• Germinate- A Science Fiction Story About A *Diff*icult Superbug (Guest Author)

    Day 32, 1843 Establishing our new home is proceeding reasonably smoothly, although the fauna is proving to be problematic. Mathilde slowly creeps backwards, her eyes flitting between the Bacillupins approaching her. She’s forced to come to a stop as her back hits a wall. They have her cornered. Three pairs...

  • 2024 Update!

    Hello all of you beautiful people! As we leave 2023, I can’t help but look back at the year and ask, “What happened here?” Not in the pensive, “How did my year go?” kind of way, but in the perplexed, “How are you still standing?” sort of way. The highs...

  • Are Dragons Warm-Blooded?

    Ruth never knew how unbearably warm a dragon blanket could be until she woke up covered in draclings. “Hey!” Ruth sat up, a kitten-sized dragon clinging for dear life on the top of her head as the others tumbled from her chest onto her lap. “What are you all doing...

  • Spiders, Spiders Everywhere!

    Quinn poked the massive spider carcass with her foot. The massive leg twice her height and size twitched, but did not uncurl from beneath the exoskeleton. “Yep,” she said. “It’s dead all right.” Her companion rolled their eyes. “I’m not blind. Can you tell what killed it?” “Clearly not its...

  • Spider Webs And Their Uses

    Quinn peaked out from behind the rotten logs and beheld the most beautiful sight that stole her breath away. A spider’s nest. A Giant Zithorn Orb-weaver’s nest, by the shape of it. And, if her raveler instincts were correct—and they were always correct—the nest was unguarded. Quinn squealed. “Score!” She...

  • Species in Fantasy- The Role of Scientific Terms in Fictional Settings

    On December 1st, 2022, Wizards of the Coast announced that the role-playing game, Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), would no longer be using the term “race”, and would instead be using the term “species” in its place. This was meant to address the inherent racism that the core lore has, up...

  • Chemistry in Fantasy

    “The Blacksmith was right; you can’t make a gold sword.” “But I have to get her highness a golden sword in three days for the duel! I don’t see how the sword can’t be like any other metal sword that anyone can just whip up!” Kasper pinched the bridge of...

  • Wounds Part 2

    Taner tore through the underbrush, making her way to the howling ripping through the forest air. “Oi!” She called out. “Oi, I’m here! I’m almost near you!” She rounded a tree and almost tripped over her patient. They were a soldier, clad in armor and on their back in the...