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March 2017



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no more empty towers of unholy babylon

Too Many Necromancers aka The Shaded King aka This Thing Needs A Different Title

words today: 2000
words total: 7000

7000 / 25000 words. 28% done!

Reason for stopping: tired and hungry
Exercise: not unless laundry counts
Mean things: evil archaelogist
Things needing names:  
Things that did get named: two wicked archaelogists. the !Tigris and the !Euphrates
Darling: Bijou imagined she could smell the diesel and wind of a small airplane—like the one the prince maintained—still caught in their clothes and hair.
words Word don't know (I had to go back, because Scriv kept crashing):  scrying, sorcerously, amphisbaenae, argan, trousered, schiller, chittered
words I'm surprised Word does know:


. . . are you writing me a story with archaeologists in it?

(Okay, okay, it's not for me. But OMG. I want more stories with archaeologists in them. Really really want.)
These are strictly pulp archaeologists, I fear. Not real archaeologists.

Someday I might write one with real archaeologists...
...that one will totally be for you.
Awww, thank you!

I will even take pulp archaeologists. (They're the more narratively exciting kind, anyway.) I just realized, between a Podcastle story that promised me archaeology and then cheesed out, and truepenny's "The Venebretti Necklace" giving me just enough archaeology to whet my appetite, that I really really want some fantasy with archaeology in.

And for some reason, despite having a degree in the subject, I have no idea for such a story myself. So I make Puss-in-Boots faces at anybody who might give me some.
I think the best we can hope for here is unearthing an antique horror...
"The Union of Soil and Sky", Gregory Normal Bossert's recent Asimov's cover story, has science fictional archaeologists and does a pretty good job with them. I think of that story as in the same "alien archaeology" genre as Jack McDevitt's work and Robert Silverberg's novel Across a Billion Years.

I dunno about fantasy archaeologists, though. Which is odd, for all that fantasy's chockablock with ancient, vanished civilizations and their enigmatic artifacts. Digging through vasty mounds of potsherds isn't very sexy, but it's not like the SFnal archaeologists are doing that either.
Archaeology as such is a pretty recent development, academically speaking; but with all the steampunk novels out there, I really am surprised I haven't heard of any with steampunk archaeologists. (Think of the survey work you could do with airships! They could have been analyzing vegetative patterns in the nineteenth century, instead of tromping through those jungles on foot!)

I sort of lied when I said I had no ideas for this sort of thing. I intend to put some into the new series I'm doing. But the protagonist is a natural historian, not an archaeologist, so it's a side note, and I won't get to the books that scratch the itch for another couple of years. Until then, I live in hope. (And contemplate what I might want for an archaeology icon.)
Whoops, hit the wrong reply link the first time...

I was thinking that there must be some Steampunk Egyptologists around, at least, given how real-world archaeology basically was born in the Victorian era. If there really aren't, that's disappointing.
I haven't heard of any. But admittedly, my knowledge of steampunk fiction is not all that extensive.
Secondary archaeologist. It'll let you get into the colonialist can of worms from a different direction, too.
That's the plan. But not until book 3, probably, for a variety of reasons.

(The archaeological context will appear sooner, as this world is littered with ruins from a civilization that's kind of a cross between Atlantis and Egypt. But that isn't where the protagonist's interest lies.)
Write it! Write it!
I love Forerunner stories. But they seem to be out of fashion...
I'm acutally currently halfway through Patricia McKillip's newest (I think), _The Bards of Bone Plain_. I am not generally enjoying it quite as much as I usually do her work, but there is a Princess-archeologist who's quite my favorite character. (a major but not main character, which might have something to do with why I'm not quite loving it. And I wouldn't care to comment on her methodology. Still. Princess in holes in ground.)

I may have to check that out. Yesssss, I may indeed. ^_^
That's a lovely darling.