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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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Petrolea 17b

More warnings as the juvenile Dragon spread his little wings and engaged his jet engines. Hot streams of exhaust bracketed Feroza’s body, pointing downward at the onrushing protectors of the crater. One large Dragon veered away from those columns of … Continue reading

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Petrolea 17a

Chapter 17 “Fold your arms,” Feroza told Victor, “before Biggles and Rusty have a chance to bite them off.” Following her own advice violated every instinct Feroza had. Falling monkeys splayed their limbs, trying to snag branches and use air … Continue reading

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Petrolea 16d

“She doesn’t want to cross into that crater,” said Feroza. “It’s nothing ‘she’ wants. The tripwire programming rides the Dragon as much as we do.” Victor coded as cleverly and efficiently as he could, setting up macros to run macros … Continue reading

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Petrolea 16c

“Does it matter?” asked Victor. “One rocket or many, we have a way to get our slave mechanoid into orbit.” “I suppose so,” said Feroza. “If anything, the fact that there are so many Rocket-seeds in one place must mean … Continue reading

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