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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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Distributing the future

I’m reading William Gibson right now, so what better time to talk about his quote: “The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” The implication is that we can look at those people with access to … Continue reading

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Five Star Review: Dichronauts

I haven’t been this surprised and entertained by world building for a long time, and I was beginning to think I had outgrown science fiction. I hadn’t. I just didn’t know how far it could go. The geometry of the … Continue reading

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Humans are to zebras as giant floating brain-jellyfish are to humans

https://danbensen.tumblr.com/post/162663268025/viergacht-danbensen-showerthoughtsofficial Ooh! Ooh! Okay. Creature idea! A giant floating brain-jellyfish that can move very slowly but across any terrain. In the past, they crafted darts which they threw with great distance and accuracy, but in the past 10,000 years they … Continue reading

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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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