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75 Alternate History with Matt Mitrovich

This week I’m talking to Matt Mitrovich, founder of The Alternate History Weekly Update about, what else, alternate history, the little brother of genre fiction. So what if… The South wins the Civil War The Nazis win WWII JFK isn’t assassinated. Point … Continue reading

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Antipodes

If you’re in the mood for more alternate history, here’s a stupid idea that I can’t shake. Let’s say that, from the earliest times, people could “tunnel” through the Earth. Build a henge, do some rituals and bloop, you’re at the … Continue reading

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Petrolea

Victor Toledo went to Titan to reprogram and tame its machine biosphere. Doctor Chinni Merchant has made it her mission to stop him. The feral robots of the petroleum jungle want to strip the flesh from their bones. Cut off … Continue reading

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Mutually Assured Distraction

Happy birthday to me! I’m 31 today, and Melissa Walshe sent me a very nice present: a wonderful, awful idea! Duels using weaponized music. For conflicts that don’t have a clear, provable resolution, opponents can challenge one another to a … Continue reading

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74 Mystery and Steampunk with Beth Cato

I’m talking again with Beth Cato about her new book The Clockwork Dagger, writing a mystery novel, as well as this “Steampunk” thing that all the kids are talking about these days. You have to have all these little twists and that’s … Continue reading

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The Mermaid Invasion

So I was talking to Tex Thompson about the Fishmen of her ONE NIGHT IN SIXES and I gots to thinking about oceanic sophonts. Would they have something like cities? Floating conglomerations of driftwood? Those would still be pretty mobile, especially with sails. So … Continue reading

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Fighting words and Bulgaria’s history

NOTE: to read Cyrillic words in Latin letter, just hover the mouse over them. Given its location, it’s not surprising that Bulgaria has a long and colorful history, and that history is mostly colored bloody, dripping red. I’m talking war, … Continue reading

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73 Murder and Mystery with Beth Cato

This week I’m talking with Beth Cato, author of The Clockwork Dagger, about her book (out now) as well as… The capital-W Worldtree The Healer Final Fantasy II  It’s easy to progress the plot by killing someone. Parable of the Sower and empathy … Continue reading

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Fighting Fires

Inspired by the Lolo Complex forest fire of last year, which literally took place on the other side of the hills from my parents’ house (they were fine). ~~~ I knew what to expect when the cops got to my house. The … Continue reading

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71 Multiculturalism with Steve Bein

  Daughter of the Sword! Yes, I know that’s the first book of Steve Bein’s Fated Blades series and this is the second podcast I did with him. The second one is Year of the Demon and it’s now available … Continue reading

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