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Drakon Inspiration: The Villain

Athena’s note: A.M. Tuomala and I had a blast imagining the cast and music of the film version of Drakon. But the foundations of this immersive work are deep, and as fascinating as the part that’s above ground.  Below is a repost of the author’s reflections about the story’s non-obvious villain.  It’s interesting that the […]

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Unraveling Timelines by Lise Breakey: Cover Reveal and Teaser Synopsis

Lovers of history, superpower struggles, and star-crossed romances: feast your eyes on Eleni Tsami’s stunning cover to Lise Breakey’s Unraveling Timelines that fully captures the mythic magic and titanic conflict of the work (not the first amazing cover that Eleni has created for Candlemark). Lise started out writing fantasy role-playing game articles and books but […]

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A Valentine: A.M. Tuomala’s Luminous Erekos

Love, unconquerable in battle, Even immortals can’t escape you, And mortals, in their one day’s dusk, Tremble before your glory. Sophocles’ Antigone   English is notoriously poor in words of affection, including nuances of “love”.  When used without qualifiers, the term exclusively signifies romantic/sexual emotions.  But love (and, for that matter, hate) among blood kin […]

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Red Spawn Delivery Giveaway

The March 1 liftoff of Red Spawn Delivery, the third installment of Ganpril Webrid’s interplanetary escapades, is almost upon us! Anne E. Johnson has conscientiously decoded and transmitted the adventures of the furry hereditary carter and his rambunctious gang of loyal friends. In Green Light Delivery, Webrid had to deliver a laser source…embedded in his […]

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Wellside by Robin Shortt: Cover Reveal and Teaser Synopsis

Lovers of beauty (sorely needed these days) and devotees of the wondrous: feast your eyes on Jenny Zemanek’s inspired cover to Robin Shortt’s Wellside that eloquently conveys the originality, verve and magic of the work! Robin was born in Canberra and lives in Vancouver. His stories have previously appeared in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and […]

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To Shape the Dark: Liner Notes, Part 2

To Shape the Dark, the younger sibling of The Other Half of the Sky, focusing on women scientists doing science not-as-usual, has become as widely acclaimed as its illustrious predecessor: among other recognitions, it won a starred review in Publishers Weekly, two of its stories have been selected by Gardner Dozois for his Year’s Best […]

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All Wet: City of Devils/Fifty Feet of Trouble Companion Story by Justin Robinson

Those lucky souls, human or otherwise, who’ve read Fifty Feet of Trouble have encountered Merry Celestial and its intrepid crew. To give more background on this much-storied vessel, Justin Robinson has written a special companion story to City of Devils and Fifty Feet of Trouble. Fans of Captain El Acerico and Ensign Pulverized, rejoice and […]

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To Shape the Dark: Liner Notes, Part 1

To Shape the Dark, the younger sibling of The Other Half of the Sky, focusing on women scientists doing science not-as-usual, has become as widely acclaimed as its illustrious predecessor: among other recognitions, it won a starred review in Publishers Weekly, and two of its stories have been selected by Gardner Dozois for his Year’s […]

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Liner Notes: Fifty Feet of Trouble

Justin Robinson shares his thoughts about creating Fifty Feet of Trouble: That I would return to the City of Devils universe was a given. Honestly, if I had my druthers I’d never leave it. I’d just keep expanding it and expanding it, moving past the Walter Mosley-meets-Roger Corman detective stories of Nick Moss and into […]