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The Fifth Day of Junction: The Dissection of the Shmoo

Here’s a sample of some of the monsters that will eat people in Junction. *w* “The bullet was stopped inside the shmoo’s body,” said Anne. “But it didn’t hit a bone. This thing doesn’t seem to have any. And this … Continue reading

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Five Star Book Review: Ra

After reading Fine Structure I went on a feverish search for other books by Sam Hughes. And I found out he wrote another book after Fine Structure, and it was even better. If Fine Structure was about “what if technology were a … Continue reading

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Five Star book reviews: Fine Structure

The first thing you need to know about Sam Hughes’s Fine Structure  is that it was originally serialized on the author’s webpage. That’s why (especially towards the beginning) the “chapters” are so all over the place. In a way, this … Continue reading

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The Pursuit

The Pursuit of Common Goals is the political union/philosophical school that represents a species of papionine, related to baboons and geladas (and more distantly to crested mangabeys). Pursuers (as members of the Pursuit are called) are convergently similar to humans, … Continue reading

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Small, medium, large stories

I’m trying a new technique with planning Fellow Tetrapod: asking myself: “what are the small, medium, and large stories of this novel?” Here are the answers: A biologist tries to open a restaurant, get a girlfriend, and find meaning in … Continue reading

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Five Star Book Reviews: The Nearest

The Nearest by Greg Egan Oh, my holy hendra virus! How does Greg Egan so reliably reach into my psyche and squeeze? Why is everything he writes such a masterpiece? I can’t say much about “The Nearest” without giving away … Continue reading

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The Homo sapiens Long Term Evolution Experiment

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Save us from the Whale

“People need a way to stave off the constant possibility that common understanding may break down.” — N.J. Enfield, How We Talk Royal tangs wobbled serenely between the softly undulating tentacles of sea anemones. Bubbles rose in a shimmering curtain. The … Continue reading

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Rotifers (1)

Behold! The Trochate Rotifers! Like all rotifers, trochates have three body segments: head, trunk, and foot. The head and trunk are supported internally by a calcified skeleton evolved from the mastax (used in basal rotifers to process food). The mastax’s … Continue reading

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Tandem: a better story

Earlier this week, I asked for writing prompts, and the inimitable Emil Minchev responded: “Remember Solo? Do the opposite” Okay, so…IN THE DISTANT FUTURE, IN THIS VERY GALAXY… A wealthy, middle-aged woman named Foong Tandem stays on her comfortable, safe, … Continue reading

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