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“Bataar” in Domesticated Velociraptors

Drafield Zho and his trusty snatcher have lead many hunting expeditions into the dinosaur-haunted wilderness outside the walls of Seneria, but none have included an incognito king on its guest list, and never before has he attempted to hunt the mighty … Continue reading

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Mirror World

From this discussion on Tumblr… Expansion into the interior of the Americas by European explorers took a great deal of time, first because of the barrier of the Rocky Mountains, and because it soon became obvious that the only maritime … Continue reading

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Five Star Reviews: The Art of Language Invention

I spent a lot of time waiting in doctors’ offices last week, and I needed something to save me from boredom- and anxiety-induced insanity. What better choice could I have made than The Art of Language Invention by David J. Peterson? … Continue reading

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90 Dragons! with Dan Koboldt and Tex Thompson

  Last year I talked with Tex Thompson and Dan Koboldt about dragons. Now, in celebration of the publication of PETROLEA, my novella about dragons, here’s that podcast again 😉 Dan Koboldt’s in-the-works short story which he describes as Jurassic Park meets the Build-a-Bear Workshop … Continue reading

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89 Authorial self-Indulgence with Tex Thompson and Daniel Koboldt

Last year I talked with fellow novelists Tex Thompson and Dan Koboldt about going off the rails in writing and getting too involved with world-building. Now I’m dusting off that conversation in celebration of the publication of my deisle-punk dragon novella PETROLEA, … Continue reading

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99 Speculative Philosophy with Eric Schwitzgebel

  A year ago I talked with Eric Schwitzgebel about his new story Momentary Sage, his Philosophers’ Science Fiction / Speculative Fiction Recommendations, and the next moral frontier. Now it’s time to dust off that conversation in celebration of the publication of my novella PETROLEA! What’s this about … Continue reading

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Ergatinglish!

Ha ha, suckers! You thought you were going to get a short story today, but instead I’m going to lecture you about made-up future English. Wait don’t go! It’ll be a form of English that has evolved ergative-absolutive alignment! Wait … Continue reading

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Petrolea is out!

My diesel-punk dragon novella Petrolea is available from Alban Lake Publishing in both paper and ebook form. This is a big step: the first paid book-shaped thing that was all mine and no-one else’s. I’m over the (murky, mechanoid-infested) moon … Continue reading

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Five Star Reviews: Habitat by Simon Roy

Yesterday I received two books with Warren Ellis endorsements. One was Pirate Utopia by Bruce Sterling, the other was Habitat, by Simon Roy. Looks like Ellis and I both have great taste. I worked with Simon at the beginning, middle, … Continue reading

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Some Writing Advice

Well,  they worked for me on Friday at least. Let’s hope they keep working. (ahem) 1) rather than work until a job is “finished,” work for exactly an hour on one thing, then take a break and switch to something else, even … Continue reading

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