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The Contsansa Rus’

In 1223, the Mongols invaded the lands of the Kievan Rus. In our timeline, they migrated north, eventually founding the Grand Duchy of Moscow. But what if they’d gone south? Eastern Slavs (speaking a language ancestral to modern Russian, Belarussian, … Continue reading

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The Never Have, Never Will Interview with author Daniel Bensen

The Tyrannosaur Queen blog-splosion begins now! Head on over to Josh Vogt‘s blog, where he has up a “Never Have, Never Will” interview with me. I’m pleased to have author Daniel Bensen on the blog today, giving his answers to … Continue reading

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Live and Let Live

“There,” Taiwo points into the northern sky and my vision zooms and enhances until I can see the two black specks circling like vultures. Drones. “Which one is ours?” I ask. “Who knows?” Taiwo says. “Does it matter?” Of course … Continue reading

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The End of all Podcasts

So you may have noticed that I’m not doing podcasts any more. I made the decision back in the spring, where getting up before my baby daughter to record yet another conversation with someone in North America actually made me sick. It … Continue reading

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The Post-Humans

So I’ve been thinking about future human evolution… Like most people, Baram’s life began with intensive surgery. It was not a Cesarean section. The ova and spermatozoon that would become Baran had been extracted from his parents six moths previously … Continue reading

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Consider the Neanderthal 2:2

(This is part 2 of the story. Click here for Part 1) Death Head is only a child, but it is already clear she will be taller than her age-mates when she grows. Thinner, too. And, according to everyone but her … Continue reading

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Consider the Neanderthal 1:2

The following are some musings the origins of combinatorial language, as well as my experience teaching English as a second language. Consider the Neanderthal. He is 178cm tall and 81kg in weight, stocky and powerful, with a mane of shaggy blond … Continue reading

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Teeth in the Darkness

Teeth in the Darkness: A Tyrannosaur Queen deleted scene I originally wrote this scene to take place after Andrea escapes from Trals for the first time. They were riding down a river in a canoe, Trals plotting to unleash Andrea … Continue reading

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Genre with Mike Underwood

    So have you heard about Genrenauts by Mike Underwood, available now from Amazon? If you haven’t, how about Geekomancy, and the Hugo-nominated Skiffy and Fanty Show, or even his previous appearance on my podcast? Anyway, now it’s time to talk about Genrenauts, Mike’s experiment with … Continue reading

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Fellow Tetrapod

The team-building coordinator’s species evolved from some kind of free-swimming sea-slug, but I wouldn’t know that if it hadn’t told me. Its body is supported by three arching legs covered in feather-like gills.  A third appendage, more like the trunk of an … Continue reading

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