Monthly Archives: November 2010

Amnar Serial: 2.16. In That Case, We Will Take You Instead

The Holy Complex, High City, City State of Amin Duum Ashmuta 13, 4765 A shaking mess of nerves, Senior Duty Flight Telepath Cashaf sat on the edge of his seat in the office of the First High Warrior of Amin … Continue reading

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Amnar Background: 8 Soundtracks for The Inheritor

Like a lot of writers, I use music to write. I’m a synaesthete, and I find beyond the aid to concentration, certain pieces of music have a powerful effect on me, producing scenes from Amnar almost out of nowhere. A … Continue reading

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Amnar Serial: Background Notes 1. 12 Ashmuta, 4765

After some thought, I decided to start writing up notes like I did in the early days of the Amnar serial, since a few people showed interest. I have to start out by saying that I had no intention of … Continue reading

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Amnar Serial: 2.15. Selection Time

Pasila Sadat, The Lower City, City State of Amin Duum Ashmuta 13, 4765 Nenja had not slept. Whenever she closed her eyes, her mind danced straight back to the image of the man on the other side of the desk, … Continue reading

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Friday Reads: “We” by Yevgeny Zamyatin

For weeks and months in my book-reading community, we muttered the word “we” and of the mysterious author Zamyatin without really knowing much about it. It was rumoured to be The Book That Came Before 1984 and Brave New World, … Continue reading

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Amnar Serial: 2.14. You Must Know What They Say About You

City of Rad Ruinn, City State of Rad Ruinn Ashmuta 13, 4765 Zurov spent the evening at Dakka’s Place, a den in one of the southern neighbourhoods of Rad Ruinn. It had the advantage of being a long way from … Continue reading

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Amnar Serial: 2.13. Are You Kidding Me?

The Dedicated City Infirmary, City State of Rad Ruinn Ashmuta 12, 4765 The Dedicated City Infirmary crouched like a vast beast, jutting out at one end of the Holy Complex of Rad Ruinn and into the tight urban sprawl all … Continue reading

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Amnar Serial: 2.12. You’re With Us

The Lower Complex, The Nas Ashca Ashmuta 12, 4765 In the middle of the Guardian Defender’s chambers, Arist packed her possessions into a travelling bag. There were no stewards or maids to help her, and she only been granted permission … Continue reading

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Friday Reads: “The Carpet Makers” by Andreas Eschbach

There are certain rules to writing good fiction. Good characterisation, cause and effect, believable events, the capacity of the reader to follow a coherent plot by developing a relationship with the protagonist… Sometimes, though, if you’re really, really good, you … Continue reading

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Amnar Serial: 2.11. There’s Been A Change Of Plan

The Servants’ Hall, The Lower Complex, Nas Ashca Ashmuta 12, 4765 Daar stood at the bed of her room with a steward, packing. She still felt uncomfortable having the young man buzzing around her room collecting up her clothes for … Continue reading

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