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02:04 23-09-2015
Anthony
Thought to mention this, as i'm not sure if you're aware of it: http://www.scifiideas.com/sfi/alien-ideas/the-aliens-of-furaha/
22:41 05-08-2014
William Stephens
Just wanted to say that the new layout is amazing!
10:10 17-04-2014
Spugpow
Here's a new mechanical method of flight: http://www.livescience.com/41501-mini-flying-robot-hovers-like-jellyfish.html
19:51 02-03-2014
McGravin
Hey, my name is McGravin and I'm a mod on the worldbuilding board on reddit (http://www.reddit.com/r/worldbuilding). Lately we have been doing "Ask Me Anything" style interviews with various professionals who use worldbuilding in their jobs; we just did one with Jordan Weisman who created the Shadowrun and Battletech settings and franchises. Someone suggested that you might make a good interviewee. If you're interested, I'd be happy to tell you more about it and perhaps schedule a time for you to join us. You can contact me by email (mcgravin@gmail.com) or on reddit (http://www.reddit.com/message/compose?to=%2Fr%2Fworldbuilding). Thanks!
08:00 24-02-2014
uncephalized
Hi there SN. Been reading your blog semi-quietly quietly for a while. Great stuff! I've got some sketches from a couple fiction projects I'm working on that I wanted to show you, but I don't have your email so figured I'd try here.
21:24 18-02-2014
Atry
Hello.

I recently read about Dixon's book Greenworld (which is only available in japanese) on your blog, where you also said that you've purchased both volumes. Could you please tell me were I can purchase them online, and if possible give me a link to their amazon.jp page, because no matter how much I try I just can't find them.

Could you do that please
 
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21:22 18-02-2014
Atry
Hello.

I recently read about Dixon's book Greenworld (which is only available in japanese) on your blog, where you also said that you've purchased both volumes. Could you please tell me were I can purchase them online, and if possible give me a link to their amazon.jp page, because no matter how much I try I just can't find them.

Could you do that please
21:57 10-02-2014
Andrew Broeker
Gert:

First some bug reports. The video link on your Cathedral Trees page is corrupt and I couldn't get your Arrox swamp video to play, though the latter issue may be on my end. Your 'Furaha right now!" picture is broken.

I love that you're fleshing out the floral end of the ecology and incorporating seasonality. It's something that most spec bio projects really overlook, along with your long-established focus on biomechanics. I still think you should give at least brief cursory overview of biochemistry. As it stands you haven't even established that Furahan life is carbon based.

I really hope you publish soon. I can't wait to buy the book.
00:17 09-02-2014
Mechaniac
Thanks =) I think about encyclopedia on Wikidot - me know how to make it right, but firstly need to finish main information, upgrade it and find somebody who can translate these texts. The most difficult part is to start %)
23:22 18-01-2014
SN
It's here: http://s1.zetaboards.com/Conceptual_Evolution/index/
22:26 01-01-2014
Mechaniac
SN: Thanks %) What forum do you mean? Zetaboards? I'm not a member of many English websites and don't know much about them~ Anyway it must be a good idea =)
21:01 23-12-2013
SN
Mechaniac: sorry for not responding earlier, but as fewer people use this guestbook I check it less often. Anyway, I like your work, in particular the anatomical details. Your work also stands out because of an obvious sense of humour, much too rare in speculative biology!

So far I have only looked quickly at the images, becausing working our anything through Google Translate takes time, (but is better than having no translation at all)

Have you considered posting your work in English at the Speculative Evolution Forum? I am certain you will get much feed=back there.
16:42 15-12-2013
Mechaniac
Good morning %) I heared you look for other speculative biology projects? Me have one... well, more than one, but only this is active (sort of). It's called Ambarra. I finished only first half or so at the moment. Didn't plan to show it so early, but who cares =) It's in Russian and has some odd names of unusual organs, so be prepared.

Main site - http://ambarra.unoforum.ru
Animals - http://ambarra.unoforum.ru/?0-2
Their anatomy - http://ambarra.unoforum.ru/?0-1
Some more info - http://sivatherium.borda.ru/?1-5-0-00000220-000-80-0-1386836551

Still slightly-more-than-nothing about kozilids (insects with weird eyes), worms et.c. and plants. Also there are no big flying animals in these lands.

If you're interested I can tell more %)
00:46 18-10-2013
Petr
Floaty feet? hadn't even thought of that! but really, I was thinking of a tiny critter that would use the surface tension of water to support itself, just like a water strider, but instead of those jerky moves, it would use sails... Probably not original enough either...

And thank you for the info about tapejara, that's new to me! I learn something new every day... =)
23:07 17-10-2013
SN
Timothy: in truth, I am not certain what to say. On the one hand your idea is flattering, and I once accepted just such an offer from Marc Boulay; on the other hand, in Marc's case I knew quite well what he could do, and I have no way of knowing whether your rendering of my designs would fit with how I imagine them to be. This is not meant to be disparaging or insulting, and I hope you do not take it that way. Could I have a look at the kind of work you do?

Petr: here is a snippet of interest. The only reason the schaatsbeest was not painted because I had to little time when the idea was fresh, and when I had time I painted something fresher. I also designed an animal with a floating body with a kind of sail held up with a balloon. I then scrapped that as I reasoned that the flexible connection between the sail/balloon and the body would ensure it could only move with the wind, never against it. Well, much later kite surfing made it abundantly clear that I was very wrong.
Could the schaatsbeest be turned into a 'zeilbeest' (sailing beast)? That depends a bit on how you envisage it. The schaatsbeest had skates instead of feet, and if a zeilbeest has to have floats at the ends of its legs, those floats would have to be impractically large. A more practical alternative would be to have the animal use its entire body to float with, and it could then use modified wings as sails.
The problem with that is that it has been done: such a design has been proposed for pterosaurs (Tapejara: http://phys.org/news175183328.html), so it would not feel like a fresh idea.
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