Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Knights and Tourists

Some good writing news... First, the May/June 2012 Fantasy and Science Fiction has appeared, and includes my science fiction story "Grand Tour," along with a lot of very cool-looking stuff, including a new novella by author and poet Fred Chappell.

"Grand Tour," like "The Mote-Dancer and the Firelife" (Beneath Ceaseless Skies #90) and the upcoming "Star Soup," share a universe I figure I'll call the "Nightgift" universe, after the starship many of the characters will serve aboard at some point in their lives. I'm not sure how extensive the series will eventually be, but I like the idea of telling the tales of various people who cross paths aboard a starship, including aspects of their lives before and after their stints on board.

The second bit of good news is that Beneath Ceaseless Skies has accepted a new fantasy story, "How the Wicker Knight Would Not Move," which, like "The Lions of Karthagar" from Black Gate 15, is a standalone story set in the world of Persimmon Gaunt and Imago Bone. Needless to say, I am a very happy camper.


  1. Wonderful news, Chris. Well done. I will be picking up a copy of F&SF as soon as I can. I have yet to read "Mote Dancer," but it has the "honor" of being the first story I have purchased in digital format for my first e-reader. Keep 'em coming!

  2. I have a subscription already, thankfully. While at first glance I was disappointed that it wasn't an Gaunt and Bone story, I'm glad I'd read it. I'm starting to fall in love with I-Chen as well. Thanks for sharing. The first story I read of yours was when Gaunt and Bone end up going to Ultima Thule. There are just some stories that feel like meeting a new friend. I'm not capturing this feeling accurately. But your stories do this for me. They are so much fun to read and light up my imagination. Thanks for sharing. And thank you to your family as well. As a mother of two and a full-time teacher, I know that it's not always easy to find time.

    I keep looking for an anthology of your stories some day. I hope it will happen. Until then, I'll keep collecting these scattered gems where I can!

  3. Thanks, Tangle Key! And thanks also for acknowledging my family -- nothing would get written without them in my corner.

    I think teachers have a tougher job than librarians, by the way (I volunteer in a classroom, so I speak from experience) so my hat is off to you.

  4. Just finished Star Soup in Asimov's SF magazine and really enjoyed it. Really felt immersed in Dimhope and the Nightgift universe. Looking forward to reading more of your work!