Tag Archives: speculative biology

Facebook Live: Orbital Biome

Here’s something new. Watch me experiment with Facebook Live! Thrill as I make hand-wavy explanations of aliens and try to make my finger work. What do you think? Should I make more of these?

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Orbital Aliens

Here’s a bad photo of some aliens I made. I’m thinking a lot right now about aliens that live in orbit around an Earthlike planet. Their distant ancestors evolved in the atmosphere of a Jupiter-sized gas giant in the same … Continue reading

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Specbio Questions?

Turns out I’m moderating a panel at Eastercon next week! It’s called “Creating Fantastic Biologies” “If you want to make realistic SF aliens, or realistic fantasy species, where do you start? Our panel discuss how to create fantastic biologies and … Continue reading

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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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