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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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Baby talks! (10 months) 2

I just came out of a grueling four-day weekend where the weather was bad, my wife and I were sick, and we spent almost the whole time locked up in our apartment with our children. I AM going to talk … Continue reading

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Cold ghosts

The hardest part of fighting ghosts is you have to do it cool. Ghosts eat heat, so any energy you pour into your weapons systems only makes them stronger. That’s why we need to capture them, of course, but it … Continue reading

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