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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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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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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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Diminishing Returns

Last week I talked about networking versus platforming, and both dovetail quite nicely with something I was talking with Tex recently: Diminishing Returns. There are some fancier graphs out there, but I think this one illustrates my point like…REALLY well. … Continue reading

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Gods domesticate humans

I’ve been thinking about hereditary magic a lot lately. The problem is if magical ability is heritable (like in Star Wars, for example) what you’ve got is a master race: a population with an ability that places them above other … Continue reading

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