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 :)

Yes, we have no Bananas

“So you decided to escape the USA when they stopped serving bananas?” The coyote had a Canadian accent and smiled as the drones buzzed by overhead. He was either very confident his hacking or blissed out on auto-meditation. Maybe both. … Continue reading

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The Vbyinu Sea

It started with the corvids of Bulgaria, of which there are many.  Then I turned to awkwords, a random word generator I’ve played with before. One fun technique is to give the program a bank of sounds and a model for … Continue reading

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Leviathan

This picture is dedicated to Emil Minchev, who beta-read The Goose’s Wing and told me the end was better than the beginning. Phew! He asked for the leviathan cross , which is the alchemical symbol for sulfur, apparently? I don’t see how … Continue reading

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A Distinct Extinction

If extinctions are random in their effect, then replaying them will yield very different results. In this case, the dice (actually it was a random number generator) spelled oblivion for the crocodiles and pterosaurs, and obscurity for turtles and lizards, … Continue reading

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New Cities

I don’t have much this week, but I do have any idea about making up European-sounding city names. Split the names of European capital cities up into syllables (Am Ster Dam etc) Some syllables are empty, some are spaces.* Plug … Continue reading

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My Utopia-Makework

No that’s not just French written in a stupid font! As yeli-renrong notes, the above message is “a Balto-Slavic–Japanese creole that happens to resemble French,” with the pronunciation /ˈjaw̥pʁʲendʁɛˀ ʰmnɛ lɔnʲˈgujɛ əse ʁɛntsˈnonˀtʁʲeʁ weˈmøndə/. But what does it mean? Things will be … Continue reading

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Macedonian Andzhija

“Bokaθa, чoθa ŭee tu efŭe on Mъra is to mar-grяθa kuцa on masaθa. Mъra ŭil unzъrstanst meθъs bokiцe ŭilneŭol яm яk efŭe. Tu me яm efŭe!*” Thus begins the 19-th century novel Чenaθa mя Mъro** (“Maria, my Wife!”), by Uiktar Konstantzinthas, the popular novel of … Continue reading

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Far Future Evolution

Predicting the future is a mug’s game, but I’ma do it anyway! It’s not like I’ll be around in a billion years to be corrected. There are trends to evolution (even if only statistical artifacts ala Steven Jay Gould) and … Continue reading

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The Guns of the Commonwealth

A new althist idea: compromise forestalls the Civil War and allows slavery, but non-slave statesjoin Canada.

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The Chinese Roman Empire

Okay. I swear I am only going to spend half an hour on this. NOT ALL DAY. NO SIR! So here we go. According to this very reliable historical document, the city of Lomes (L. Loumasia) was settled by Chinese … Continue reading

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