Category Archives: Fantasy

Do Dungeon Masters roll magic dice?

Tony Daniel at Baen commissioned this article from me. I’d been thinking about the role of self-deception in both creating and appreciating stories.

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Glossary for The Precambrian Conspiracy

The Precambrian Conspiracy is either my public-domain project or the real state of affairs. In either case, feel free to set stories in this universe. Ideas are cheap and this is no exception. However, I ask that you give me … Continue reading

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Six Hours, Part 7

We dropped off the guide at the Hop and Brew. I only gave him a twenty, but he was much obliged. Alyx and I met Karen for pizza at Martolli’s, and then we went home. It had been a full … Continue reading

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Six Hours, Part 6

After we passed the fumarole skylights, we went a quarter mile in the dark; the only sound was dripping condensation. The guide lagged until the cavern roof sloped down low; then he brushed past and held up a warding hand … Continue reading

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Six Hours, Part 5

We headed back west, into forest on the lee of Three-Fingered Jack. The road was tough for the Civic. I kept stealing looks at the bagged toad in the guide’s lap. Finally, he signaled a stop at no place in … Continue reading

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Six Hours, Part 3

Our guide grew impatient with my picture-taking of the Sisters mountains. “You’re not going to get a decent shot — no impression of scale. Maybe if you frame them in a window?” “A window?” He led us up over the … Continue reading

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Six Hours, Part 2

At the edge of the Lava Sea, I tried to take his picture. “No,” said the guide, “point that thing away.” I took a picture of Alyx instead. “They’ve started coming out of the plain at night and spark the … Continue reading

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