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85 Spanish SFF with Elías Combarro and Leticia Lara

  This week I’m talking with Elías Combarro of Sense of Wonder and Leticia Lara of Fantástica – Ficción about Spanish-language science fiction and fantasy. Los VerdHugos: the sci-fi and fantasy podcast of Elias and Leticia along with Miquel Codony, Josep Maria Oriol, and Pedro Roman. … Continue reading

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Beware the Wolf

What’s this? Oh, nothing, just a quote I found while skimming The Astral Plane, its Scenery, Inhabitants, and Phenomena “…there are certain circumstances under which the body may be seized upon by other astral entities and materialized, not into the … Continue reading

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Bulgarian Kinship Terms are Great!

In this season of family drama, you might be wishing for a simpler system kinship  terms. Why not call all older people one thing and all younger people something else, for example, like in Piraha? Wouldn’t that be nice? Well, if … Continue reading

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84 Technological Frontiers with Kim Moravec

I’m talking again with Kim Moravec about technological frontiers and the YA novel she is querying agents about. There are good reasons for anonymity on the internet. Not just to bully people you disagree with. Bahá’ís in Iran The Mars Trilogy Internet … Continue reading

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The Renaissance Express

The train to 1650 is an old model. Twenty-third century auto-modeled bacterial plastic: as charmless as a padded cell. It’s more of a waiting room than anything else, grinding along on its big, U-shaped track, flicking with the speed of nothing to … Continue reading

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Japanese Numerical Classifiers are Great!

While surfing on youtube for videos to watch with my daughter, I came across this gem: What’s it about? Why, counters, of course. (scroll down for a translation) Numerical classifiers (or “counters”) in Japanese (josuushi or 助数詞) are just what they sound … Continue reading

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Why I am Dissapointed

I think the Missouri Grand Jury’s acquittal of Darren Wilson was a legal, political, and moral failure. Let’s say you disagree. That’s okay. I don’t hate you, but here’s why I think you should change your mind. My understanding is … Continue reading

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83 Digital Privacy with Kim Moravec

  I’m talking with Kim Moravec, computer scientist, prison teacher (seriously), and writer of FINNEGAN’S AWAKE. We discuss her book and search for a literary agent, as well as digital privacy, and why it’s important. Tex Thompson the DFW Writers Workshop … Continue reading

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Dragons

Yes, I do sometimes still draw. This is a bit of speculative biology I took up back in August at the behest of Dan Koboldt, who wanted a picture of a dragon. This…isn’t that. Instead what I did was think about … Continue reading

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Ars Magica: How to tell a Charming Lie

From CHARMING LIES, my historical fantasy book, soon to be finished. ~~~ A Few Words on Magic: What the uneducated call “magic” is in fact mind-control through sensual pleasure. While the subject enjoys something, the source of that joy (“charm”) … Continue reading

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