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Four Star Book Reviews: Semiosis

Semiosis by Sue Burke Semiosis is less a novel than a book of short stories, each of which recounts another generation of the history of a human colony on an exoplanet. I had trouble with the beginning, but after I … Continue reading

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Audio Junction!

Na zdrave again! We’re toasting with a Starosel Merlot the announcement that we’ve sold Junction‘s audiobook rights to Tantor Audio. I just listened to a Tantor book last week, and I can’t wait to hear a posh British accent reading … Continue reading

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Tyrannosaur Queen: Worldcon promo

Hello everyone! I’m here in lovely San Jose, enjoying a splendid worldcon, and I want to spread the love. Until the end of worldcon, my time travel romance Groom of the Tyrannosaur Queen is free on Amazon. Now go lop … Continue reading

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Complain to the Armenian priest

I’m putting the finishing touches on The Sultan’s Enchanter right now, including adding in some salty Bulgarian idioms. These include what I am loosely translating as “so I should open some jam for you?” (kompot da li  ti otvorya?) and “you can … Continue reading

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The Three Seas

Not many words today. You have to look at things. Like this. LOOK AT THIS! I was thinking about a Mediterranean-type sea, but with three outlets to the world ocean rather than two. Our world has the straits of Gibraltar … Continue reading

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Ensuring Collective Prosperity

Here’s the answer to the linguistic puzzle I posted on Friday. I showed you what a passage on 22nd-century political theory sounded like, and perhaps the most common way it might be spelled. To help you along, here’s the maximally conservative … Continue reading

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Future language!

I worked so hard on these lines. Vivek thrust his nose in the air and affected a slushy Present Day drawl, “Some undisciplintt fewp setch me, officah! ‘Z vrath smutt lait alcohol ‘n shradu chat ma calothas prrojectah! Wet des, … Continue reading

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Flying Gangster Cars

I’ve been thinking about The Centuries Unlimited’s flying cars. Black Station split off from canonical history when a bunch of 22nd-century technology was dumped on it in 1929, so it has a Diesel-Punk aesthetic with gangsters and trenchcoats. I considered … Continue reading

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Dhih tauj nayin Payauld Thayth

You what I want to do? Put modern English (of the General American variety) through the sound-changes that Proto-Indo-European went through to get here. In other words, what might English sound like in five thousand years?   I /aɪ/ > … Continue reading

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Timeline 9

I’m watching a lot of DS9 right now and reading alternate history and I can’t help but imagine a drama centered around: Flightless vampire bats from a timeline where South America never connected to North America, the Fair Ones built … Continue reading

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