Tag Archives: speculative biology

Flights of Foundry Specbio panel

This is the video of the specbio panel I moderated last year at Flights of Foundry. I’m a little slow getting started, but my guests had some excellent things to say, so  please skip ahead a few minutes and hear … Continue reading

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Giant Mouse

I made a challenge for the participants in the Build a Better Monster workshop: make a mouse the size of an elephant. In my original sketch I gave it a long mobile tail (moving the elephant’s trunk onto its bottom), … Continue reading

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Building a Better Monster 1/4

This is part 1 of a speculative biology workshop I gave to Amber Royer’s Saturday Nite Write group. We had a great time with the first exercise: what would a mouse look like if it was the size of an … Continue reading

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Fishes out of Water

Some experiments with walking fishes. Start with a fish (0) – this one is a teleost. Note the pectoral fins are right above (dorsal of) the pelvic fins. The first tetrapods (1) evolved from lobe-finned fishes with the pelvic fins … Continue reading

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Announcement: Speculative Biology workshop

If you’re interested in specbio, you’re welcome at my workshop this Saturday “Making a Better Monster” hosted by @amber_royer and Saturday Night Write. If you don’t have access to facebook, it’s SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2021 AT 8 PM – 10 … Continue reading

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Digeridoo the whippo

Digeridoo, the monument-building “whippomorph” who gives our heroes some problems to solve in the very first scene I wrote for Fellow Tetrapod. Digeridoo’s version of India never collided with Asia, and the muddy mangrove swamps of the north Indian coast … Continue reading

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Appendix (a New Frontiers Story)

I remember I was out on a mission with my translator Plamen. We were way out in Aaha space, trying to sell a magnetic confinement fusion device as “human folk art.” Here was the scam: you take this stellarator coil, which … Continue reading

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Petrolea 18b

Only one year. Victor bit his lip. He knew that once the station had gestated its new landers, he and Feroza would have company on the back of the Leviathan, and their honeymoon would be over. But ships from Earth … Continue reading

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Petrolea 18a

Chapter 18 “When beaten, gold shines.” “What was that?” asked Feroza. “I think the saying fits this place pretty well.” Victor spread his arms to indicate the cavernous space where they had slept. The whole thing, alien frescos, gargoyles, and … Continue reading

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Petrolea 17c

“Victor!” Feroza flung up her arms and Rusty, chasing them, climbed, engines screaming. “Copy and rebroadcast these signals.” Frantically, she scrolled down menus in her visor, broadcasting the draconic communication signals she had recorded on the Leviathan’s back. “Help,” she … Continue reading

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