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Sue Burke

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I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, lived briefly in Austin, Texas, y'all, and moved with my husband to Madrid, Spain, in December 1999. Then back to the US, specifically Chicago, in July 2016.

I've worked for forty years as a journalist, both as a reporter and editor, and I translate from Spanish to English.

I also write poetry, essays, and fiction, especially science fiction.

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Sue Burke I began the research before I thought about writing the novel. It started because one day I discovered that one of my houseplants had killed another p…moreI began the research before I thought about writing the novel. It started because one day I discovered that one of my houseplants had killed another plant -- a pothos had wrapped around another plant, which died from a lack of light. Then a few weeks later another plant tried to sink roots into different plant.

I decided to find out if this was normal plant behavior, and it was. Plants are often aggressive against each other and sometimes against animals, too. They often try to manipulate animals, as well. The more I learned, the more I thought there could be a story to tell.

The research took a while, since every answer led to another question and botany keeps making new discoveries, but the research also gave me more ideas to enrich the story. I now have a shelf of books.

Slowly, the novel began to take shape, although sometimes I had to research a specific detail as I went along, such as the communication scents of the Glassmakers (based on Earth ants) and how plants could duplicate the odors.(less)
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Sue Burke Hi Ben,
Yes, I see now I missed the chance for a good plot twist.
The Glassmakers left because they were failing to thrive and hoped that returning to t…more
Hi Ben,
Yes, I see now I missed the chance for a good plot twist.
The Glassmakers left because they were failing to thrive and hoped that returning to their nomadic lifestyle would solve the problem. If they had hung on a little longer, Stevland would have figured out how to help them, but they didn't know that, and they didn't understand him well enough even to say goodbye. Besides that, nomadic life didn't solve the problem.
But now that you mention it, I could have made it more dramatic....

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Asymmetry in language: matrimony vs. patrimony

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Matrimony means the state of being married: marriage.





Patrimony means an estate or heritage from one’s father or ancestors.





Apparently, it’s important for women to get married. It’s important for men to own things they didn’t pay for.





Both words originated in Latin based on the words for “mother” and “father” respectively. I conclude that something asymmetrical has been going on in both

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