic by Daniel M. … Continue reading

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Bulgarian Affinity Terminology is Great!

Last week, we talked about blood relatives. Now it’s time to talk about something a little more complicated, the in-laws. In English, all of these people are named some version of X-in-law, but in Bulgarian, they almost all have unique … Continue reading

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85 Spanish SFF with Elías Combarro and Leticia Lara

  This week I’m talking with Elías Combarro of Sense of Wonder and Leticia Lara of Fantástica – Ficción about Spanish-language science fiction and fantasy. Los VerdHugos: the sci-fi and fantasy podcast of Elias and Leticia along with Miquel Codony, Josep Maria Oriol, and Pedro Roman. … Continue reading

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Beware the Wolf

What’s this? Oh, nothing, just a quote I found while skimming The Astral Plane, its Scenery, Inhabitants, and Phenomena “…there are certain circumstances under which the body may be seized upon by other astral entities and materialized, not into the … Continue reading

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Bulgarian Kinship Terms are Great!

In this season of family drama, you might be wishing for a simpler system kinship  terms. Why not call all older people one thing and all younger people something else, for example, like in Piraha? Wouldn’t that be nice? Well, if … Continue reading

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84 Technological Frontiers with Kim Moravec

I’m talking again with Kim Moravec about technological frontiers and the YA novel she is querying agents about. There are good reasons for anonymity on the internet. Not just to bully people you disagree with. Bahá’ís in Iran The Mars Trilogy Internet … Continue reading

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The Renaissance Express

The train to 1650 is an old model. Twenty-third century auto-modeled bacterial plastic: as charmless as a padded cell. It’s more of a waiting room than anything else, grinding along on its big, U-shaped track, flicking with the speed of nothing to … Continue reading

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