90 Dragons! with Dan Koboldt and Tex Thompson


The Dragons of Petrolea


Last year I talked with Tex Thompson and Dan Koboldt about dragons. Now, in celebration of the publication of PETROLEA, my novella about dragons, here’s that podcast again 😉

Dan Koboldt’s in-the-works short story which he describes as Jurassic Park meets the Build-a-Bear Workshop

Dessert Cake Dragons


Vann Neuman robots

Apex predators

Nothing gets people fired up like dragons! Ho ho!

The Dragons of Eden by Carl Sagan

Bulgarian Dragons


Fairy tales are more than true — not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.

Naomi Novic

The economic impact of Smaug

The fire in the Song of Ice and Fire

Dealing with Dragons

Tex’s beef with my little pony

The token normal guy with a sword

The Sharing Knife series

African cell phones

Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence

And that’s why we’re amazing


A dragon head and much magnified “factor”





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  • See also “The Magical 1%” (http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/02/08/writing-excuses-10-6-the-worldbuilding-revolves-around-me-the-magical-1/) on Writing Excuses and Abby Goldsmith’s “Hereditary Magic Leads to Tyranny” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r1VUZ5HILY&feature=youtu.be)

    Looks like everybody is talking about this all of a sudden!

    • Abby

      Oh hey! Thanks for posting a link!

      • Of course! And let me know if your vlog has other tie-ins with my podcast. I haven’t watched them all yet:)

  • Sara3346 .

    I’m glad you mentioned the flight of dragons, if only in passing.

    It was a great book, I looved the blimp angle.

    • I know, right? I watched the movie and then read a book called The Dragon and the George by Gordon R. Dickson. Is that the book you’re talking about?

      • Sara3346 .

        Yes, although I was unsure about the whole melting bones(cores, constantly regrow ing if I recal) to produce gas and acid blood aspect.

        • Ew. I don’t remember that, and it doesn’t make much sense. 🙂

      • Sara3346 .

        Indeed it was, great speculative biology although I cared nothing for the illustrations as they depicted in animal very different from the one described in the text.

  • Sara3346 .

    I also think the way the show, Magi The Kingdom Of Magic handled the problems of magical discrimination, in fact a lot of the show seems to be about it.

  • Sean Cusack

    My friend actually read a story that deals with the negative effects of magic supremacy incredibly well. The First Law Triology is a quintessential example of this, where the “nice” Gandalf-like magician turns out to have been playing the protagonists into doing his dirty work and is no better than the “evil” wizard. In fact, the only difference between the two wizards is that the “good” wizard succeeded in planting his rule, in forcing others to do his bidding, and in controlling demons where the “evil” wizard failed. It ends up leading to a really depressing and f**ked up ending.

    • Oh yes, the Blade Itself (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/944073.The_Blade_Itself). Yes, there seems to be some kind of war going on among the wizards, who are using the non-magical Point Of View characters as pawns. That IS a good example of a fantasy told almost entirely from the point of view of the non-magical characters (the exception is that one guy in Served Cold). I wonder if there are other examples.

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