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Yes, we have no Bananas

“So you decided to escape the USA when they stopped serving bananas?” The coyote had a Canadian accent and smiled as the drones buzzed by overhead. He was either very confident his hacking or blissed out on auto-meditation. Maybe both. … Continue reading

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Five Star Reviews: What the Hell Did I Just Read

Imagine a father who’s daughter is missing. He’s separated from his wife. He’s an ex-soldier who believes that “war is real life.” He’s violent and bitter and homophobic, but he’s also terrified, exhausted, and most of all annoyed that the … Continue reading

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The Vbyinu Sea

It started with the corvids of Bulgaria, of which there are many.  Then I turned to awkwords, a random word generator I’ve played with before. One fun technique is to give the program a bank of sounds and a model for … Continue reading

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Leviathan

This picture is dedicated to Emil Minchev, who beta-read The Goose’s Wing and told me the end was better than the beginning. Phew! He asked for the leviathan cross , which is the alchemical symbol for sulfur, apparently? I don’t see how … Continue reading

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A Distinct Extinction

If extinctions are random in their effect, then replaying them will yield very different results. In this case, the dice (actually it was a random number generator) spelled oblivion for the crocodiles and pterosaurs, and obscurity for turtles and lizards, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Me!

And look what I got in the mail  

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New Cities

I don’t have much this week, but I do have any idea about making up European-sounding city names. Split the names of European capital cities up into syllables (Am Ster Dam etc) Some syllables are empty, some are spaces.* Plug … Continue reading

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A Random List of Worldbuilding

It’s been less than half a year since the time trains came to 1907, but things are already a-changin’! What do Ruth, Emily, Vivek, and Sam encounter when they get of the time train at Knickerbocker Station? I wrote down … Continue reading

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My Utopia-Makework

No that’s not just French written in a stupid font! As yeli-renrong notes, the above message is “a Balto-Slavic–Japanese creole that happens to resemble French,” with the pronunciation /ˈjaw̥pʁʲendʁɛˀ ʰmnɛ lɔnʲˈgujɛ əse ʁɛntsˈnonˀtʁʲeʁ weˈmøndə/. But what does it mean? Things will be … Continue reading

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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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