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The Hinterlands

Whew, what a vacation that was. I even got a chance to talk to my wife. We discussed urbanization. Our terrible vision of a future: extreme urbanization where cities are pressure-cookers of both problems and their solutions. The problem-solution cycle … Continue reading

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The Speculative Dinosaur Project

  Those of you with long memories might remember that I was involved in the Speculative Dinosaur Project back when I was in high school. The project is moribund now, but it’s still getting attention. Nikolay Kilyachkov is one such … Continue reading

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A space shanty

https://danbensen.tumblr.com/post/161005970385/blame-my-muses-so-this-whole-conversation I left my alter drifting In another quantum brane His eyes are sort of shifty But we’re otherwise the same If the timeline branches one way I’m alive and he is dead But if we go the other Then … Continue reading

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Humans are not adorable

Something I feel would fit comfortably into the New Frontiers universe: http://viergacht.tumblr.com/post/159075455392/humans-are-adorable Text: Pft! Please. The alien who wrote that is obviously an fan-grub who has only seen pictures of humans on the ansible. Those of us who actually work … Continue reading

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Let slip the Birds of War!

This started as a conversation with the Great Khan Melissa Walshe about how Central Asian horse nomads like the Mongols had a big advantage over city-dwelling people (hint: the answer is “horses.”) Melissa isn’t a horse nomad, but she does raise chickens and she … 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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Junction Delta is done!

Junction draft delta is done! 2/24/2017 89,000 words Daisuke Matsumori faked a smile and held out a dead mouse. The little corpse dangled by its tail, its eyes closed, its toes clenched, observed by the cassowary. Finished while listening to: … Continue reading

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I’m not an Autobot, I’m an Atheist

I’ve just finished Fables for Robots by Stanislaw Lem. What a ride! Intergalactic electroknights, the creation of the universe, mad robotic philosophy struggling to come to grips with the gulf between the natural and the artificial. It basically read as … 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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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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