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New Website

I’ve made myself a new website! http://www.johnayliff.com I’m going to continue to use this WordPress site as a blog, but it’ll no longer double as my central web presence. The johnayliff.com domain now points to my new site rather than … Continue reading

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I made a Twitter bot: Space Overlord

Writing Seedship got me interested in procedurally generated text, and the other day I stumbled on Tracery, which is a simple procedural text generation tool. It powers Cheap Bots Done Quick, which lets you create your own Twitter bots using … Continue reading

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Interview: Laura Liddell Nolen

Laura Liddell Nolen‘s YA science fiction novel The Ark came out earlier this year from Harper Voyager. I interviewed her as part of the #VirtualVoyager festivities. JA: Where did the idea for The Ark come from? Why did you decide … Continue reading

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Belt Three pre-order links

Today marks one month until the ebook publication of Belt Three, a dystopian hard-sf space opera involving space pirates, clones, memory wipes, and mind-controlled spaceships, set in the ruins of a solar system that has been destroyed by alien machines. Longer … Continue reading

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RIP Terry Pratchett

I first read Terry Pratchett when he was a hot new thing that everyone was reading, before he became a beloved institution that everyone always read. I’m pretty sure my first of his books was Witches Abroad. Through my teens I … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Lady Vikings

According to this article on Tor.com, as many as half of Viking warriors may have been female. Researchers at the University of Western Australia decided to revamp the way they studied Viking remains. Previously, researchers had misidentified skeletons as male simply because … Continue reading

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Quantum Conundrum

My initial impression of Quantum Conundrum was, it’s not Portal. I mean, it’s really Not Portal: it invites comparison with Portal at falls short. I’m mostly interested in games as a storytelling medium, and I think it’s interesting to compare QC … Continue reading

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