Tag: science fiction


Firestarters: First Prototype

Firestarters prototypes

A few weeks ago I printed my first prototypes for Firestarters, card decks I'm designing to help game masters, writers, and other creative nerds come up with ideas through random inspiration. I have three themed decks: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Modern. Each card lists words and phrases in various categories hand-picked …

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Post-Apocalyptic Radio Broadcasts

All the prayers I have left, gathered by scraping
out my skull with the most thorough spatula I own,
are those beginning with the vacuously conditional
"If you exist" and ending with an endless asymptotic descent
toward wordlessness. Undead moaning. Whoever,
whatever, if, if—Have mercy! God(s) or goddess …
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Dinosaurs (from Earth) from Space!

triceratops in a flying saucer

Alternate prehistory: The dinosaurs were not wiped out by a comet, but an environmental catastrophe of their own making, possibly caused by weapons of mass destruction. (Some species, such as velociraptor, were sapient and civilized.) The wealthiest and most politically powerful among them escaped earth in spaceships (bringing along some …

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The World We're Living In

I create worlds.

When someone says that, you can assume one of a few possibilities: A) he's a god who has taken human form, B) he has access to godlike technology, or C) he's a nerd. For better or worse, I inhabit the last category. I create imaginary worlds for …

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Prophetic Writing, Stories, and Teachable Hearts

You want to be a missionary?
You got that missionary zeal?
Let a stranger change your life
How's that make you feel?
You want to be a writer
But you don't know how or when
Find a quiet place
Use a humble pen

You want to talk, talk, talk about …
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