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7 Dangerous Myths about Zehra Yilmaz

My first piece of fan-stuff for New Frontiers, centered on its heroine, the scary “exo-erotic diplomat” who loves aliens for the sake of the European Union. Seven Dangerous Myths About Zehra: —doesn’t mix business and pleasure —has phenomenal impulse control … Continue reading

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Bulgarian familial terminology is great!

As complicated as it is to spend time with your family, you may wish your language used a simpler terminology. Imagine a language where there is no word for “mother.” Instead, you have “woman-parent.” No brothers or sisters, just “man-sibling” … Continue reading

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80 Being Professional with Dan Koboldt

  I’m talking with author Dan Koboldt again about the sort of things you have to talk about with your literary agent. The scariest words possible Charles Stross, who was probably always super-cool Absolute Writer Water Cooler Hashtags for aspiring writers: #tenqueries #sffpit #badqueries … Continue reading

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A Predator’s History

  Happy Halloween, everyone! Let’s talk about zmeys. A zmey (змей, sometimes inaccurately translated as “dragon”) is a creature from Balkan mythology. They fly, they have scales, they can shape-shift, and they like to either eat or have sex with … Continue reading

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79 Querying and Self-Control with Dan Koboldt

I’m talking with author Dan Koboldt about passing yourself off as a professional author. The first real podcast that I did Fake it till you make it Jennie Goloboy of Red Sofa Literary Query Tracker “Query Moguls” like Anne Mini … Continue reading

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Captain Lagrange and the Update of Doom

IN A WORLD WHERE the only thing scarce is a good idea, the laws of economics are more important than the laws of physics, and copy-write is king… Enter Strange LaGrange, captain of the Anakata, most feared of all the Intellectual … Continue reading

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Conversations with my wife: programming

Here’s another bombshell from my wife: If you use a computer and don’t understand it, you make yourself vulnerable. In the same way you can’t be illiterate and have a full, it’s increasingly becoming true that you must know how to … Continue reading

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78 Creating Background with Turbofanatic

  I’m talking with Turbofanatic, author of Aphelion, Deltavengers, and co-author and illustrator of Wheel in the Sky. We talk about using objects to add background and depth to a story, starting with Aphelion, a reaction to the reaction to our world. We are always fighting … Continue reading

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We don’t need no stinking horses!

Imagine a world without horses. Of course, a world with more horses would be a lot of fun. What if the Native Americans had them, and all the empire-building, technology-sharing, and disease-creation that (at least according to Jared Diamond) goes … Continue reading

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Conversations with my wife: the Hobbsian Trap

Sunday night I had the rare opportunity for a conversation with my wife about something other than diapers and baby triceratopses (we have a 2-year-old). This was the result: On the subject of simon-roy and sandralanz‘s new post-singularity project: How … Continue reading

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