Tag Archives: speculative biology

Alternatives to water 3: literature review

Start here with my quest for alternatives to water as the solvent for speculative biochemistry, and here’s a brief side-step to talk about water vapor. It might be clear at this point that my chemistry background isn’t quite solid (ha! … Continue reading

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I’m on GanBreeder

You want to see more of this nonsense? Follow me on GanBreeder and keep an eye out for this stuff to show up in my books 😉

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Wheeler!

Look at this lovely glasslands wheeler Joschua Knüppe drew on an alien art stream! I’m glad he’s enjoying Junction.

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Alternatives to water?

Here’s an old old specbio question. We on Earth are made of fat suspended in sugary seawater. That is, phospholipids, with one pole salty and water-loving and the other pole oily and water-hating, surround blobs of water to form cells. … Continue reading

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Alternatives to water 2: water…vapor?

This post is a sequel to this one about alternatives to water-based biochemistry. Or maybe a side-quel, because actually I am talking about water. Water vapor! Imagine a cloud of droplets, each with some sugars dissolved in it, each surrounded by … Continue reading

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Axes of Assymetry

I read Your Inner Fish and got inspired for a new creature:) So we humans are bilaterally symmetrical, with a functional difference between front and back, and another between back and belly. But there’s no functional difference between left and … Continue reading

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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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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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Five Star Reviews: Redemption’s Blade

Redepmtion’s Blade by Adrien Tchaikovski Wow. Finally, the thoughtful, exciting, trope-subverting collision of fantasy and speculative biology I’ve been waiting for. So you’ve got your standard Tolkienian fantasy world with humans, elves, and demigods versus a Dark Lord and his … Continue reading

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Junction to be published in January!

When Japanese nature show host Daisuke Matsumori finds himself on an alien world, he hopes to rekindle his passion for his work. Traveling through a newly-discovered wormhole in the Papuan highlands, he joins biologist Anne Houlihan on Junction, a patchwork … Continue reading

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