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Three Ekphrastic Dialogues; or NO DUAL WIELDING UNTIL BOOK THREE Gods, Philosophers, and Robots Knee Deep in Mud for Art’s Sake More Stories...

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Three Ekphrastic Dialogues; or NO DUAL WIELDING UNTIL BOOK THREE
by Brian Staveley

SCENE ONE. Setting: Book One of the Epic Trilogy

In the first scene the WRITER is bright-eyed, fresh-faced, and recently showered, perhaps even wearing a jaunty blazer. The CHARACTER looks confused, wary, even a little frightened.

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Gods, Philosophers, and Robots
by Jo Walton

One of the odd things about explaining what The Just City is about is people’s reactions. The Just City is a fantasy novel about a group of classicists and philosophers from across all of time setting up Plato’s Republic on Atlantis, with the help of some Greek gods, ten thousand Greek speaking ten year olds they bought in the slave markets of antiquity, and some construction robots from our near future. What could possibly go wrong?

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Knee Deep in Mud for Art’s Sake
by Greg van Eekhout

I almost died writing Pacific Fire. Not to be whiny or anything. But I almost died.

For the second book in the California Bones trilogy, I needed some new, weird, Californian settings, and the Salton Sea fit the bill. Formed in 1905 when engineers accidentally flooded 343 square miles of Southern California desert, the Salton Sea is an eerie slow-motion disaster.

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