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Symbionts

The airlock sealed itself behind us and vanished. Its edges blended in with the knobbly, translucent walls of the alien spacecraft, and it was gone. “Somebody paint that spot,” ordered Commander Liu, and a yellow circle appered in my vision to mark the place … Continue reading

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Learning Bulgarian: Vacations and Governments

Remember last week? Well here’s some more Bulgarian vocab! Obrashtam se kam (nyakogo): Turn to (somebody) for help Dezhuren-on duty (from French, de jure meaning “of day”) Pikolo-a bellhop (from Italian, piccolo meaning “smallest”) Funny how English also imported both words, but with different … Continue reading

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Stations of Life

Some world-building for The Centuries Unlimited. The current date is 2101. Construction on the North American Time Line began in 2058, and now its flagship train, the Centuries Unlimited, stops at nine “stations.” Each station is an alternate history with a … Continue reading

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Family Tree

I’ve been working hard on the book I’m calling  The Centuries Unlimited (aka Time Trains aka Raj Station, aka Renaissance Express). Posting my progress here, the first thing I’ve completed is the future family tree of the protagonist (plus a few unrelated supporting characters). Knickerbocker Station … Continue reading

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Snider!

“Watch out for sniders tonight.” I turned away from another breathtaking Rasan sunset. Behind Enrique and Firey Plummet, the moon shone below the glittering webwork of one of the mechs’ space stations. The stars were coming out on my first night on Rasa. “What,” … Continue reading

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Learning Bulgarian: vacations

Here’s a new thing I’m doing: typing up my notes from Bulgarian classes, with highlights that might be interesting for you language-nerds out there. Today we talked about vacations. Here are some interesting words: Stanyavane=check-in, from nastanyavam (to check in), from the … Continue reading

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Amethyst: a Haiku

Born late and alone I play on rocks and wander A cougar eats me Light shining through rock Becoming solid and real I eat the cougar My mouth drips with blood What once was other is me Eating is just … Continue reading

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Five Star Reviews: Aphelion 0.1

Okay, I finally had time to read Aphelion 0.1 by Gloria Reynolds. And I did need that time. First I saw each page as a sort of realistic abstract artwork—lots of pretty words and images. I got emotions: oh, they … Continue reading

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A Piece of Cake

It should have been simple enough for the mining bots. But, you know the English expression about cake? Maybe it doesn’t apply to kozunak. The Easter-bread ingredients weren’t easy to come by. Glucose syrup and yeast cultures came from the bio-labs and could … Continue reading

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Adamics 2: Vocabulary

Looking for meaning in the sounds around them, the first generation of Adamics will turn first to onomatopoeia words. Here are some onomatopoetic words based on human noises crying=wai-wai / feeling sudden pain=wai food being eaten= ama-ama / biting=ama heart beating=tuka-tuka laughing=aha-aha / surprising someone=aha … Continue reading

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