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18 Worldbuilding with Simon Roy and C.M. Kosemen

LISTEN to podcast To celebrate the publishing of my Martian Sherlock Holmes short story, “The Lords of the World,” this is a re-release of a conversation I had with Simon Roy and Memo Kosemen back in 2013. Today we’ve ganged up to talk … Continue reading

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Lords of the World: First Lines

A little something to whet your appetite for “The Lords of the World” available now from Alternate History Fiction magazine. Someone to see you, Singh. I signed from the lavatory doorway. “I am vast,” he replied, “I am cold, I am … Continue reading

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Gomi-san

“Oi! Gomi-san. Gomi-san da!” This shift, Tomás Montalban was a gomishuushuusha, A garbage truck. He swiped the screen that swiveled his right-hand camera and surveyed the sidewalk. There was a little boy waving at him, smiling. Tomás smiled back, although the kid couldn’t … Continue reading

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The Lords of the World

“The Lords of the World” is a detective story in the style of Arthur Conan Doyle, set in a world of H.G. Wells’ Martian Invasion. It is available here from Alternate History Fiction magazine. When a damsel in distress turns out to be … Continue reading

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Domesticated Velociraptors

What would the world be like if you could hire Velociraptor rides for your daughter’s birthday, race them through jungles, or buy them at the local pet store? Fourteen authors from around the world delve into the prospect of domesticated … Continue reading

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Some Notes for The Centuries Unlimited

If science fiction is about what we think the future will look like, an alternate history with a Point of Divergence in 1929 (when people from the future arrived bearing technological gifts) should look a lot like 1920s scifi. So a survey … Continue reading

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The Light of History

Sometimes you just get sideswiped by inspiration. This week, Wonderful Awful Ideas is coming early.   Behold the Tree of Worlds: Yewdharma.* Its roots are sunk deep in the quantum bedrock of creation, invisible at the infinitely distant convergence of … Continue reading

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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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