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SOLARPUNK: REAL SOLUTIONS FOR THE TWENTY-TEENS
I have called this blog, “The Worlds We Long For” to ask how we can create communities more in harmony
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Winter Blahs
I am having the winter blahs; how about you? Although we’ve had an open winter without a whole lot of
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Real Life, Invented Worlds: The Marsh Arabs
When you are writing speculative environmental fiction about future worlds (as in the solarpunk and cli-fi genres) you embellish present-day
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Mollusks and Mathematics
Did you know that the chambered nautilus, unfurling in iridescent spirals, was “one of the first shapes in nature to
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A FROLIC OF FOOLS
Funny Jokes? Charades? Wild Dancing? Silly Games?  Feeling Foolish?
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Father Robin’s Solstice Sermon
I don’t preach when I write fiction: it’s all derring-do and story telling. But, just once, I let Father Robin
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Eels!
My original encounters with eels were not pleasant. My mother, fond of roasted eel, liked me to catch them for
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Real Life, Invented Worlds: Ocean Sailing
  When a schooner shifts and then tacks into the wind, heeling steeply, how does it feel down below?
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Solarpunk! Who’dathunk?
Dystopian novelists create worlds so deep in disaster that, by targeting the horrors, they nudge their readers to think about better solutions,  You wouldn’t think it,
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CLI-FI! Oh My!
Exploring the blogosphere last week, I found a forum sponsored by Science Fiction and Fantasy World  on a whole new genre –
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Nature as Paradise
When we think of nature as paradise, we envision our ideal first home, the Garden of Eden, in all of its
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Plotting Evil
Once I suspended my descriptions of ideal communities every couple of chapters to insert thoroughly bad goings on, I found
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Writing Evil
“Bring your evil closer in,” remarked my agent. “You are keeping it too much at a distance.” “You need to
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HOW I BECAME A CITIZEN SCIENTIST, AND YOU CAN TOO
Review of Sharman Apt Russell, Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the
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Children’s Games
As far as children are concerned, adults belong to another species entirely, possessed with this crazy idea that that children
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A Game of Hopscoth
  Do you remember games you played when you were a child? I looked forward to recess so much that
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That’s What I’m Writing — Speculative Fiction!
I must be the only writer in the world to finish two novels with no idea  what genre I was writing! However,
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Coracles!
Ever since the summer when I was nine years old and my family lived on a boat moored in a
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Welcome to The Worlds We Long For
Welcome to my new blog! I will be posting every week about the themes, folklore details, games and dances, environmental
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