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Bryn Hammond

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Influences on my life: Dostoyevsky, Beowulf, James Tiptree Jr.

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I live in Australia. Ex-British.

Always a writer, but it’s with Amgalant I settled down. Before that, I spent years over a creative translation of Beowulf, and on unfinished sf/f novels with an inclination to New Weird – often a historical setting with extraterrestrials. Now it’s simply Mongols. An encounter with the Alexiad in my teens captured my imagination on behalf of steppe peoples, and afterwards I saw Gibbon’s Decline and Fall from a barbarian perspective.

I’m interested in the convergences and intersections of history and imaginative work. I’ve understood the past through its written arts; and I think it’s possible to write decent history as art, too.


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Bryn Hammond Chosen for its cuteness. No story attached I'm afraid. Except that I did want to tell the world, 'how cute is this Mongol name?'

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Chosen for its cuteness. No story attached I'm afraid. Except that I did want to tell the world, 'how cute is this Mongol name?'

I am a serious name fan. Names are such a thing with me I flick through novels to see whether the author & I have similar ideas on what's a great name, and if we don't... I figure I mightn't like the novel either.

Temujin, Jamuqa. Toqtoa, Tarqutai. Khabul, Daritai. Ambaghai, Bultachu. There was almost no name that turned up in his story, which I didn't have a strong urge to seize upon and use. Yes, this was a significant factor in my choice of story.

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Thanks for the question, Mark.
I guess the three types of research material are the scholarly history, anthropology, and the primary sources. Not in that order: the primary sources have the most to tell, about how people at the time thought of themselves, and anthropology might even come second, for the close study of culture. Still, I am addicted to getting those history books. I put them on my ‘steppe’ shelves here when I own them. You have to own them to consult them at the dead of night. And to scribble in them, which I’m afraid must be done or I’d never keep track of what’s where. The internet is a Godsend for access to academic work when you’re not in (institutional) academia. Digital resources – yay! Open access – even better! (less)
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It isn’t always easy, to catch up with films made in Mongolia or China or Kazakhstan, on the subject of Mongols. A few of them struggle into international distribution. Let’s support them.


They are different. In this quick post I won’t try to list or express how, why and where they are different, but from the bottom up, in a dozen ways, every second on screen, on a fundamental level, they are di...

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Righto. I am an anti-power campaigner myself.
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Bryn Hammond Me too you. Right back. :)


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Bryn Hammond Steve wrote: "...have you ever heard of this?

No... not until your blog. I'll go read about it there.


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Steve Evans Hey Bryn hope all is well in your world...have you ever heard of this? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-env... aka the voynich document? What do you think?


Arkadagy Saparshy Thanks for Great Steppe's list :)


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