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Am Writing Chapter 9

I’m trying something new this week, which is to write about my writing. Maybe other people can benefit from the results of my experiments. Please tell me if you like it and I’ll keep doing it 🙂 1) As per instructions … Continue reading

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Future language!

I worked so hard on these lines. Vivek thrust his nose in the air and affected a slushy Present Day drawl, “Some undisciplintt fewp setch me, officah! ‘Z vrath smutt lait alcohol ‘n shradu chat ma calothas prrojectah! Wet des, … Continue reading

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Future Breakfast!

Breakfast for employees of the Centuries Unlimited, freshly extruded from the table (the breakfast, not the employees). The chefs were eager to show off what complex flavors and textures they could squeeze out of a million tiny shape-shifting tubes, an … Continue reading

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The Andzhijans

The Andzhijans (pronounced [ʌnd͡ʒ’ijənz] or [‘anʒjənz]) (Andzhijan: Ъndжista, Andzhista, [ɤnd͡ʒ’iʃtɐ], also spelled Ънджийчиtе, Ανγιση, Andжijani, and Ăngițile. Reich spellings: Ænġista, Angista — dated exonym: Vrans, Vrani) are a Balkan ethnic group composed of the roughly two million citizens of the Macedonian Republic of Andzija, an additional … Continue reading

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Macedonian Andzhija

“Bokaθa, чoθa ŭee tu efŭe on Mъra is to mar-grяθa kuцa on masaθa. Mъra ŭil unzъrstanst meθъs bokiцe ŭilneŭol яm яk efŭe. Tu me яm efŭe!*” Thus begins the 19-th century novel Чenaθa mя Mъro** (“Maria, my Wife!”), by Uiktar Konstantzinthas, the popular novel of … Continue reading

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A Week After the Sidewise

Last week I won the Sidewise Award. Then I went to a small village on the border between Bulgaria and Macedonia for a week. My older daughter found a firebellied toad (above!). My younger daughter learned how to say “I’m … Continue reading

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Far Future Evolution

Predicting the future is a mug’s game, but I’ma do it anyway! It’s not like I’ll be around in a billion years to be corrected. There are trends to evolution (even if only statistical artifacts ala Steven Jay Gould) and … Continue reading

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Two sketches

Two sketches for two beta-readers of The Goose’s Wing, Eric Scott Fischl and Victor Dimitrov. Thanks, guys! The first (for Victor) is a Petrolean dragon, looking a bit more majestic and less moist than I depict them in the novella. The second (for Eric) is … Continue reading

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I won the Freaking Sidewise Award!

I co-won the Sidewise Award for short fiction along with @adamrov and Ben Winters. I am honored to be in their company. Click here for “Treasure Fleet” and the other excellent stories in Tales From Alternate Earths. Click here for some notes from the world of “Treasure Fleet.” … Continue reading

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Sidewise Awards today!

The day is today! Go to Sidewise Award page and see if my alternate history short story “Treasure Fleet” has won! And to wet your appetite for more, here are some alluring fragments of a sequel… At the heart of the Forbidden City, … Continue reading

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