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91 Book Launching with Carrie Patel

  I’m talking with Carrie Patel, author of the Buried Life, about book launches. I’ve talked with Carrie before about her steampunk-ish, noir-ish, fantasy-ish, dystopian-ish, book-ish underground thing, but that was when we thought it was coming out in summer … Continue reading

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The Digital Angels of our Nature

Need to make a moral decision? There’s an app for that. But will using the app make you a better person? Or will externalizing your conscience allow you to ignore it? Robert called up his moral pantheon. Tiny angels, priests, … Continue reading

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Tumblr =/= pageviews

On my ongoing mission to answer the question: is Tumblr just a fun way to waste of time, or waste a lot of time? Several months ago, I quoted the extremely clever Steven Pinker saying something extremely clever: http://danbensen.tumblr.com/post/108182991566/the-idea-that-eskimos-pay-more-attention-to Last … Continue reading

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Fantasy Gods

I know this is a bit presumptuous, but can I speculate a little about your gods? I’m re-reading the Chalion books right now, trying to capture some of their essence for my own novel, and I am struck with a … Continue reading

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No thanks, I Decline.

I noticed something interesting about the Japanese and spaces. Normally, written Japanese has no spaces. Consider the first sentence in the page above: ティラノサウルスは      最も      大きな      肉食      恐竜です.  Preserving the spaces between … Continue reading

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Kingdom of Clouds

Since no new ideas have occurred to me for a while, I’m going to kickstart the engine by taking a look at New Scientist and seeing how Science is meddling in God’s domain this week. And then think up a … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of a Dragon

As predators of feral von Neumann robots, the feeding apparatus of the Petrolean Dragon must be robust and flexible. When in flight, protective plates interlock to create an aerodynamic profile and protect the delicate sensors. When hunting, these sensors are … Continue reading

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90 Dragons! with Dan Koboldt and Tex Thompson

  I’m talking again with Tex Thompson and Dan Koboldt about dragons. Also some racism and power dynamics in fantasy. But mostly it’s dragons. Dan Koboldt’s in-the-works short story which he describes as Jurassic Park meets the Build-a-Bear Workshop Dessert Cake Dragons … Continue reading

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Bulgarian Bibliography

A while ago I met with an ethnologist at Sofia University, who gave me a nifty reading list. I can’t promise I’ll actually be able to read (or even find) all of the resources, but if you’re as interested in 16th-century … Continue reading

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Timber!

What if there were no fossil fuels? Maybe lignin-digesting bacteria evolved earlier, some antediluvian civilization burned up our oil reserves, or those damn Alien Space Bats vaporized them. Anyway, Earth doesn’t have enough coal, gas, or oil to support an industrial … Continue reading

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