The March Lightspeedmagazine is out, containing “Phalloon the Illimitable,” the fourth episode in the serialized novel, The Kaslo Chronicles. Hardboiled op Erm Kaslo and his new employer, the proto-wizard Diomedo Obron, go up against a stronger would-be thaumaturge, just as the universe is about to switch its rules of operation from rationalism to magic.
You can purchase the entire contents of this issue of Lightspeed as an ebook now, or read the Kaslo episode for free on the magazine’s website on March 25th. The previous episodes are available online in Lightspeed‘s archives.
In other news, I’ve sold a reprint to the latest iteration of the prestigious Canadian sf anthology, Tesseracts18. The theme of this year’s antho is “wrestling with gods — faith in science fiction and fantasy.”
My contribution, “So Loved” is a tale of the demiurge and offers an explanation of why the universe we inhabit appears to be only a rough draft of the real thing. It oriiginally ran in Postscripts 24/25.
Lorina Stephens, proprietor of Five Rivers Publishing, has posted an interview we did last month in preparation for the release of Old Growth. I get to put on my old crime writer’s hat (imagine a vintage 1940s fedora) and talk a little about my checkered past.
I’ve gone through all the Guth Bandar stories that appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction between 2004 and 2007, assembling them into a collection: The Compleat Guth Bandar. I’ve turned the text over to my excellent ebook designer, Bradley Schenck; I’ve arranged an ISBN; and I’ve asked the inestimable artist Ben Baldwin for a cover. If all goes well, by March, we should have an ebook. Like the others, it will sell for $2.99.
Guth Bandar was a key character in Black Brillion (Tor, 2004), but I didn’t have enough room in that book to tell the full story of his career as a noönaut (an explorer of the collective unconscious). So I wrote a series of stories that told how he came to be an unwilling helper to the somewhat tragic hero of Black Brillion, Baro Harkless.
The stories were later stitched together to make the novel The Commons, but The Compleat Guth Bandar comprises the magazine stories in in their original form. The collection includes “The Helper and His Hero,” which was shortlisted for a Nebula Award in the novella category.
One of the stories, “A Little Learning,” is available for a free read in my excerpts.
The first chapter of Old Growth, a mystery novel, is now available for a free read.
It’s the sequel to Downshift, my 1997 mystery, published originally by Doubleday Canada and rereleased last year by Five Rivers Publishing. Both novels follow the trials and tribulation of Sid Rafferty, who is kind of an alter ego of mine — a freelance speechwriter living on Vancouver Island in the 1990s, though he gets into more trouble than I usually did.
Official publication date is March 1, but the ebook version is already available on Amazon.