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Welcome to Проект Спек

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Humans are to zebras as giant floating brain-jellyfish are to humans

https://danbensen.tumblr.com/post/162663268025/viergacht-danbensen-showerthoughtsofficial Ooh! Ooh! Okay. Creature idea! A giant floating brain-jellyfish that can move very slowly but across any terrain. In the past, they crafted darts which they threw with great distance and accuracy, but in the past 10,000 years they … Continue reading

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Learning Kalispel: Orthography

Okay, I had a dream in Kalispel Salish* last night, which I guess is a signal I need to talk about it. It all started when I found this webpage of the Kalispel Tribe  which has both written and recordings … Continue reading

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A new kind of Ghost Language

Sorry, guys. This was a busy week. By the time Friday rolled around, I only had time to use Vulgar Language Generator to create a Ghost Language. I want to try some big eggs! Wuu aba aawaaa u-babuuuuubu  (Nominative-first-person-pronoun, want-first-person, try-first-person, … Continue reading

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The Goose’s Wing: first line

The last echoes of the call to worship fade into the heat rising off Cordoba, and against Tariq’s back the glider shivers. But you want more, don’t you, you rapacious hordes? You’ll get it — the whole first scene of … Continue reading

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The Hinterlands

Whew, what a vacation that was. I even got a chance to talk to my wife. We discussed urbanization. Our terrible vision of a future: extreme urbanization where cities are pressure-cookers of both problems and their solutions. The problem-solution cycle … Continue reading

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The Goose’s Wing: Materials and Design

Remember Era of the Kite and Rocket? I’m writing a story set there, but the world needs some more buildin’! I started a thread on the Alternate History Forum, but here’s what I got so far: First, I should point … Continue reading

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I’ve been Nominated for a Sidewise Award

What the hell is going on? My jet-lagged two-year old is getting me out of bed at 2am and my short story is being considered for THE alternate history award? My name is on the same short list as Bruce … Continue reading

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The Neocene

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The Speculative Dinosaur Project

  Those of you with long memories might remember that I was involved in the Speculative Dinosaur Project back when I was in high school. The project is moribund now, but it’s still getting attention. Nikolay Kilyachkov is one such … Continue reading

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