Karavansara

East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai


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Fly me to the moon

I had mentioned this already in the past, but today I got an update, and so you get an update too.
The two volumes of the Unbreakable Ink anthology, edited by Shebat Legion, and featuring two stories of mine, will be part of the Lunar Codex project.

The purpose of the project is to create three time capsules on the surface of the moon, containing a selection of creative works from our home world.

As an arts and culture project, The Lunar Codex has been called the most expansive, international, and diverse collection of contemporary culture launched to the Moon. Significantly, it is the first project to launch the works of women artists to the lunar surface. It is also the first project, to our knowledge, to place film and music on the Moon. 

A long time reader (and sometimes writer) of science fiction, this is an old dream that comes true – from the time I spent my Sunday evenings watching Space 1999 on a small Zenith black and white TV. Granted, 1999 is long gone, and it will only be two stories of mine that get on the dusty surface of the moon, but what the heck, they will be there, and I will be too, and forever.

So, should you happen to be around the Lunar South Pole in the future, you’ll be able to check my stories, and every other story in the anthologies collection.
Or you can go on Amazon, and buy them here on Earth.

And now, a little music…


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Here we go again

What a weird start of this new year.
I was working on two major projects (and a few minor ones) and then my PC died, had to get a new one, set it up, recover my stuff…
I went through a bout of bad health, and then the war began – reasonably far from my country, but still we are feeling the aftershocks: friends who lost everything, people who live in feat, and people being killed.
Nothing new in human history, but still something that caused a moment of complete disconnect.

And in all honesty it feels extremely selfish and superficial, in a moment like this, to update one’s blog, writing about stories and personal projects, and all that.
Does anybody care?

But still, both the big projects were delivered with a minimum of fuss, and I am starting to work on a new story as I wait for the contract to be finalized.
And so I was doing a bit or research, and found this thing, and thought I’d share it here.
As a token to my intention of picking up posting again.

And yes, I am about to write a new story set in Shanghai…


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Nefarious

I’ve just got my contributor copy of The Nefarious Villains of Sherlock Holmes, edited by David Marcum for Belanger Books. The volume includes my story “The Tiger and the Bear”, featuring Sebastian Moran.

As for the photo, I can quote the late Leonard Cohen and point out “I don’t usually look this good, or this bad (depending on your politics)”.


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A whale of a tale in Shanghai

I am happy to announce that the new Pro Se Press collection, The Further Adventures of Ned Land is now available for purchase in the bookshop of Mr Jeffrey Bezos, Esq.
The volume collects a series of stories that focus on Ned Land, the Canadian whaler that first appeared in Jules Verne’s 20.000 Leagues under the Seas.

The book, which features a simply stunning cover by Lo Iacono & Marzia Marina, includes a story of mine: in The Mother of Lightning, Ned will make a stop in Shanghai and will have to face the menace of the Soochow Creek Dragon.
Things will happen.

The ebook is out now for less than a buck, and the paperback volume is highly recommended, if just for that beautiful cover…


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Next summer, in Bloodwood

Today I took a day off from the web. I shovelled some snow off the courtyard and then went with my brother for a supply run. In the next weeks, we will hole up in our house and crawl under a stack of blankets.

And while I was away from my PC, the news dropped about the Summer of 2022 release schedule from Aconyte Books … and lo and behold, there is my name on the list!

I am therefore happy to announce that next year my novel The Raiders of Bloodwood will be released by Aconyte, as part of their line of novels supporting the Descent, Legends of the Dark tabletop game.

The novel is a sprawling high fantasy romp, featuring a mismatched band of common people that will find themselves in a tight spot, and will have to learn to be heroes. It is going to be fun.

I am very proud of being part of the Aconyte team, and I am very happy with the opportunity they gave me to write a big fat novel filled with monsters, escapes, battles, magic and strangeness.

And here is the cover, by the excellent Asur Misoa.

More news as stuff hapens.