Category Archives: Wonderful, Awful Ideas

Every Friday I post weird ideas that come into my head. Or maybe they come into your head and you tell me about them.

In either case, I’ll do a little write up. It might be in-world, it might just be a description. Then we talk about it. Wait for several years, and maybe some of these ideas will end up in one of my novels :)

Just a bit of fun with magic knives

http://danbensen.tumblr.com/post/157452199175/brucesterling-i-would-buy-one-of-these-if-i When the Becalmer looms over you, shadows writhing on its talons as it reaches toward your pituitary gland. But the handcuffs that they used to chain you to the chair are iron. With an effort of will easier to … Continue reading

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The Ottoman Socialist Republic?

Gasp! An alternate history map that DOESN’T have a “Bulgaria” in it! And I don’t think it’s plausible. Okay, let’s say that the Freedom and Accord Party was more Marxist than IRL and they managed to kill or drive off … Continue reading

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I have a crazy idea for a Steven Universe alternate timeline

…in which Bizmuth shattered Rose Quartz and lead a protracted war against Homeworld. Five thousand years later, Earth has mostly been disassembled, but Mars, Venus, and several moons have been terraformed by human slaves. Wanting a weapon but unwilling to make … Continue reading

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DeoThriller

On the northern slope of Mount Olympus, lightning struck out of the cloudless blue sky and an oak tree burst into flame. Glowing brighter than should any normally burning wood, the trunk split. It revealed a perfectly unharmed human baby. … Continue reading

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Terrestrial Vertebrates

  The Convention of Sapient Species, the second largest known multi-timeline legal union, encompasses over a hundred sapient species from nearly as many parallel Earths. A few of those species are related to humans, their timelines having diverged within the … Continue reading

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Queen of Pawns

“Oh I am altered now for good altered now for good Shield these eyes no more shield these eyes no more” –Vienna Teng, “Landsailor” Have you heard of Moral Foundations Theory? It posits that people have 5 (or maybe 6) … Continue reading

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Self-replicating Talismans

http://danbensen.tumblr.com/post/154672173585/i-have-a-philosophical-question Here’s the text: In books like Garth Nixon’s Abhorsen, and even in Spellwright, some person (human, spirit, or god) has to read the magical signs and understand them in order to “translate” them into magical action. That’s magical-as-human-language. In … Continue reading

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Molasses Empire

Many cultures spread along with their crops. Wheat and Barley east and west from Mesopotamia, Rice west from China, and the agonizingly slow crawl of Maize north and south from Central America. But no spread of crops and ideas was … Continue reading

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Birds and Beasts

The wormhole casts harsh rainbow light across the moon rocks, and the Ambassador of the Dominated Parturitions of the Fwit Earth struts through. In his environment suit , he looks like a character from a children’s cartoon — a puffy … Continue reading

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7 8 9

Oh my God, I am so sorry. http://danbensen.tumblr.com/post/153552863425/bogleech-pemsylvania-idk-why-im-confessing (in case you can’t see the embedded text) I made up stories about (numbers). 5 is a neurotic authoritarian who wants everything just so. 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30. Ah, so … Continue reading

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