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The future(s) of English(es)

I’m thinking about The Renaissance Express. Like, a lot a lot. And one of the things that bears some thought it the future of the English language. What will English look like five hundred years hence? If we compare the future evolution … Continue reading

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Yes, Your Velociraptors Must Have Feathers and Other Concessions to Reality

From Love in a Time of Chasmosaurs Universal Studios had a good reason for using giant lizards rather than real dinosaurs in Jurassic World. They didn’t want to make just any old dinosaur movie, they wanted to continue the Jurassic Park franchise, and Jurassic … Continue reading

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My Favorite Bit with Mary Robinette Kowal

What would it be like to meet a tyrannosaur? That’s the question that everyone who works with dinosaurs wants to answer. What did this animal look like? How did it behave? What sounds did it make? What smells? How did … Continue reading

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How Dinosaurs can fix your Flower Garden

A museum worker I follow once commented on the kids who come up to him and asked to be directed to the “dinosaur plants.” Adorable. Can’t you just picture that dinosaur plant, spiky and gnarled, primeval mists dripping off its … Continue reading

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The lazy hero

This is a response/continuation of a request posted on tumblr: “what I want to see is a story in which the practical dedicated young warrior receives a prophecy that one day they’re going to save the world from great evil and uses it … Continue reading

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How dinosaurs can fix your Marriage

  My agent gave me a wonderful rule for romantic plots: “Make sure the partners in the relationship deserve each other.” Unless your book is very short, your lovers don’t get together immediately. They might like or be attracted to … Continue reading

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How Dinosaurs can fix your need for speed

I self-published Groom of the Tyrannosaur Queen on the first of January, but before that, the book sat in my trunk for two and a half years. In the last editing-run through I did in preparation for publishing, I was … Continue reading

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How dinosaurs can fix your Writing Routine

I wrote my newest book, Groom of the Tyrannosaur Queen, while my wife was pregnant, and by the time I got around to publishing it, I had two daughters, 3 years two months old, respectively. Needless to say, my work … Continue reading

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How Dinosaurs can fix your Time Machine

You know what I hate about time travel? Time travel tropes. Oh no, the future is the past and the past is the future! It turns out that by trying to prevent the thing, you caused the thing! The 1983 … Continue reading

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Tyrannosaur Queen chapters 1 and 2

Sorry, guys. I am battling the last week of work, a bout of random lactose intolerance, and my daughters. I am not going to get a Wonderful Awful Idea done this week. So, to tide you over until January, here’s … Continue reading

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