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Human mutant abilities

This is an old blog from my days on Deviantart that I’m resurrecting here. John Conway’s future humans and of course ‘s All Tomorrows (and Dougal Dixon’s weirdness, yes yes) all talk about human future evolution. But they’re all influenced by … Continue reading

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Yeah be yeah

My daughter developed a new catch phrase that I first thought was “yippy-yeah!” On closer inspection, however, she is being even more adorable. “Yeah be yeah” would be a literal translation of the Bulgarian “da be da.” Da, obviously, means … Continue reading

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Pastor Marx

Dedicated to Melissa Walshe, who I’m sure wants no part in this madness. Looking at the past through the lens of the present, it is tempting for modern historians to assign to Karl Marx motivations that almost certainly did not belong to … Continue reading

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Publicity for Novels with Mike Underwood

    This bi-week I’m talking with Mike Underwood, multi-talented author of (urban fantasy) Geekomancy, (epic fantasy) Shield and Crocus, and (well, you’ll see) Genrenauts. He’s also one of the hosts of the Hugo-nominated Skiffy and Fanty Show, and he works for Angry Robot as their North American Sales … Continue reading

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Post-scarcity Poverty

File this one under gritty post-singularity space-operas… Let’s imagine a post-scarcity economy. You done yet? Good. Now, what about this economy’s poor? In a far-future utopia where people can conjure matter and energy out of the quantum foam, nobody starves, nobody freezes or runs … Continue reading

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A Dream of Junction

The following is based on a dream I had a couple of years ago that grew into the world of Junction (called “Router” in this earlier version). You’ll note a lot of details have changed, but I still kind of like this … Continue reading

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English negatives are HARD!

My daughter has an easier time with saying “no” in Bulgarian than she does in English. In Bulgarian, all she has to do is move the verb to the start of the sentence ,and insert the word “ne” before it and she’s … Continue reading

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Excising the Heart

Princess Borjigin’s tutors insisted that the Gi could only be mastered through emotional purity, intuition, and skill. She was instructed to let her feelings guide her, as when painting, singing, or composing poetry. Borjigin was terrible at painting, singing, and poetry. … Continue reading

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104 Worldbuilding for YA with Aimee Hyndman

I’m talking with Aimee Hyndman about Hour of Mischief out now from Curiosity Quills about genre, turning short stories to long ones, and YA tropes. Cogpunk or Clockpunk or whatever it’s called Did you think ‘I want this to have lots of clocks in … Continue reading

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Cold Europe

If there were no Gulf Stream, what would European history look like? Colder, for one thing. With Athens and Rome on the latitudes of Chicago and Indianapolis, civilization would be off to a slow start. Egyptians would probably do fine (I am told … Continue reading

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