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82 Ethics with Steve Bein

I’m talking again with Steve Bein about his new Japanese police-procedural Disciple of the Wind. If I abuse you, you still have civil rights. If a cop abuses you, you don’t. The dreaded (possibly apocryphal) “cross-roads cut” Voltaire, not Ben Parker, guys … Continue reading

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Saving the World, Kojiki-style

“According to this scroll, we must assemble the Magatama before the Empress of Yomi BLOTS OUT THE SUN!” “Quickly, give me the Mirror and warn Amaterasu!” “Are you crazy? That thing will incinerate anyone who doesn’t have imperial blood.” “Imperial blood, … Continue reading

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Bulgarian Evidentials and Why They are Great

Ah, Bulgarian. What a great language. It’s the only Slavic language without declension, and it’s got post-positional articles, diminutive verbs, a homely little question particle, and a phonology you can actually pronounce… But wait there’s more! Order now, and Bulgarian … Continue reading

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81 One Night in Sixes with Tex Thompson

Can we talk more about Tex Thompson’s One Night in Sixes? Yes, let’s. This week’s podcast is a little weird: it’s from a conversation Tex and I had about her book and what I liked about it. The Qadi Carrie Patel’s The … Continue reading

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Unlost Worlds

Here’s another crack at this idea. Throughout history, besieged peoples have evacuated their homes to settle on parallel Earths (think the Long Earth). They keep doing so, so militarily weaker cultures get pushed “away” from home-Earth by more recent refugees. Until … Continue reading

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7 Dangerous Myths about Zehra Yilmaz

My first piece of fan-stuff for New Frontiers, centered on its heroine, the scary “exo-erotic diplomat” who loves aliens for the sake of the European Union. Seven Dangerous Myths About Zehra: —doesn’t mix business and pleasure —has phenomenal impulse control … Continue reading

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Bulgarian familial terminology is great!

As complicated as it is to spend time with your family, you may wish your language used a simpler terminology. Imagine a language where there is no word for “mother.” Instead, you have “woman-parent.” No brothers or sisters, just “man-sibling” … Continue reading

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80 Being Professional with Dan Koboldt

  I’m talking with author Dan Koboldt again about the sort of things you have to talk about with your literary agent. The scariest words possible Charles Stross, who was probably always super-cool Absolute Writer Water Cooler Hashtags for aspiring writers: #tenqueries #sffpit #badqueries … Continue reading

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A Predator’s History

  Happy Halloween, everyone! Let’s talk about zmeys. A zmey (змей, sometimes inaccurately translated as “dragon”) is a creature from Balkan mythology. They fly, they have scales, they can shape-shift, and they like to either eat or have sex with … Continue reading

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79 Querying and Self-Control with Dan Koboldt

I’m talking with author Dan Koboldt about passing yourself off as a professional author. The first real podcast that I did Fake it till you make it Jennie Goloboy of Red Sofa Literary Query Tracker “Query Moguls” like Anne Mini … Continue reading

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