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Ding ding!

And I’m back from vacation with black circles under my eyes and the Trolls sound track in my head. But I did manage have a conversation with my wife! We talked about Wallstreet. “We call Europe and Asia ‘conservative markets,’” she … Continue reading

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The Scifi Rock Opera

I wrote this on the bus <Quazzon Emissary> We came from a distant society To question your culture’s moralety You’ve got forty days to revise all your mores Or you‘ll become slaves to our empathy! <humans> Oh ohhhh! Tremble with … Continue reading

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Ropes Course

Happy birthday to Simon Roy! He makes scifi comics and has a Patreon. Yup. Go give him money and read his stuff. And if you want something more to read, here’s a new Fellow Tetrapod story. “Shambling ape!” Cawed the … Continue reading

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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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