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Who’s a Good Chosen One? You are!

Eirling’gathel! Eirling’gathel! I found the dragon! Let’s go slay it! We’ll go on a quest together! mmphWhah? Oh, by the sacred Elm of Whispers, it’s like 4am. I found a dragon, Eirling’gathel! It’s just five leagues from here! It’s time … Continue reading

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20 Making plot with Simon Roy and C.M. Kosemen

LISTEN to podcast Simon Roy, Memo Kosemen, and I have ganged up to construct “The Lords of the World” available now from Alternate History Fiction magazine. We’ve discussed the worldbuilding and characters, now let’s look at the plot. Also: The Crimean … Continue reading

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19 Making Characters with Simon Roy and C. M. Kosemen

LISTEN to podcast The second part of the conversation Simon Roy, Memo Kosemen, and I had about the idea that eventually became “The Lords of the Earth” (now available from Alternate History Magazine). Having discussed the worldbuilding of the story, now we’re on … Continue reading

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18 Worldbuilding with Simon Roy and C.M. Kosemen

LISTEN to podcast To celebrate the publishing of my Martian Sherlock Holmes short story, “The Lords of the World,” this is a re-release of a conversation I had with Simon Roy and Memo Kosemen back in 2013. Today we’ve ganged up to talk … Continue reading

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Lords of the World: First Lines

A little something to whet your appetite for “The Lords of the World” available now from Alternate History Fiction magazine. Someone to see you, Singh. I signed from the lavatory doorway. “I am vast,” he replied, “I am cold, I am … Continue reading

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Gomi-san

“Oi! Gomi-san. Gomi-san da!” This shift, Tomás Montalban was a gomishuushuusha, A garbage truck. He swiped the screen that swiveled his right-hand camera and surveyed the sidewalk. There was a little boy waving at him, smiling. Tomás smiled back, although the kid couldn’t … Continue reading

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The Lords of the World

“The Lords of the World” is a detective story in the style of Arthur Conan Doyle, set in a world of H.G. Wells’ Martian Invasion. It is available here from Alternate History Fiction magazine. When a damsel in distress turns out to be … Continue reading

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Domesticated Velociraptors

What would the world be like if you could hire Velociraptor rides for your daughter’s birthday, race them through jungles, or buy them at the local pet store? Fourteen authors from around the world delve into the prospect of domesticated … Continue reading

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Some Notes for The Centuries Unlimited

If science fiction is about what we think the future will look like, an alternate history with a Point of Divergence in 1929 (when people from the future arrived bearing technological gifts) should look a lot like 1920s scifi. So a survey … Continue reading

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The Light of History

Sometimes you just get sideswiped by inspiration. This week, Wonderful Awful Ideas is coming early.   Behold the Tree of Worlds: Yewdharma.* Its roots are sunk deep in the quantum bedrock of creation, invisible at the infinitely distant convergence of … Continue reading

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