Monthly Archives: June 2021

Wealthgiver gamma is done!

Wugh! Wealthgiver! My plan was to read through the string of scenes I’d made in the alpha and beta drafts of this book and add what needed adding. Putting the meat around the bones and the heart, you might say. … Continue reading

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Virtual Scifi Triple-Launch!

Hosted by Magers and Quinn book store, we’re celebrating the launch of three new scifi books by Trilby Black, Neil Sharpson and me (Daniel M. Bensen). When: Tuesday July 27th, 11am Minnesota time Where: virtual! How: REGISTER HERE Registration is $5, … 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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Interchange in the mail

Look what arrived in the mail today. Thank you Jennie Goloboy, Don D’auria, and Pavlina, who took the pictures. The virtual launch party is coming up on July 27th. Stay tuned for how you can win some various books, as … 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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May Newsletter: Waste and Sacrifice

There’s a certain mental trap. You’re drawing a map of a far-future Quebec. Or maybe you’re trying to determine a sound change from Proto-Indo-European to Ancient Thracian. In this case,  I was rejiggering an outline. Wealthgiver had hit a block. … Continue reading

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